Every individual, whether girl or boy, dream of their ‘Mr or Miss Right’. They keep on rejecting the ‘ok’ ones who fall short of their expectations and wait for their ‘Mr or Miss Perfect’. But a new study has cautioned that this may not be a good idea.
According to a new study, choosing for “Mr or Miss Right Now” and settling with them is a better evolutionary idea than keep on waiting endlessly for “Mr Right”.
The study was conducted by the researchers at the Michigan State University (MSU).
The researchers studied the evolution of risk aversion and discovered that it is in the human nature to go for the safe bet when their stakes are high. For instance whether or not mate. This human nature is traced back to the earliest period of their evolution.
Study co-author Chris Adami, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at MSU, said, “Primitive humans were likely forced to bet on whether or not they could find a better mate. 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 co-author Arend Hintze created a computational model to trace the behaviours of risk taking in humans through their thousands of generations of evolution with the digital organisms.
These digital organisms were programmed in such a way so as to find feedbacks of the bets in high-payoff gambles, reflecting the decisions that may alter their lives but are highly required for the natural organisms, such as choosing a mate.
According to Adami, people usually hold out for finding their perfect mate and by doing so they take up the big risk of coming up empty-handed as they leave no progeny.
“Settling early for the sure bet gives you an evolutionary advantage when living in a small group,” Adami said while underscoring the importance of taking the right decision at right time.
For the study, the researchers tested many variables influencing the risk-taking behavior of the people and found that there are certain conditions that badly impact our decision-making process.
The researchers also discovered that the risk aversion is correlated to the group size in which we were raised. As primitive humans lived in small groups of roughly 150 individuals, their environment also helped in the promotion of risk aversion.
Hintze concluded that the group size and not the total population size played a great role in the evolution of risk aversion. But he also said that risk aversion level is not same in every case.
The study’s findings were detailed in the journal Scientific Reports.