(Video) How Many People Are Dateable?


You may have seen me write about what percentage of people are dateable…but you’ve probably never seen me ask a room full of singles before.

Notice how silent it gets when people finally realize that nobody’s good enough for a second date. I can understand why no one would want to lower his/her standards, of course, but what does it say about you if you can’t find anybody suitable to date? And what if everyone else in the world had such similarly high standards that YOU could never make the cut?

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  1. 41

    Sayanta – I’m on Meetup too. It’s true that when I go to the events that interest me on a more deep level than ‘getting drunk’ there tend to be mostly women in attendance, with a smattering of male significant others and older men. I actually used to go to the drinking meetups, I learned a lot about bars in LA that way (since I hadn’t bothered to acquire that knowledge earlier in life). I had fun meeting people, but it was the same group of guys who tended to go to these meetups all the time, and it was sort of getting old drinking with strangers so I haven’t been to one in a while.

    It seems that when you take the dating books’ advice and get out and do things that interest you, which more than likely will be something on the more ‘effeminate’ end of the spectrum, like spiritual or cultural events, it is generally other women, older folks, or gay men you run into. For instance, I take a painting class, because I enjoy art. Everyone in the class is over 60, except me and one other woman. There’s only one man in the class, and he’s a neat person, but he’s got to be around 75. On the other side of the coin, I have no interest in things that typically draw men, like sports, so I’m not going to meet anyone at a sports bar or a game. I guess we all need to find more gender-neutral activities to get involved in!

  2. 42

    Ruby – what I mean by that is that a guy can have all the great qualities in the world, but if that certain ‘something’ (chemistry?) isn’t there, I have a lot of trouble being truly attracted. For some reason I have a lot of trouble with feeling that. Believe me, if I have an opportunity to date a great guy I will give it a shot, but the chemistry can’t be controlled.

  3. 43


    Oh my lord- I had that painting class experience too!! In April last year. That’s just uncanny (or maybe not, since we seem to be leading double lives).

    I’m curious- you said you’ve met men who are attractive, healthy, interesting, etc. but you can’t get interested in them. Is it, by any chance, because they tend to be conservative (whitebread Repub types)? Because that’s been an occurrence with me.

  4. 44
    Evan Marc Katz

    Thank you for pointing out what often gets lost, Heather:

    You can go to salsa lessons, or book club, or scrapbooking, or French class, but there are very few age-appropriate, single, eligible, tall, cute, successful, available, interested men who attend these groups of 5-15 people.

    This is why I am a big online dating advocate. Not because it’s perfect – not by a long shot – but because it gives you access to thousands of single people instantaneously. And if you haven’t connected on there, it’s mostly because you’re not doing it right. Sorry, but that’s what I believe.

  5. 45

    EMK #44

    I’ve connected with a several men both online and off over the last few years, but they tend to have major baggage issues and/or aren’t interested in LTRs. Not much I can do about that.

  6. 46

    ok- we’re going around in circles here, but I’ll say it again. Online dating doesn’t make a difference, because- as I said above- those men don’t have interests other than drinking/sports (and sex)either. I mean, the same guys who live in sports bars are the same ones who are online. Like I said, I can’t date someone who doesn’t have any interests other than those three things.

    I’m not saying I want a guy who does macrame or shops at Anthropologie with me. But it would be nice if he appreciated the higher things in life.

  7. 47
    Evan Marc Katz

    More generalizations. Men are cretins. Sex, drinking, sports. Just imagine a parallel blog where men vent about women being interested in nothing but shopping, celebrity gossip and makeup. Seriously. Enough. We’re all in this together. Demonizing the opposite sex gets you nowhere. As you can probably tell.

  8. 48

    On a side note- I was just thinking-

    Heather, you correctly stated that culture/spiritual, etc. groups attract mostly gay/old men. So, it seems that these men are the ones who are interested in bettering themselves, broadening their knowledge, etc.

    Now, say I did compromise. And I go out with a man who has no interest in self-growth, appreciating great art, literature, or a sense of spirituality, etc. How would we possibly connect?

    Our life would look like this:

    1) We come home from work
    2) Make love if we feel like it
    3) He watches TV
    4) I go read a book, write, or do whatever thing I like to do
    5) We try to converse, but since his only interests are television and beer, guess what? There’s nothing to talk about!

    6) Divorce

    I seriously think this is what happened to American marriages. I don’t think a lot of men realize that there’s life outside of Jon Stewart and Heineken. And, I’m with Heather on that one- it’s EXTREMELY difficult, if not impossible, to compromise on that one.

    BTW- why ARE gay men so much more productive and involved in the world around them than straight men? this would make an interesting research topic….

  9. 49

    Ok, fine- I’ll stop.

  10. 50

    Sayanta – Actually I had the experience of meeting someone last year who was great, loved me to pieces, made me feel good about myself, and totally understood me from my ‘cultural’ standpoint. I dated him, and I tried to like him more, I just couldn’t. Despite all the wonderful things about him the chemistry wasn’t there for me. It made me worry. If I can’t fall for a great guy, who can I fall for? And no, whitebread Republican types know better than to try to date me. I’m too Bettie Page looking. My ex-boyfriend, however did join the darkside when he turned Republican on me – I should have known it was over at that point!

    Evan – I’m pretty sure I am doing it wrong when it comes to online dating. Unless you can give me the magic formula to attract my target group of men, I will continue to do it wrong. I just joined a website called Geek2Geek on a lark. So far I got one message and a few winks, and I’ve decided not to take it so seriously. At this point I’m just looking to ‘practice date’. Though I don’t see any ‘sexy’ guys on the website, admittedly, I do find those who identify as ‘geeks’ easier to get along with and less intimidating.

