Settling for Mr. Okay Is Better Than Waiting for Mr. Perfect, Study Says

February 9, 2015 10:03 AM

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It is better to settle for Mr. or Ms. Okay than searching too hard for the perfect mate, says a new study. As the Valentine’s Day is approaching, a number of people are trying to find a date. Researchers suggest that instead of holding out for someone who makes you 100 percent happy, it is wiser to go for someone who fits in your needs and goals. Michigan State University professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, Chris Adami said “Primitive humans were likely forced to bet on whether or not they could find a better mate. They could either choose to mate with the first, potentially inferior, companion and risk inferior offspring, or they could wait for Mr. or Ms. Perfect to come around.”

For the study, researchers used a computational model to determine the risk-taking behaviors of thousands of generations. Digital organisms used for the study were programmed to make bets in high-payoff gambles. The study reflected the life-altering decisions made by natural organisms, such as selec...

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