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Here's why mathematics claims 26 is the perfect age to pick a romantic partner

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 11:04:46-04

You were probably always told to live by the Golden Rule, but what about the 37 Percent Rule?

Journalist Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths claim this guideline could save time for people looking to find a spouse, choose a new apartment or apply for new jobs.

The pair co-authored “Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions,” arguing that the best time to make a decision when you’re pressed for time is once you’ve looked at 37 percent of the potential options.

The book claims that by the time you’re 37 percent through the choices, you’ve collected enough information to make an informed decision without wasting time looking at unnecessary options.

An article from Business Insider claims the optimal time to find love between ages 18 and 40 is just past your 26th birthday as that’s 37 percent into the 22-year span.

"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,” the author writes.

Since it’s purely mathematical, the 37 Percent Rule may ignore illogical factors, like human emotions. Read more here if you hope to not be forever alone.