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Dating - from a statistical perspective

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Are you familiar with the Drake Equation (N = N* x fp x ne x fl x fi x fc x L)? It was created for estimating the number of alien civilizations that may exist in our galaxy, but it can be used to estimate potential girlfriends. How so? Peter Backus, a 31-year-old grad student, modified the Drake Equation to estimate suitable girlfriends that may exist in the UK for him. He came up with the following Dating Equation: G = N * x fW x fL x fA x fU x fB x [fM x fS x fl].

There are some minimum requirements that Backus factored in. The individual is a single woman in London between the ages of 24-34 with a university degree who is attractive and mutually attracted with similar interests (gets along). The equation ultimately yields the number of girls who meet the minimum requirements. Backus found that there were 189 potentially realistic girlfriends in all of London. Girlfriend odds are one in 4,762 after talking to an age appropriate woman in London.

What about offline dating compared to online dating? According to Backus, 0.014 of girls in a club are potential girlfriends—while 63 of girls online are potential girlfriends.

How do you feel about the claim that dating sites are approximately 2025 times more effective than going to clubs? Please share in the comments, and be sure to take a look at the full infographic to learn more!


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