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.
I was having breakfast the other day with a friend who was giving dating advice to his son.
For purposes of his anonymity, I am going to call just call him "Son." My friend said, "Son, you're 18 years old, so I am going to tell you how you date.
It's because of this urban legend that has gone around forever.
Based upon this rule, the only time that a man can date a woman his own age is when he's 14 years old (because half of 14 is seven, and seven plus seven is 14).
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And unlike men, as women age, their desire to date younger people wanes.
Blogger and computer science research assistant Randal Olson, who orginally created charts showing how men fell on the creepiness scale in regards to age, compiled two similar charts for women.
Since you are 18 years old, you are allowed to date a woman half your age plus seven." Son looked at him and said, "Alright, Dad.
You're 50, so that means you can date a woman who is 32.
However, it doesn’t represent women’s preferences at all.]]