37% of your dating prospects won't be worth it, study says

Like the popular saying goes, before you find true love, you must have kiss a few frogs before meeting a prince, which means you'll encounter some 'fake' people before meeting 'the one'.

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This theory might just be true as mathematician has now come up with a formula for finding a perfect mate.

Dr. Hannah Fry, a mathematician at University College London, has developed a practical theory for love that involves ruling out anyone you meet in the first 37% of your dating life.

The theory suggests if someone began dating at the age of 15, and hoped to stop at 40 at the latest, they should not plan to find true love before age 24.

It also suggests that people 'get a free for the marketplace' when they are young before settling down with the 'next person that comes along who is better than everyone they have met before.'


Fry has publishing a 116-page book entitled The Mathematics of Love. Some of her statistically proven tips include always being prepared to approach a would-be mate, finding a similar-looking but slightly less attractive 'wingman,' and never cropping one's faults out of a photograph on an online dating profile.

Speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival, Fry said that looks were not proven to make a difference in finding love.

At a party, she said, "Ultimately, no one cares if you look like or . All they care about is how you look compared to everybody else."

Therefore, she suggested finding a similar looking, slightly less attractive friend was the best strategy.

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