Rules for age differences in dating
It turns out to be relatively well established, dating back more than 100 years to a book by Max O’Rell written in 1901, and the 1951 play The Moon is Blue.
But does it stand up to scrutiny, or is it just a baseless rule perpetuated by men who want to justify dating younger, and less mature, women?
The “half your age plus seven” rule of thumb probably helps you avoid being a creep, but is it accurate?
Much to my surprise, when overlaying a line representing the rule of thumb on Kenrick and Keefe’s results (see red line in the figure below), you can see it closely matches the low end of the range (i.e., youngest preferred) for all but the oldest men.
While age is truly just a number, successful significant relationships are based on mutual understanding and connection.” She continued, “I’ve seen a few anomalies where a large age gap didn’t get in the way of a lasting connection, but often times, it can lead to frustrations and the end of a relationship.
“Rules are made to be broken in certain cases, but it’s not a bad start to set some parameters.” However, how much can we really rely on a rule written from the perspective of an early 20th-century male?
Berlusconi has been accused of having sex with a woman under the legal age of consent.
While formula’s seem as though they have some kind of scientific credence, the truth is that two resonant souls will find each other (regardless of their ages).” Whether there are any rules we should follow when looking for a potential mate, Winter said, “Rules no longer apply – there are no rules in love except to follow your heart.” Cute.
“Socially speaking in the western world, women have been granted liberty to unite with men five to 15 years older without anyone batting an eye.
We asked three relationship experts to weigh in on the rule – and their responses were surprising.
Relationship expert said, “I find it amusing that there’s an equation for the ‘optimal’ age gap in love.