All people are of the same quality. 2. All people are constrainted
maximizers. 3. One can only stay with an opposite sex at a time.
In this passage
I would like to make a hypothesis to explain and predict how long a
person will stay with his/her mate. It may be wrong, but it is
When one stays
with his/her mate, he/she forgoes the chance to stay with another
opposite sex. If he/she expects he/she can find a better mate, he/she
will leave his/her existing mate and go into “market”. But he/she
bears a risk that his/her expectation may be wrong – there may not
be a better opposite sex available to him/her in “market”.
The higher the
risk that his/her expectation may be wrong, the more reluctant to
leave his/her existing mate one is. The lower the risk, the lesser
reluctant to leave his/her existing mate is. In other words, given a
lower risk one will not stay with his/her existing mate long.
You may argue
that my hypothesis cannot exactly tell us how long one will stay with
his/her mate. But this doesn’t mean my hypothesis is useless. My
hypothesis can tell us under what particular cases one will stay with
his/her existing mate longer or shorter.
In a society
with more females than males, based on my hypothesis we can expect
that the male will stay with their mates shorter than the males in
another society where males are more than females.
On the other
hand we can predict that in a society with an increasing number of
males the females will stay with her males shorter and shorter. There
are lots more implications.
I have not yet
tested my hypothesis. It may be wrong but it is quite interesting.
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