Here, let's assume you would have 11 serious suitors in the course of your life.If you just choose randomly, your odds of picking the best of 11 suitors is about 9 percent.But if you use the method above, the probability of picking the best of the bunch increases significantly, to 37 percent — not a sure bet, but much better than random.This method doesn’t have a 100 percent success rate, as mathematician Hannah Fry discusses in an entertaining 2014 TED talk.The next person you date is marginally better than the failures you dated in your past, and you end up marrying him.But he’s still kind of a dud, and doesn't measure up to the great people you could have met in the future.
Each suitor is in their own box and is ranked by their quality (1st is best, 3rd is worst).
You don’t want to marry the first person you meet, but you also don’t want to wait too long.
This can be a serious dilemma, especially for people with perfectionist tendencies.
If you choose that person, you win the game every time -- he or she is the best match that you could potentially have.
If you increase the number to two suitors, there's now a chance of picking the best suitor.
You'd also have to decide who qualifies as a potential suitor, and who is just a fling.