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Question #41546 posted on 12/17/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
A little while back, I was doing an informal poll to test my hypothesis that 95% of all girls like 5% of the guys in my ward and 95% of all guys like 5% of the girls in my ward. I asked guys and girls two questions:

1) Who are the top 5 dateable guys?
2) Who are the top 5 dateable girls?

Both questions were given to both sexes so that girls could sound off on which girls they thought were getting all the dates and vice versa. An interesting phenomenon occurred. Everyone I asked (whether guy or girl) agreed roughly on the top 7 guys in the ward. (and I don't think it was merely a coincidence that they were the tall, handsome, well built guys). Some guys were quite clearly the Big Cheese in the ward because everyone chose them first.

However, the girls were all over the map. No clear leaders, there was maybe one girl that all the girls thought was getting all the dates. But other than that, almost no one agreed on a top 5-10 girls. It was so strange.

Any brilliant thoughts on why this occurred?

Love always,
Your Babooshka

A: My babooshka,

Sounds to me like the girls in your ward oughta lower their standards if they want dates.

A: Dear Babooshka,

Your study is interesting, but I don't think there's much we can do with it unless we have data from other wards, too. (Then we could start looking at whether this is a general trend in BYU singles' wards or whether your ward is somehow unique.) Anything else would be pure speculation, which I have little patience for these days.

However, if you want to round up friends in other wards to help you out (or if we want to get the members of The Board Message Board involved), I'd be interested to see the results.

- Katya