We decided to research this problem in the context of online dating, a prototypically perfect lab full of bad equilibrium.First dates are […] " In economics, there’s a concept called bad equilibrium.
“We have so much in common,” says one character in the movie Best in Show, exemplifying what first-date strategies yield.
In economics, there’s a concept called bad equilibrium.
It’s a strategy that all the players in the game can adopt and converge on, but it won’t produce a desirable outcome for anyone.
But while that may guarantee that we don’t fail on this date, it does nothing to get us closer to success, as it provides us little useful information on whether we are a long-term romantic match.
In our research, we picked apart what we were hoping would be the juicy details of first introductions between potential matches.
Adrianne Jeffries of Betabeat pinged me yesterday with a link to a post from Philip Greenspun titled, “Is this continued existence of involuntarily single people proof that online dating is a failure?