Speed dating study
(They were, if anything, more confused about their choices.) These findings do not only pertain to the world of dating.
Other research has shown that more choices can cause people to avoid decisions and generally lead them to be less satisfied.
In fact, when both conditions were present, participants were more likely to make no decision at all.
The authors found that when the available dates varied more in attributes such as age, height, occupation and educational background, people made fewer dating proposals.
This effect was particularly strong when people were faced with a large number of potential partners.
As it turns out, I like to talk – so much, in fact, that I have a tendency to talk people’s ears off.
When the little buzzer went off after three minutes, I was (typically) still in the process of trying to explain to my bedazzled dating partner why my last name has three syllables (it’s Dutch).
Because of their simplicity, heuristics have long been viewed as inferior to rational thought.