The authors found that when the available prospects varied more in attributes such as age, height, occupation and educational background, people made fewer dating proposals.This effect was particularly strong when individuals were faced with a large number of partners.A study in 2008 by Lenton and Barbara Fasolo of the London School of Economics and Political Science indicates that participants often misjudge how the number of options available to them will affect their feelings.

As you might imagine, I did not find the love of my life.

I made some beginner’s mistakes; however, I am not alone in having struggled with speed dating.

Yet we need not be passive victims of our circumstances.

Knowing how your environment influences your mind-set, a quality known as ecological rationality, can help you make the choices that are best for you.

In a study in 2011 in the journal , University of Edinburgh psychologist Alison P.

Lenton and University of Essex economist Marco Francesconi analyzed more than 3,700 dating decisions across 84 speed-dating events.

It sounds simple, but each variable in the design of the event can affect the daters’ outcomes.

In spite of maxims about so many fish in the sea, for example, recent research tells us that the heart prefers a smaller pond.

One speed-dating company in New York City, for example, holds a gathering almost every day.