In 2001, a team of Dutch social psychologists, led by Bram P.
Buunk of the University of Groningen, examined desired minimum and maximum ranges across different ages by approaching people in public spaces—railway stations, libraries, malls—and asking them (anonymously) what ages they would consider appropriate for five different levels of relationship: marriage, serious relationship, falling in love, casual sex, and sexual fantasies.
To find out what the youngest age you should date is, take your current age, divide it by 2, and add 7. This seems perfectly reasonable, and I was pretty excited to compare this age to celebrity crushes.
I’m 25 now, so I took 12.5, added 7 years, is 19.5. To find out what the oldest age you should date is, take your current age, subtract 7, and multiply it by two.
In other words, I think I need to expand my age range. Obviously I’m not advocating using this as a strict guide to whom you can or cannot date. ”) or logic, but I do know plenty of couples who are happy and way out of the age range.
But if you really have no idea how old or young you should be dating, this silly formula can actually be eye opening.
Now you're dating someone 11 years younger than you. Wow, at 70, the 42-year-olds are probably some of your daughter's friends from high school who grew up hanging out at your house and who have now gone through divorces. When women date younger men, they are called "cougars," and people say they are messing around with younger guys.
In , a 1953 film adaptation of the 1951 play by Frederick Hugh Herbert, Maggie Mc Namara—playing 22-year-old Patty O’Neill—asks her 30-year-old suitor, “Haven’t you ever heard that the girls is supposed to be half the man’s age, plus seven? In the 1950s, Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad “taught that a wife’s ideal age was half the man’s age plus seven”; this age gap should make up for women’s maturing more quickly than men, as well as ensure that the husband was sufficiently authoritative over his wife.
Jared Leto is, crushingly, out of my age range (39), but let’s be honest.
Bloggers and busybodies are divided over whether or not the age difference between actress Jennifer Lawrence, 24, and musician Chris Martin, 37, automatically renders their relationship inappropriate.
When you're 25, you can date a 19-and-a-half-year-old.
So there you are in the working world for the last three years, and now you can date sophomores in college. You have been out in the business world for eight years, and you want to be dating a girl fresh out of college?