Understating online dating

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Even if you look at Portland's wider metro region, which offers up a larger singles population, the ratio is still fairly skewed,* especially compared to cities such as Austin, San Francisco, or nearby Seattle.

But could the mere fact that Portland has thousands upon thousands of surplus, college educated women be enough to keep men like Jacob from settling down?

A look at immigrant communities in early 20th century America found that as the proportion of men on the market went up, so did marriage rates for both males and females. S., academics have found that female college students are less likely to have a boyfriend or go on traditional dates, and are more likely to have bad feelings about the men on campus, at schools that enroll disproportionate number of women.

And in an interesting, gender-equitable twist, research on China has found that women there are more likely to sneak away for extramarital sex in communities with too many men.**With those findings in mind, it seems reasonable to suggest that instead of pointing a finger at the internet for Jacob's relationship habits, we can keep things simple and just blame Portland, where going to a bar, going to a concert, or even going to work would probably leave him surrounded by available women. In truth, my goal here isn't to convince you beyond reasonable doubt that sex-ratios are turning young, educated American adults into commitment-phobes.

For an in-depth look at where the best date locations are in Edinburgh: Read our detailed Edinburgh date ideas Or have a quick look at these date ideas below...

If, like 45% of men in our survey, a meal is more your thing, one of Edinburgh’s best is Ondine, where the excellent seafood and smart atmosphere make for a great date.

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Rather, he introduces us to Jacob, the pseudonymous thirty-something schlub I alluded to above.

With more well-educated, high-earning singles than anywhere in Scotland, finding a like-minded partner in Edinburgh should be simple.

But despite Edinburgh being filled with fascinating people, finding them and the time to meet them is a well-known difficulty for many singles in the city.

For more traditional Scottish fare, try The Grain Store on Victoria Street for an intimate dining room and top quality meals.

Those of an artistic inclination may want to consider going to one of Edinburgh’s many fantastic museums or galleries – the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art being a particular highlight, even if you are not especially arty.

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