Dating Formula Finds ‘Worthless Gifts’ Get the Girls

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GeekIt’s Friday so let’s kick
back and enjoy some geek psychology.
Seeing the phrases ‘human
courtship’ and ‘mathematical modelling’ in the same sentence means only one
thing – a couple of maths PhDs had too much time on their hands. Dr Peter Sozou
and Professor Rob Seymour of UCL created a model of human courtship that finds
that essentially ‘worthless gifts’ like theatre tickets or meals out will get
you the right girl.
The theory goes that if you
buy her something that can be exchanged or refunded, she’ll dump you and cash
in the winnings. On the other hand, if you cleverly show you’re not tight by
paying for the meal, the message that you’re a good provider is sent but you
can’t be ripped off – it’s tricky for her to get a refund on a partly-digested
Here’s a few more problems for
the geek psychologists to work on: calculating the optimum hairstyle for
successful mating, including a formula that takes into account length, parting
and ‘product’. Also perhaps with the new mathematics of mating we can solve the
Fermat’s Last Theorem of dating: when on a date how much should you tip a
waitress who, while delivering excellent service, kept flirting with you and
making your date jealous?
the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.