His quirky study uses a famous formula called The Drake Equation, which was first used to estimate the existence of extra-terrestrial life.
The mind-numbing equation takes into account the number of single women aged 24 to 34 living in his home city of London - meaning Backus’s chances of meeting his dream woman on a night out are slim.
Your dating profile has clearly highlighted your needs, wants and wishes.
here's what..a product of online dating (yahoo messenger, no less) and long-distance relationship myself, there's never a guarantee as to who you're going to meet through on-line dating sites.
i'm not much of a risk-taker but i went head on against the better judgment of people around me.
When you’ve been single a long time, it starts to seem like there’s just no one out there. A mathematician in England worked with a team of researchers to figure out all the big requirements and deal-breakers people have when it comes to dating. Hanging out with coworkers and their friends is next at 16%. Meeting people through a shared interest or hobby gives you an 11% boost.
But according to a new study, your odds of finding someone are probably better than you think . And she calculated that if you don’t even TRY, the odds of meeting someone you could fall in love with on any given day are 1 in 562. It’s not clear how well it would translate if you ran the numbers in the U. She also found seven things you can do to give yourself even better odds .
Meeting friends of friends (four per cent) and being set up by family members (one per cent) were found to be the least effective routes to finding love.
The researchers, from the University of Bath, calculated the odds of falling in love with the help of celebrity mathematician Rachel Riley.
Using an online dating site ups your chances by 17%.
and being set up on dates by a family member only gives you a 1% boost.
The researchers based their calculations on 18 key factors, including your location, desired age, physical attractiveness and relationship status.
Sadly, they found that just 84,440 people in the UK fit the average person's romantic requirements from an adult population of over 47 million. Ms Riley said: 'When it comes down to it, love really is a numbers game.'Obviously, the more people you make the effort to meet the higher your chances of romantic success.'But, as our data suggests, the odds of love can drastically diminish when we get too prescriptive about age, location, looks, and even pet preferences!
But the good news is that there are several things you can do to improve those odds, including saying yes to after-work drinks, and joining online dating services.