People Go "Out of Their League" in Online Dating


If you've ever worked in sales, you understand the law of large numbers, or the law of averages, or whatever you want to call it.

What that means is if you talk to 100 people, 85 of them aren't interested in what you're selling, you might get into conversation with 15 people, but only 5 of them might actually buy what it is you're selling. 

Well that same principle applies to online dating in today's world. 

A new study out of the University of Michigan analyzed 187,000 people on online dating apps and looked at messages people were sending and to whom.

They found 2 things:

1. People go after others that are "25% more desirable" than they are. 

2. They know it, too . . . the more they think someone's out of their league, the longer the message they write to them to try to win them over. 

The thing is, if you apply the law of large numbers to dating online, IT WILL WORK, if you stick with the strategy and are comfortable with dealing with a lot of rejecion.

Take Johan for example, he looks like a freakin' douchebag half the time and he still managed to date a woman that is WAY more attractive than he is.

The researchers said, "We can tell you what your probabilities are [of getting a response], and perhaps they are hovering around 10% when you're messaging aspirationally.  But that's not zero." 

Full Story & Credit: Michael Nedleman; CNN; Online dating study: Are you chasing people 'out of your league'?

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