Taking a mathematical approach to is the antithesis of romance. But if you're tired of your romantic future existing inside a crystal ball, the 37% rule. The brainchild of journalist Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths, the 37% rule is considered an "algorithm to live by" and can help humans take a data-backed approached to life's many confusing decisions.
Here's the gist of it: When you need to screen a range of options in a limited amount of time, make a decision when you've seen around 37% of all the options. The idea is that, at that point in the selection process, you'll have enough information to make an informed, knowledgeable decision. When applied to dating and marriage, assuming you're looking for a romantic partner between the ages of 18 and 40, the sweet spot is around age 26.
"Before then, you'll probably miss out on higher-quality partners that could still come around, but after that, good options could start to become unavailable, decreasing your chances of finding a good match," explains Business Insider. But of course, this rule isn't perfect. "It assumes that people have a reasonable understanding of what they want in a partner by 26, but doesn't account for the fact that what we look for in our partners may change dramatically between 18 and 40."
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