When you're dating someone, how do you know if they're really the one . . . or if there isn't someone better out there?

A mathematician named Martin Gardner came up with a simple math formula several decades ago, to help you make tough choices like that.  For some reason it just started resurfacing now.  Here's what you're supposed to do . . .

1.  Decide on the number of people you'll go out with in the near future.  To make it simple, let's say you'll go out with 12 people in the next few months.

2.  Go out with exactly 36.8% of them.  And do not settle down with any of them.  That's the precise calculation he found to get an accurate sample of what's out there.

So if you date 12 people, that means you only need to go out with four or five of them.  Now you have a big enough sample to make a fair comparison.

3.  From that point on, as soon as you go out with someone who's better than the best person in that first group, that's the person to get serious with.  (Confused yet?  Stay with me.)

Why?  Because if you haven't found something better by then, the odds are you won't.

4.  If you don't meet anyone better than anyone in that first group, go with the most recent new person anyhow.

Sure, they might not be AS good as someone from that first group, but the people in the first group are no longer considered an option because you've already rejected them.  You've moved on, and you operate under the assumption they're gone.  Remember, this is still science we're talking about so you gotta be all Vulcan about it.

Basically, it's a technique to make decisions without feeling like you've jumped in too quickly, or without weighing your options.  That way you can be confident, with no regrets.

And this formula is supposed to work for anything.  It doesn't matter if you're looking a house to buy, a place to rent, a person to hire at your company, a movie to watch on Netflix, what to order at a restaurant, whatever.

I like science but I think it has it's place.  I suggest when it comes to matters of the heart, you should follow your heart, or use this formula and enjoy the rest of your life as a robot.