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September 10, 2007

#314: Dating Pools

Dating Pools

[[Woman is sitting on the ground with her elbows on her knees and her hands on her chin. She is talking to a man.]]

Woman: This sucks. The median first marriage age is 26. The pools of singles is shrinking. I’m running our of time.

Man: Actually, not quite.

Man: Yes, older singles are rarer. But as you get older, the dateable age range gets wider. An 18-year-old’s range is 16-22, whereas a 30-year-old’s might be more like 22-46.

[[Man points to a chart]]

Text on chart: Standard creepiness rule: Don’t date under (Age

2 + 7)

Man: I did some analysis of this with the Census Bureau numbers just last weekend. Your dating pool actually GROWS until middle age. So don’t fret so much!

[[Man is pointing to new set of charts. The first chart is labeled Singles, and is a decreasing graph. The second graph is labeled Dating Pool, and is a bell curve.]]

Woman: Did you analysis say anything about the dating prospects of people who spend weekends at home making graphs?

Man: Come on. Somewhere at the edge of the bell curve is the girl for me.