In other words, there's a socially acceptable maximum too, given by inverting the equation: It was only yesterday that i realised that the rule of thumb for dating people of different ages (the “half your age plus 7” rule) determines not only the lower bounds for dating but the upper bounds as well—that for each ½x 7, there is a corresponding 2(x-7).
For the last 15 years of my life, i have been ignoring an entire market segment, namely those of the genus The Ragbag handily plotted out the socially acceptable upper and lower bounds for dates at various ages in the chart below: Notably, the chart also implies that there is a socially acceptable lower bound for your age: below the age of 14, by this rule, you shouldn't be dating at all.
You're 50, so that means you can date a woman who is 32.
And that means I can date a woman who is 16." From where did this ridiculous rule come?
According to internet lore, there's a mathematical equation that governs the lower bound for the socially acceptable age of a potential dating partner: half your age plus 7, or, in mathematical terms, if x is your age then the lower bound is f(x) = x/2 7. if you're 20, then the minimum socially acceptable age for a date is 17.
But it was The Ragbag who pointed out that this rule has a duality: for the date to be socially acceptable, the rule must be adhered to by your date as well.
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For instance, when Demi Moore was 42, anyone younger than 28 would be considered creepy...I powered through, reminded of months of success, but couldn't help thinking of my failure. The projects had limited reach but planted the seed for the boom in online dating that started with sites like Match.com, e Harmony and OKCupid in the '90s and early aughts.These sites traded on their scientific approach to matchmaking.EHarmony claimed to have used science to "lower the divorce rate," while OKCupid famously saved itself from extinction by publishing its findings on dating and big data.Two things: the somewhat random-looking picture above is from The Moon Is Blue, a 1953 film that’s the first known reference to the ‘dating rule’ discussed here.
I'd seen everything that Grindr had to offer and was growing weary of unsolicited dick pics and random old balls. Here I was, getting hit with the ugly stick on Tinder while in another corner of the online dating universe one of my best friends had just joined an exclusive club of the internet's most eligible bachelors. If the computer couldn't help me, I'd have to help myself.