Evolutionary researchers from the Michigan State University (MSU) discovered that having Mr. or Ms. Okay is far better than waiting for the ‘perfect’ one. The entire study involved the so-called “evolution of risk aversion”, suggesting that people could either decide to mate with the first, even potentially inferior companion or choose to wait and risk never mating at all.
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics professor, and a co-author of the study, Chris Adami said individuals could wait for the perfect mate, however, might run the risk of never mating, thus, leaving no offspring. The study made use of a computational model so as to trace risk-taking behaviors throughout thousands of generations and indicated the diversity in the acceptance of risk, which is a similar phenomenon in human simulations.