Consider dating a nonbeliever, even if it makes your grandma cry into her meat sauce.
“People who leave organized religion are disproportionately male,” Birger says.
In “Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game,” out today, Birger, a former writer for Fortune and Money magazines, crunched demographic, census and other data to show that it really is historically rough out there for the ladies.
After noticing that his single gal pals were always complaining that “guys were ignoring them or were toying with them,” Birger decided to investigate.
The island is great for, say, watching a cheesy musical or spending 0 on a bottle of vodka. In Manhattan, the numbers are even more dire, with 38 percent more young female college grads than male.
Today that same woman, now 40, if still unmarried, faces a market in which nearly two-thirds of those formerly single men are hitched, and there are just 33 eligible men for every 50 women — 52 percent more women than men.
“None of this would matter if we were open-minded about who we dated,” Birger says.
Head to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (72 percent male) or Georgia Tech (66 percent), two institutions with way more guys than girls.
“There’s a lot of social science showing that men behave differently in different relationship markets,” Birger says.