This Is The Ideal Age To Get Married, According To Math
So you’re in a committed long-term relationship. At what point should you get married?
With so many variables up in the air — careers, money, family circumstances and overall commitment — it can be overwhelming to even begin to answer that question.
So why not let math do it for you?
This book isn’t strictly about marriage, but it does delve into the topic a bit.
Algorithms to Live By, coauthored by cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths and journalist Brian Christian, has an intriguing theory on the perfect age for couples to get hitched.
It comes down to the 37% rule.
Let’s break it down: with so many options to consider, Griffiths and Christian say the best time to make a decision is when you’ve examined 37% of the options that are on the table.
There’s rationale behind the 37% rule.
Basically, if you take the time to examine 100% of your options, opportunity may have already passed you by. But at the 37% mark, you’ve got a good grasp of things without getting too into the weeds.
So when should people get married?
We’re looking at people between 18 and 40 here, a span of 22 years. By applying the 37% rule, we can pin down the optimal age. If you’re good at math, you already know the answer.