Rules for age differences in dating
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.
One interesting phenomenon from the rule is that the age gap widens as the person grows older.
For example, the acceptable minimum and maximum dating age for a 30 year old is 22 and 46 respectively as compared to a 50 year old where it is 32 and 86 respectively.
Will women feel better about dating younger men as we chip away at the convention that it’s men who have to be the providers, and women the nurturers?
In addition to the half your age plus seven rule there are noticeable differences between men and women when it comes to the acceptable age they find in potential partners.A 38 year-old man can have no qualms about starting a relationship with a 26 year-old woman and possibly having a baby in 4 years — when she’s ready.A 38 year-old woman who wants to have kids doesn’t have that same luxury of time.Even if we find wage parity between the sexes, biological parity is still a long time off, so it makes sense that the scales will always be tipped slightly in favor of an older man.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.