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Absence of romantic partners leads to financial loss

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NEW YORK — Not having a romantic partner I life may lead to financial loss, suggests a new study. Environmental suggestion also indicates that some people will have a relatively difficult time finding a partner.

Research has shown that people who face uncertain outcomes often diversify their choices as a strategy for mitigating risk — if one investment or option falls through, they still have other investments or options to fall back on.

“This can drive people concentrate their investment choices into a few high-risk, high-return options,” said lead study author Joshua Ackerman from University of Michigan in the US.

Ackerman and colleagues speculated that diversification may not be the optimal strategy if romantic success depends on passing above a certain threshold when it comes to resources, status or attractiveness.

Choosing high-risk, high-reward strategies, even in domains unrelated to romance, could help an individual surpass the threshold and stand out from his or her competitors.

The researchers analysed series of studies in which they manipulated the perceived odds of romantic success by presenting participants with information about the ratio of women to men in their area.

In one study, 93 heterosexual participants looked at three photos containing images of men and women aged 18 to 35 who supposedly lived in the local community.

Then participants were asked to imagine that they were buying scratch-off lottery tickets and were told to choose which option they would purchase: one $10 ticket for a $10,000 prize or 10 $1 tickets for $1000 each.

The findings indicated that participants who saw an unfavorable sex ratio were more likely to concentrate their resources on choosing the riskier $10 ticket option, than those who saw a favorable sex ratio.

“From an evolutionary perspective, if the options are to do whatever it takes to find a romantic partner or risk not finding one, the more rational choice may be to do whatever it takes,” Ackerman stated.

This research has the potential to affect anyone making decisions with uncertain outcomes, including both single and romantically committed men and women, Ackerman noted.

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One killed, two injured in jeep accident

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BAJURA— A jeep driver lost his life while two passengers sustained injuries in a jeep accident at Budhiganga Municipality in Bajura on Thursday.

The jeep (Se 1 Ja 543) en route to Martadi from Khaptad Chhededaha Rural Municipality met accident after the jeep lost balance and fell some 100 meters off the road.

According to the Bajura District Police Office, driver Dhan Bahadur Saud, 40, of Tribeni Municipality died on the spot while Saud’s son Nawaraj, 22, and Kumbha Budha of Khaptad Chhededaha Rural Municipality were injured in the incident.

The injured are receiving treatment at Bayalpata Hospital, Achham.

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