We all know how the story goes: you panic over passion for school, get involved in a queue of young adult encounters, get involved in your first long-term relationship, but still walk away after 3 years or more. I’ve been there, I’ve done that. And every time, you think, “Yeah, that must be it,” and every time, it’s not.
Fortunately, love really is a numbers game, and mathematicians have figured out the age when we’re most likely to find our perfect match.
We find this branch of science and the human soul so fascinating that we can’t wait to share it with you.
Our romantic life can be interpreted through a mathematical theory
Mathematics Dr. Hannah Fry conducted a to study which revealed the age when people are most likely to find true love. In his research, he relied on patterns, statistics, and math-based algorithms, including what he called “optimal stopping theory.”
In short, there are several people we can date throughout our lives, and these relationships vary in quality. According to this theory, we can predict how many hypothetical partners we will have before finding “the right one.”
It lets us know when to stop looking and commit to the best candidate.
We maximize our chances of finding the perfect match after the age of 27
the math says tells us that the chances of finding true love with people we meet during the first 37% of their romantic life are very low. Let’s say you want to get married before 40 and started dating at 15.
This means that you are unlikely to find a happy ending with the people you date between the ages of 15 and 27.
Between 27 and 35 there is a window that allows you to choose someone who is better for you than all the people you have dated before. That’s because now you can look back at all of that previous 37% and compare.
We need those failed relationships
All the people you date before the age of 27 are part of the process that will lead you to find your true love. Your romantic experience and your past relationships allow you to learn from them and understand what you expect from a romantic partner.
These first loves improve your ability to observe, helping you to recognize the person who suits you best. In your late twenties and into your thirties, you’ll be mature and experienced enough to have a more realistic expectation of what you’re looking for in relationships.
We always did it unconsciously
You may have noticed that we do it anyway, without even knowing all this math. We take a little time to experiment and “play the field” when we are young. We didn’t start seriously considering potential “marriage material” until we were in our early 20s.
Dr. Fry’s theory collides human behavior with mathematics, but love always goes beyond numbers. Math doesn’t lie, but neither does the heart.
So if you’ve met someone you can imagine spending the rest of your life with before the age of 27, it doesn’t mean that person isn’t your true love. Choose what you think is best for you!
At what age did you meet your true love? How did this happen?