Contradictory to the teachings that young Americans are often brought up with, a recent study bids people to settle with Mr. or Miss Okay, instead of waiting for the Mr. or Miss Perfect. A research has argued that the former approach to finding a partner in life is a better evolutionary strategy.
It also cites the preferences of our ancestors who seemed to have followed the strategy to mate. The study claims that if a person sticks to finding the Mr. or Miss Right, the human may end up not mating at all throughout the lifetime.
Research by scientists at the Michigan State University has put together theories of the human nature of averting risks to be applicable to their mating needs alike as in any other context. The scientists explained that human beings seek to make their choices in favor of the safest option when the stakes are too high. They said that this same feeling led primitive humans to mate with a currently available partner instead of waiting for someone else to come along.
The University’s microbiology and molecular genetics professor, Chris Adami, explained how the process was prevalent in primitive times. He said that humans at the time were likely forced on the bet to settle for an inferior companion, risking for inferior offsprings. If they had waited for someone better, they would have risked their only potential chance of mating. Adami extended the explanation to say that the impulse is prevalent even in today’s world.
According to the findings of the MSU professors, Adami and his co-author, Arend Hintze, settling sooner for a sure bet allowed evolutionary advantage to primitive humans. They found this to be particularly true for those living in small groups.
The research, which deployed a computational model, however, also established that the same is not true for all people. Some are better evolved to take higher risks.