Gone are the days of courting women you met at church or at the park. Today, the college scene, parties, and online sites are where I see my friends gravitating towards to meet partners. Tinder, an application for smartphones, is just the newest advent.
I wonder, why would people with extremely low superficial values use an app like Tinder? Would a Tinder user not reject any potential dialect upon seeing someone who reflects an abomination? Would someone considered to be in the 99th percentile not find more productive means to find a life partner? I cannot imagine coming across an Aphrodite on Tinder
If we assume that beauty has a standard normal distribution then the extremes one standard deviation from the mean contains 68% of the population, two standard deviations contains 95% of the population, and three deviations contains 99% of the population.
Common sense tells us that the vast majority of Tinder users come from withing one standard deviation. This probability is further reinforced by my theory that it would be counter productive for anyone in the extremities of the distribution to use the Tinder. For those who are in the lower extreme of a beauty distribution, I believe your best chances of finding a significant other is by letting them get to know you, and showing off other traits that attribute to your mate value.
What I mean by “mate value” is the aggregate value of the desirable traits you look for when looking to date, love, or marry. Such traits include beauty, human capital(intelligence), wealth, income potential, etc. It is not just sex appeal. If you’re funny, exploit that strength. If you’re brilliant, again, show it off! If you are in the high extremes, I don’t have any advice for you and you probably wouldn’t need it. For those of use who are single, lowering your standards will go a long way, at least that’s what my economic training suggests.