May 6, 2012

You Need to Utilize Multiple [Dating] Models

By: Jacqueline Otto

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My graduate macroeconomics textbook told me the following:

“Although Economists use models to address all these issues, no single model can answer all questions. Just as carpenters use different tools for different tasks, economists use different models to explain different economic phenomena. Students of macroeconomics, therefore, must keep in mind that there is no single ‘correct’ model that is useful for all purposes. Instead, there are many models, each of which is useful for shedding light on a different facet of the economy. The field of macroeconomics is like a Swiss army knife – a set of complementary but distinct tools that can be applied in many different circumstances.”

Dating Lesson

The perfect dating model doesn’t exist, (despite the fact that Heidi Klum is apparently single).

While there absolutely are wrong dating strategies, there is no such thing as the perfect dating strategy.

This blog will never tell you that anything is guaranteed to work, because economists never talk in certainties! Dating, just like economics, depends on the decisions of unique individuals. The decisions can never be predicted with 100% accuracy, because people will always insist on doing what they want to do despite the fact that it flies in the face of our models. The only thing that can be predicted with certainty is that the results can never be predicted with certainty.

Therefore, don’t be beholden to a single dating strategy. Nothing will work in every situation, with every person, all the time. Never. Ever.

If what you are doing isn’t working, do something different! That may mean putting the word out to your friends that you would be open to being set up on a blind date. It may mean being more intentional about going to social events. It may mean [gasp] online dating.

Or you may have other ideas of your own to try. The point is that you are going to have to employ different dating models. And that should not scare you.

You should have a Swiss army knife of strategies – a set of complementary but distinct tools that can be applied in many different circumstances.


Originally posted on Jacqueline Otto’s blog.


Jacqueline Otto is a commentator and writer. Her work has been published in Fox News, Investor’s Business Daily, The Daily Caller, Townhall, The Austin-American Statesman, and the American Spectator. She is regular columnist for the American Enterprise Institute’s Project on Values and Capitalism and America’s Future Foundation’s Free the Future blog. She is also a new media consultant working with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics. Jacqueline is on Twitter at@jacque_otto.

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