Episode #374 – Date-onomics with Jon Birger
On this special episode, Geoff and our old friend, Kurt Francom of LeadingLDS, sit down with Jon Birger, author of Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game.
Date-onomics is a fascinating book that takes issue with the concept of “He’s just not that into you” in favor of a hard look at numbers and gender ratios among college-educated adults, and how those ratios fuel particular behaviors.
It so happens the book has an entire chapter about Mormons. Jon wanted to study religious groups where bar culture isn’t as much of a thing, and he happened upon we humble Latter-day Saints. And our interview with him centers largely on how the numbers game affects Mormons arguably more so than males’ refusal to do more than “hang out.” You know why they are hanging out? Because women overwhelmingly outnumber men among Mormons in Utah.