Dating age difference rule of thumb

###According to a new survey, the ideal age difference between a couple is when the man is 4 years and (this is the sort of weird part) four months older than the woman.Which means that my ideal mate was born sometime in February of 1982.To get 22, you divide 30 in half, leaving you with 15 remaining, and then add seven more to arrive at 22.Figuring out the high range of 46 requires knowing the math of a 46 year old." To determine the range of what is considered socially acceptable, divide your own age in half and then add seven.

But true compatibility has never been as simple of an issue as biology or social construct — and when it comes to what factors can make a relationship work, age really ain’t nothing but a (meaningless, random) number.

Previously, we’ve written about the “Dating Age Range Formula” – more wives’ tale than scientific theory.

You take your age, subtract 7, and multiply that by two to get the oldest age you should date, and do the inverse to get the youngest.

Graph of the Half-age-plus-seven rule ("never date anyone under half your age plus 7"), which claims to dictate what age disparity between two people is acceptable in dating/romantic/intimate relationships during the late 20th century / early 21st century (called the "Standard creepiness rule" in the xkcd webcomic).

According to this rule, the age of the younger person should not be less than half the age of the older person plus seven years, so that (for example) no one older than 65 should be in a relationship with anyone younger than 39 and a half, no one older than 22 should be in a relationship with anyone younger than 18, and no one under 14 years of age should be in a relationship at all...

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