  11. 51

    Imagine my surprise and curious delight when I read in a man’s profile that he kept a butterfly garden. But he was living too far away. I still remember his photo. You could see his face, but not as a direct close-up. He was sitting on a bench in front of his place (I presume), leaning casually backwards against the wall wearing a cowboy hat with his head tipped down slightly. His legs were crossed at the ankles. There was something humble and ordinary about the photo that pulled me in and sort of said, “I’m at peace with myself.” It was refreshingly different.

  12. 52

    So Heather-

    Not to downplay your bad experiences, but if you had such a great boyfriend, your love life hasn’t sucked totally- I’ve never been in anything serious at all! And I haven’t met wonderful guys, period.

  13. 53

    Sayanta #46- Regarding online dating, I think part of the issue may be the way some men communicate. They may put sports and things like that as interests in their profiles and not mention their love for modern art. Why? Well they may think that’s not what women will want to hear, they want to appear ‘manly’ to stand up against the competition, or they just don’t feel compelled to share it. Of course there is a chance his life begins and ends with Monday night football, but i believe there is room to be pleasantly surprised there.

    Regarding groups- I also belong to several meetup groups but they are more along the lines of singles groups and sports meetups (I like sports). I think part of the lack of eligible males in ‘culture’ centered meetup groups may be explained by the fact that lots of men aren’t group joining guys. They won’t join a group to go to an gallery opening or see a new photography exhibit- they’ll just go alone.

    So what’s a girl to do? If she is so inclined, she can give an online guy a chance (by chance i mean exchanging a few emails or a phone call) even if their interests don’t immediately seem to mesh with hers and go to cultural events (maybe alone) and look outside of the official group for guys to talk to.

  14. 54

    OMG Sayanta – what kind of man are you looking for?!?! They can’t all be knuckle-dragging dimwits!

  15. 55
    Evan Marc Katz

    I’m also seeing a theme – ‘my boyfriend should be/think the same as me”. That’s only true if you make it true.

    My wife prefers TV to literature. She’s never done self-help. We have a CHRISTMAS tree in our home, for Chrissakes.

    But we laugh at the same stuff, we have the same family values, we’re always thinking of each other, and we love to try new things together.

    If I were looking for another liberal, Jewish, atheist, MENSA, small-business owner who could get along with me on all the same levels as my wife, I’d be waiting a long, long time…

  16. 56

    I have noticed how a lot of the Meetups attract the kind of people others have referred to. I have so many interests, and I have a passion for things that are new to me that a man might want to share.

    My issue is that I receive loads of scam emails (maybe my niceties give off the impression that I’m an easy target), and contacts from those who live hundreds, thousands of miles away. I sometimes read profiles to see if there’s anyone I would like to write to, but I usually do not fit with what they’re searching for. This could be age (men within a few years of my age typically want younger), religion (I’m spiritual), child issues (single mom, aka no weekend trips away or hanging at my place), hobbies (adore ALL performing arts and the arts in general, cooking, nature walking, etc.; not so manly I guess). If I read a really good profile, which is rare, I will let them know regardless. I can tell when someone has put thought and time into theirs.

  17. 57

    Hmm, the whole “keep meeting great guys that I just don’t seem to fall for” strikes a chord. I have been wondering if some people just lack the ability to fall in love. Some people fall in love very easily and far more frequently than other people, it wouldn’t be completely out of the question for there to be a very small percentage of the population who just lack the ability to fall in love at all.
    And I read somewhere that some doctors have a theory that certain types of medication can block the chemicals that lead people to fall in love. I think it’s just a theory at the moment, there’s not been enough done study-wise to really come to any conclusions but it might be throwing a big spanner in the works for some people out there.
    I meet a lot of guys who are interested in me but I just feel nothing. Although I do have quite a large dating pool. I’m not particularly fussy in many areas at all. I just want to meet someone who makes me feel SOMETHING!

  18. 58


    You’re in Mensa? I didn’t know that….impressive…:-)
    You make good points- the thing is, the arts are super super important to me. This is going to sound dramatic, but sometimes I think the arts are my only reason for living. See? Toldja that would be dramatic. So when something’s THAT big of a part of your life, it’s hard to not ever meet guys who would be able to appreciate that.

    Heather- OK, not everyone I’ve met have been boring dimwits, but the ones who weren’t were also in high demand with the ladies- you catch my drift. And they were really really REALLy big assholes. Seriously, I only attract old dudes. The first guy who ever asked me out was 25- when I was 15!!! I still get carded, so it can’t be that I look old. But to this day- if a dude’s got wrinkles and white hair, you can bet he’s going to try to chat me up. The young ones who do chat me up (and that’s very rare, by the way), are the pudgy awkward Trekkie types. Not that the conversation goes very far, because if I do get friendly with them in return (which I usually do), they get all red and the ‘conversation’ goes all awkward.

    Jennifer- Wow…guys think it’s ‘unmanly’ to be cultured? Only in America- I doubt European guys would be like that.

  19. 59
    Evan Marc Katz

    a) I probably shouldn’t have mentioned MENSA. It was many years ago, and a mistake. I should have just left it as “pseudo-intellectual”.

    b) What percent of men are PASSIONATE about the arts? 5%? Great. Now what percent of them make a LIVING? What percent are emotionally STABLE? (you know artists…) In other words, if you want an artist, then put up with the fact that most are flighty, arrogant, narcissistic and penniless. In the meantime, you might want to trade off for a banker who plays in a garage band from time to time.

    But make no mistake, you have to make a tradeoff.

  20. 60

    Evan, Evan-

    now you’re generalizing- about artists! 😀
    Seriously though I’m not looking for an artist, necessarily. Banker in a garage band would be cool though. I don’t know if they exist, but that would be cool.

    Your last sentence sounds more like a warning, like “beware of dog” LOL

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