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The real reason straight, college-educated women are having a hard time finding a date

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There’s a man deficit in the U.S. according to Jon Birger, author of the new book, Date-onomics. Guian Bolisay via Flickr

There’s a man deficit in the U.S.

So says Jon Birger, author of the new book, Date-onomics. At a rate of 1.05 boys to every girl, by the time these children are adults, the dating pool is swimming with more men than women.

But by the time they get to college, for every three men, there are four women. These straight, college-educated women are presumably looking for straight, college-educated men, and then the pickings get even slimmer, especially depending on where you live.

In LA, there’s 37 percent more female college grads under the age of 25 than college-grad men, according to Birger's data. It’s a combination of the birth control pill, Title IX, and developmental differences between boys and girls that’s causing the chasm.

One solution Birger posits, is to red shirt boys in first grade. That is, hold them back a year, giving them a chance to mature, bettering their chances to attend higher education.

Los Angeles ladies, is it tough to find a good man to date in this city? Is it tough finding college educated men in LA? If you’ve had success dating in LA, what’s your advice?


Jon Birger, author of “Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game” (Workman Publishing Company, 2015), and a former senior writer at Fortune and Money

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