Men made more choices than women, but overall the majority of the participants left the speed-dating events single.
The authors concluded that too much variety leads to people putting off decisions. is confusing and potentially detrimental to choice quality,” the authors write in the study Too much of a good thing? “The bounded rationality with which we process the information (about mates) we receive may have long roots into our evolutionary history, in which we have typically been exposed only to a limited number of potential partners,” Francesconi said.
sight only counts for one vote of five.”Chartrand said initially, the Speed-dating for the Senses project and Scientists for Love started off as a bit of a joke — neither of the business partners are trained scientists, with Chartrand’s background in English literature and partner Leigh Kotsilidis working as a managing editor of a literary magazine — but after brainstorming over a beer, their plans took off.
The team has pulled off four speed-dating events in Montreal.
“In contexts in which time is a limited resource, choice variety . “It may also have to do with the fact that we would usually look at some key characteristics which summarize well the nature of the partner (or the good) we intend to consider for a proposal (or a purchase).” For example, people might pay attention only to observable traits such as age, and weight and use such traits to guide their decisions.
But at a certain point their ability to put together all such pieces of information becomes weaker, leading to poor choices or no choices at all, he said.
Melissa Seifert, co-founder of Oakville-based speed-dating company Single in the City, which holds events in Toronto, disagrees.
“One of the reasons has to do with our limited ability to deal with ‘too much’ information,” Francesconi told the Star in an email interview.
“There is a ‘bound’ on how much we can usefully process and take account into our decisions (whether they refer to our chocolate consumption or our mate choices).” Beyond that bound, additional availability of chocolates, as well as of mates, becomes redundant if not deleterious to our propensity to choose, he said.
Francesconi and Linton came to their conclusions after analyzing decisions made by 1,870 male and 1,868 female participants in more than 80 commercially run speed-dating events.
Called “part speed-dating, part performance art, part science” by its creators, the event includes five different experiments involving sound, touch, taste, scent and sight, all designed to knock participants out of the dating doldrums.
“(In the experiment,) people meet each other kind of backwards from what a normal context would be,” said Amy Chartrand, one half of the Scientists for Love duo, a group dedicated to studying love in all its forms.