Hi. This is my 50th post. I haven't posted it until today because I was trying to think of something special to do with this post to celebrate the big five-o. Well, I couldn't think of anything. My friend Julie used to tell me sometimes that she would be interested in reading a post about dating, so without further prefacing by me (except to say that yes, I realize that this is quite the nerdy post), here is my post about dating, dedicated to Julie.
Definition: The non-word "date-onomics" comes partially from the Greek word nomos "custom, law" (correct me if I'm wrong, Warnser) and the English word date "social engagement often of the romantic nature" and thus means social engagement management. Essentially, date-onomics is the study of human choice behavior, applied to dating. The subject has two broad categories. One category is microdate-onomics, which deals with the individual, and the other category is macrodate-onomics, which deals with the culture or community. In this post, I am focusing more on the microdate-onomics as applied to myself.
Date-onomic Assumption: Under date-onomic theory, there exists a theory of value. I have decided that there is a "dating theory of value," which assumes that a date or a boyfriend is worth the labor and effort that it takes to produce. Often, I forget that I have this theory, but there it is. It does exist.
Supply and Demand: I am going to (very briefly) attempt to describe, explain, and predict the appropriate amount of flirting and number of males available to produce a date in my life. Scary, yes, but this is date-onomics, so it must be done. Please follow me on my journey through this model:
Willingness to flirt: In other words, this is the effort that I have to put into being asked out or going on dates. Sometimes this includes my effort in asking someone out. In the classic supply and demand model, this is known as PRICE.
Number of Males: Basically, this is the same as in the classic model: QUANTITY.
Datable Males: Datable males are people who I would consider to be datable. The requirements vary and would require an entirely different post itself. Naturally, this is SUPPLY.
Desire: In other words, how interested am I in dating? Do I have the time to date? Am I reminded of the dating theory of value? How many females are out there competing for males (and ferosciously, at that)? Is the opportunity cost of dating greater than the opportunity cost of not dating? In the classic model, this is known as DEMAND.
Let us not forget that this model is subject to certain constraints, one of them being scarcity. For example, one can have more dates by flirting more effectively, looking prettier, etc., but there may not be enough time to fit in all of the dates that come from that behavior, so time is scarce in some cases. Fortunately, this is not a problem for me. Moving on...
So, as you can see, there really is only one point at which I will date, and that is during a blue moon that occurs on a Friday, when pigs fly, hell freezes over, and my desire to date crosses with the datable males. In other words, timing and miracles. (Please notice the areas of shortage and surplus, as well.)
In conclusion, there really is a perfectly rational explanation for date-onomics. I can even graph it. Any questions, class?