Many people live with the hope that Mister or Miss Perfect are out there waiting for them and one day they will meet and live happily ever after. Being fixed on this idea makes them say ‘no’ to people who are actually quite ok but don’t really meet their expectations. But if the findings of a new study are to be considered those waiting for Mr. Right might be wasting their time.
As indicated by a new report opting for “Mr. or Miss Right Now” and accepting them is a better approach from an evolutionary point of view rather than queuing perpetually for “Mr. Right”.The study was directed by the specialists at the Michigan State University (MSU). The group there analyzed the development of risk aversion and found that it is in our nature as human beings opt for safe bets when risk is high. One example is the mating choice. This human tendency can be identified even in the earliest time of human species history.
Chris Adami, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at MSU and one of the researchers involved in the study noted that primitive ancestors were also probably in the position to bet on the odds of finding a better mating partner or not. He further explained:
“They could either choose to mate with the first, potentially inferior, companion and risk inferior offspring, or they could wait for Mr. or Ms. Perfect to come around. If they chose to wait, they risk never mating.”
Adami and his colleague Arend Hintze came up with a computational model to identify the risk taking attitudes in humankind through multiple generations with digital organisms.
These digital beings were customized in such a way that they could discover the feedback of their choices in high-result bets, reflecting the choices that may adjust their lives but are much needed for the flesh and bones entities, like for example, picking a mate.
As per Adami, individuals typically wait for their ideal mate and by doing as such they are exposed to an increased risk of ‘leaving the game’ with next to nothing as they will not have any offspring.
For the research, the analysts took into account numerous variables impacting the risk-taking conduct of the individuals and found that there are certain factors that seriously affect our decision-making.
The specialists likewise found that the avoidance of risks is connected to the group size in which people grew up. As ancient humans lived in little gatherings of approximately 150 people, their surroundings additionally helped advance risk aversion attitudes.
Hintze inferred that the group size and not the aggregate populace size played a crucial part in the development of risk aversion. However, he noted the rate of risk aversion is not identical in every case. The study’s discoveries were published in Scientific Reports.
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