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The Math of Dating



Some things about online dating are the same regardless of one's age, sex, or geographic location (but for the record I am fifty-four, female, and live in Ann Arbor). And though the Internet changes the way dates begin, the outcomes follow the same patterns they always have. After using a number of Internet dating sites-Yahoo,, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, and Craigslist-off and on for five years, and having been out on more than a hundred dates, I have discovered there are basically five outcomes to dating:

  1. You want to see the person again, but they don't want to see you….47.5%
  2. The other person wants to see you again but you don't want to see them……47.5%
  3. Both parties agree…it ain't going to happen….3.5%
  4. Both parties are interested in a second date…..1.45 %
  5. Both parties are interested in dating and seeing what develops down the road….. .05%
That's right, the odds of meeting a "keeper" or even getting a second date are about as good as those of the Detroit Lions having a winning season, finding a free parking spot during Art Fair, or beating the "regulars" to the hidden antiques and collectibles at Treasure Mart.

So why would a well-educated and seemingly sane female roll the dice and decide it's worth the time and effort?

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