"20% of the men are doing 80% of the dating."
Such goes the conventional wisdom pumped out of the manosphere these days.
I have heard this statistic bandied about just about everywhere, including by guys in our own community.
However, I've never seen anyone actually work out the numbers on it.
What would a city look like if 20% of the men did 80% of the dating?
You need a fairly good grasp of the 80/20 principle (also called the Pareto principle, first identified in 1896) to really understand this.
I recently reread the book 80/20 Sales and Marketing, by Perry Marshal, a force behind the re-popularization of the concept in the mid-2010s.
First, I'm going to introduce you to how 80/20 works.
Then, we're going to put all the single people in a hypothetical city into 80/20, and we'll see what that looks like, and how closely it matches what we see in the modern sexual marketplace.