The question is: How deep into the pool of applicants do you go to maximize your chance of finding the best one? If you have five applicants, you wait until the third to start judging.
If you interview just three applicants, the authors explain, your best bet is making a decision based on the strength of the second candidate. So if you're looking for love between the ages of 18 and 40, the optimal age to start seriously considering your future husband or wife is just past your 26th birthday (37% into the 22-year span).
It was ultimately the right call, I felt, and experts seem to agree.
Before then, you'll probably miss out on higher-quality partners that could still come around, but after that, good options could start to become unavailable, decreasing your chances of finding a good match.
In mathematics lingo, searching for a potential mate is known as an "optimal stopping problem." Over 1,000 possibilities, Christian and Griffiths explain, you should pull the trigger on someone 36.81% of the way through.
The range doesn't align exactly — 28 years old is closer to a 45% Rule — but partners usually decide on each other a while before their actual wedding.
Wolfinger's analysis also revealed that a couple's chances of breaking up increased by 5% each year after age 32. Since it borrows from the cold logic of math, it assumes that people have a reasonable understanding of what they want in a partner by 26, but doesn't account for the fact that what we look for in our partners may change dramatically between 18 and 40.
Personals are for people local to Louisville, KY and are for ages 18 of either sex.