In the time it takes you to figure out where you want to summer vacation, you can potentially find the person you’re going to marry. According to new statistic, the average person needs less than six months to consider if someone is worth tying the knot with.
On average, married people took just 172 days in their relationship before making up their minds on a spouse, according to a new scientific study. Single people, on the other hand, estimated it would take 210 days.
According to the researchers at the University of Chicago:
People readily categorize things as good or bad, a welcome adaptation that enables action and reduces information overload. The present research reveals an unforeseen consequence: People do not fully appreciate this immediacy of judgment, instead assuming that they and others will consider more information before forming conclusions than they and others actually do.
But as it turns out, we need way less information than we think to make a decision. And, we’re a lot less picky.
Presumably, one hopes that easy access to abundant information fosters uniformly more-informed opinions and perspectives. The present research suggests mere access is not enough: Even after paying costs to acquire and share ever-more information, people then stop short and do not incorporate it into their judgments.
The study concluded that in today’s information age, “people may intuitively believe that exchanging ever-more information will foster better-informed opinions and perspectives—but much of this information may be lost on minds long made up.”
[h/t Daily Mail]