Dating age difference rule of thumb
I have occasionally heard a rule of thumb about age differences in relationships: that a man shouldn't date a woman who isn't at least seven years older than half his age.I just mentioned this "rule" to a friend who had never heard it, and she wondered where it came from.
Let’s take for example the age gap between someone born on April 17 1990 and someone born on August 29 1994.It states that one should never date anyone under half their age plus seven years. Therefore, according to the above rule, this potential relationship is not so adequate.Let’s take an example: The male protagonist in our story is 46. Of course there is a lot of controversy around this rule of thumb, especially nowadays, but it is said to have originated in France and set as a formula for suitability of a bride for marriage to an older man.He is interested to date our female protagonist aged 27. At a first glance, there is a difference of 19 years between the two. Age disparity in relationships is a very often searched aspect and many people are referring to it when between two persons.I have occasionally heard a rule of thumb about age differences in relationships: that a man shouldn't date a woman who isn't at least seven years older than half his age. Perhaps this is why the upper age limit isn't referred to as often.In those days marriage was about procreation, and a virgin, fertile, healthy unmarried woman over 30 would be very unusual. : D And by the way, the only relevant rule that you should be worrying about is the legal one for your country. I also thought that I saw a thread on this topic about a year ago, but couldn't find it when I searched.
I'm too lazy to search, but IIRC, the thread was in IMHO, the title was something like: "May-December romances? She was thinking about getting into a relationship with a much older man.
This implies that the age of the older person should be at most twice the younger person's age minus 14 years, and there's no inconsistency based on which version of the rule you pick. I've also heard of "2x - 7" for the upper age limit. The problem with this is that you get different ranges of age depending on which person you're considering.
Jake4, either your memory or your algebra is off, that second formula should be 2x - 14.
Or really, 2y - 14, if x is the age of the older person and y is the age of the younger person...
presuming you want to just switch the formula around and not make up a whole new formula.
I was not asking what the rule should be, and I was certainly not interested in a poll about Dopers' experiences with May-December romances.