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19-May-2017 16:00

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If this mentality pervades our decision­making in so many realms, is it also affecting how we choose a romantic partner? I asked my dad about this experience, and here’s how he described it: he told his parents he was ready to get married, so his family arranged meetings with three neighboring families. That’s how my dad decided on the person with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life. I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I couldn’t imagine navigating such a huge life decision so quickly. Happily so—and probably more so than most people I know who had nonarranged marriages.Having more options makes it difficult to make a choice and leaves us less satisfied with the choices we do make.We can’t help but wonder whether one of the other choices would have been better.

If this mentality pervades our decision­making in so many realms, is it also affecting how we choose a romantic partner?

I asked my dad about this experience, and here’s how he described it: he told his parents he was ready to get married, so his family arranged meetings with three neighboring families. That’s how my dad decided on the person with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life.

I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I couldn’t imagine navigating such a huge life decision so quickly. Happily so—and probably more so than most people I know who had nonarranged marriages.

Having more options makes it difficult to make a choice and leaves us less satisfied with the choices we do make.

We can’t help but wonder whether one of the other choices would have been better.

By Alexandra Eitel, LP Online dating is the norm these days, as it promises nearly endless choices, computer assisted matching, and seamless email contacts.