Economics of dating relationships
Eight: There is a finite amount of variation amongst us.
it is only obvious that my impressions are based totally upon sight, sound, and perhaps smell. Even if you believe in love at first sight, this is still implying an objectification.But, really, is a blue-eyed, brown-haired, barrel-chested man so different from a green-eyed, brown-haired, barrel-chested man who is so different from a blue-eyed, blonde-haired, medium-chested man? Coming to terms with just how unremarkable we are physically and superficially implies two things relevant to the economic analysis of dating and relationships. Though the idiom is cliché, the logic behind it makes economic sense, especially if you check your ego and realize that you are not anywhere so unique that there is no substitute for you. Two, if you or your potential partner is ultimately substitutable, then there is elasticity to consider in going after the potential partner you want. Though this will be elaborated upon more fully in a later post, it does not take ridiculous economic jargon to realize that you should be able to pick a category of things you want (say, computers) and make an ordered list of the products within that category according to which (computer) you prefer over another: I want (1) a Mac Book Pro over (2) a Toshiba Satellite over (3) a Dell Inspiron over (4) a freaking e-Machine.Substitutability allows that while I really want a Mac Book Pro, if my budget only allows for the Toshiba, Dell, and stupid e-Machine, I can really go either way between a Toshiba and Dell while an abacus and typewriter substitute quite nicely for the stupid, stupid e-Machine.Any artist will tell you that there are a finite set of body and face types and geometries.There have been analytical studies of what is “beautiful” whose factors tend to include symmetry, fullness versus sharpness of features, etc.