April 29, 2005

Long Odds

What was that survey a few years back that announced that women over a certain age had a better chance of being struck by lightning than meeting a guy and getting married?

It seems there's little hope for us, "really nice", guys too.

Philip Greenspun writes about the "Efficient Market Hypothesis" as applied to the prospects for us single guys.

...if the guy were actually worth dating one of the millions of women who live within a 30-mile radius of his house would have figured it out.

It occurred to me that all of the really nice mature easygoing people that I know are married.  If one looks carefully at a single person it is usually not hard to find an explanation for why they are not happily paired.  One might be able to find an exception in an isolated fishing community in Alaska but in a major metro area within the Lower 48 it seems improbable.

Posted by jackhodgson at April 29, 2005 11:17 PM