The Drake Equation is used to estimate the number of highly evolved civilizations that might exist in our galaxy. Warwick University’s Peter Backus applies the Drake equation to discover why, exactly, he can’t find a girlfriend. The results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.

“So,
what
this
means
is
that
there
are
10,510
people
in
the
UK
that
satisfy
these
most
basic
criteria
for
being
my
girlfriend.
That
is
0.00017%
of
the
UK
and
0.0014%
of
Londoners,
which
doesn’t
seem
so
bad.
On
a
given
night
in
London,
there
is
greater
than
a
1
in
1000
chance
that
I
will
meet
an
attractive
woman
between
the
ages
of
24
and
34
with
a
university
degree.
Of
course
this
does
not
take
into
account
the
fraction
of
these
women
that
will
find
me
attractive
(depressingly
low),
the
fraction
of
these
women
who
will
be
single
(falling
with
age)
and,
perhaps
most
importantly,
the
fraction
of
these
women
who
I
will
get
along
with.
Including
such
factors
would
greatly
reduce
the
above
figure
of
10,510.
A
rough
estimate
puts
the
number
of
potential
girlfriends
accounting
for
these
three
additional
criteria
(1
in
20
of
the
women
find
me
attractive,
half
are
single
and
I
get
along
with
1
in
10)
at
26.
That’s
correct.
There
are
26
women
in
London
with
whom
I
might
have
a
wonderful
relationship.
So,
on
a
given
night
out
in
London
there
is
a
0.0000034%
chance
of
meeting
one
of
these
special
people,
about
100
times
better
than
finding
an
alien
civilization
we
can
communicate
with.
That’s
a
1
in
285,000
chance.
Not
great.”

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