Valentine’s Day is a day for love, and what better way to celebrate than with some fun math facts about the science of attraction and relationships? I mean, this is an article from BlackMathGenius.com, so what did you expect? Here are some cool calculations to share with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day:
- The Math of Finding “The One”: According to research, the average person will date around 12 people before finding “the one.” If you assume that there are around 7.8 billion people on the planet, and half of them are the gender you’re interested in, that means there are about 3.9 billion potential partners out there for you. That’s a lot of fish in the sea!
- The Equation for Love: A popular theory of love comes from psychologist Robert Sternberg, who proposed the “Triangular Theory of Love.” He believed that love consists of three components: intimacy, passion, and commitment. He created an equation to represent this theory: Love = Intimacy + Passion + Commitment. So, the more intimacy, passion, and commitment you have in a relationship, the more love you will feel. Get creative!
- The Power of Eye Contact: Did you know that eye contact can be a powerful indicator of attraction? Not the emoji, real eye contact, so get off of social media and go mingle. In a study, researchers found that people who held eye contact for two minutes reported increased feelings of romantic love and affection for each other. Try it with your boo and see if it works!
- The 36 Questions to Fall in Love: Psychologist Arthur Aron created a set of 36 questions to help two people become closer and potentially fall in love. The questions start out light and gradually become more personal and intimate. If both people answer the questions honestly and with an open mind, they may feel a stronger connection at the end. Give them a try with your bae this Valentine’s Day!
- The Golden Ratio of Beauty: The “golden ratio” is a mathematical concept that appears in many natural forms, such as the spiral pattern of a seashell or the arrangement of leaves on a stem. The ancient Egyptians used the golden ratio in their architecture and art. One of the most famous examples of this is the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is said to have dimensions that follow the golden ratio — 1.618:1. It’s also been applied to the world of beauty, with some researchers claiming that people are most attracted to faces that follow the golden ratio. This means that certain facial features, such as the distance between the eyes or the width of the nose, should be in proportion to each other to create a perfectly beautiful face. However, Black people must be careful with the White man’s standard of beauty.
There you have it, some fun and interesting math facts about love to share with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. And given the current state of society, we need lots of Love to be spread.
Love is more than just two people coming together, it’s numbers and equations that can lead to 1 + 1 = many children! Spread love today.
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