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Ross had hoped that The process of selecting and securing a partner, whether for conceiving and rearing children, or for enhancing one’s socioeconomic standing, or for attempting motel-room acrobatics, or merely for finding companionship in a cold and lonely universe, is as consequential as it can be inefficient or irresolute.
Lives hang in the balance, and yet we have typically relied for our choices on happenstance—offhand referrals, late nights at the office, or the dream of meeting cute.
For example, if you are in the 18-22 age range, you should wait 30 min to an hour to respond to a guy's text.
If you're older than 31, you should wait at least three hours!
My thought: There are a total of 31 rules in the book and they are each explained in detail with real-life anecdotes sprinkled in.
Skimming the table of contents alone and seeing so many "don'ts," it's easy to wonder, The fact is, not really.
The Rules also seem a bit conniving and a way of forcing a relationship as opposed to letting one just bloom.But although The Rules seem unnatural, they're based on a somewhat natural principle: things that are scarce have more value -- the scarcity principle.When you're easy to get or you don't allow a pursuit at all, there's very little thrill for the would-be pursuer. But it bothers me because sometimes I just can't be bothered with it, but mostly because it creates an artificial scarcity, which begs the question: How can you build something real with someone if it's based on something fake?And the book seemed to imply that most women were lowly, desperate creatures.
This particular version is about dating in the digital age, so it covers things like how to handle online dating, Facebooking, Tweeting and texting; they even included a handy little "Text-Back Times" table, which outlines how long you should wait before responding to a text, depending on how old you are.
Women were asked to look at a trio of sketches of men in various settings, and to say where they’d prefer to find their ideal man: in camp chopping wood, in a studio painting a canvas, or in a garage working a pillar drill. 1400 Series computer, which then spit out your matches: five blue cards, if you were a woman, or five pink ones, if you were a man.