Professor Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center, once said “Everyone who is single is voluntarily single.”
What he means is that if we lowered our standards enough, we could guarantee ourselves a significant other. Evidently we have high and almost unrealistic expectations for ourselves. If you curse Valentines day because you are without a significant other, you only have yourself to blame. You could have tried romancing with the chubby girl who is always complementing your smile or the girl who everyone shuns. You had to set your eyes on the high hanging fruit, the girl everyone dreams of, the girl who is clearly out of your league.
Bryan Caplan may also suggest that part of the reason you are single is due to an “information problem.” The market is not perfect, there are opportunities for trade that go unfulfilled. In a market for significant others, the best way to correct for the information problem is to ask as many girls out, also known as the shotgun method.
This method may seem unreasonable to some, and there is a bit of a social stigma for those who do employ this method. This is especially true if they are girls. But someone will appreciate your initiative for lowering the information cost, and there is a good chance you will eventually find someone who reciprocates the feelings. Let us say that the chances are higher than if you were to stay at home writing blog posts.
You are at an advantage if what you value most is not a priority for your competitors. For me, soccer abilities take priority followed by their inclination towards libertarianism.