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Mathematician’s theory on “the one”

(I purposefully omitted details about my friend as he has no idea I have a blog or that he’s become the star of it.  Should he recognize his work and wish to claim it, I’ll be happy to give him credit.)

One night, over margaritas, a mathematician and I got into a discussion about the one.  I charmed him with my theory that there are six perfect matches for each person capable of making them happy and sustaining a long-term relationship.  Upon finishing, he gave me a patiently bemused look that mathematicians practice from the age of two and asked me how I arrived at six.  After hemming and hawing, I broke down and told him the truth – I pulled it out of my ass.  He then opted to share his theory on the one which generated a number far greater than six.  This was his formula (broken down for us mere mortals):

  • Population of the world divided by 2 (approximate number of females on the planet)
  • Approximate number of females on the planet divide by 3 (based on an average lifespan of 60 years worldwide, this will eliminate those too young or too old)
  • Approximate number of age-appropriate females divided by 2 (eliminating those that are married)
  • Approximate number of single, age-appropriate females divided by 2 (using a standard bell curve to assume attractiveness)
  • Approximate number of attractive, single, age-appropriate females divided by 10 (subjective number to eliminate females without common interests – your mileage may vary)
  • Approximate number of attractive, single, age-appropriate females with common interests divided by 1000 (subjective number to eliminate females unlikely to meet – your mileage may vary based travel, sociability, etc.)

Based on this, he estimated that there were approximately 20,000 the ones that he could make happy and sustain a long-term relationship with.  The point of the theory is not to disabuse you of the notion of a perfect person – if you want to live in fairy tales, that is your decision to make.  However, his theory does point out the reality that there are far more potential matches out there than we may initially believe.

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