Dating age rule of thumb

29-Oct-2015 04:54 posted by asot5 | Leave a comment

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.

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.r.hooks.get('reddit').register(function() { var timeout, ad Loaded = false; var age; if (!r.config.logged) { var loidcreated = $.cookie('loidcreated'); if (loidcreated) { age = Math.floor((new Date() - new Date(loidcreated)) / (1000 * 60 * 60)); } } r.frames.listen('adzerk'); r.frames.receive Message('request.adzerk', function(e) { var data = e.detail; r.Serving Event('ad_request', { keywords: data.keywords, placement_types: data.placement_types, properties: data.properties, }); }); r.frames.receive Message('response.adzerk', function(e) { var data = e.detail; r.Serving Event('ad_response', { keywords: data.keywords, placement_types: data.placement_types, placement_name: data.placement_name, properties: data.properties, adserver_campaign_id: data.campaign_id, adserver_flight_id: data.flight_id, adserver_creative_id: data.creative_id, adserver_ad_id: data.ad_id, adserver_priority_id: data.priority_id, adserver_placement_type: data.ad_type, }); }); function parse JSONHash(hash) { var PREFIX = '{%22'; var json = hash.replace(/^#/, ''); var is Encoded = json.index Of(PREFIX) === 0; if (is Encoded) { json = decode URIComponent(json); } try { return JSON.parse(json); } catch (e) { return {}; } } function load Ad() { if (timeout) { clear Timeout(timeout); } if (ad Loaded) { return; } ad Loaded = true; var $ad = $('#' + "ad_main"); var iframe = document.create Element('iframe'); var parser = document.create Element('a'); = "// [\"t.interesting\", \"todayilearned\", \"s.popular\", \"s.programmatic\", \"s.loggedout\", \"s.sfw\"], \"origin\": \"https:// \"properties\": {\"subreddit\": \"todayilearned\"}}"; var data = parse JSONHash(parser.hash); data.properties = data.properties || {}; if (!r.config.logged) { data.properties.age_hours = age; } var page Type; if (/^(\/(hot|new|rising|controversial|top))? $/.test(location.pathname)) { page Type = 'frontpage-listing'; } else if (/^\/r\/[^\/]+(\/(hot|new|rising|controversial|top))? $/.test(location.pathname)) { page Type = 'subreddit-listing'; } else if ($('body')Class('comments-page')) { page Type = 'comments'; } else if ($('body')Class('listing-page')) { page Type = 'listing'; } if (page Type) { data.Type = page Type; } = JSON.stringify(data); iframe.frameborder = 0; iframe.scolling = 'no'; = "ad_main"; = parser.href; iframe.style.border = '0'; iframe.style.height = '100%'; iframe.style.width = '100%'; if (!$ad.length) { return; } $ad.get(0).append Child(iframe); if ($ad.height() === 0 || $ad.width() === 0 || $ad.offset()=== 0) { r.analytics.adblock Event('banners'); $('.Incidentally, if you're wondering how well is this rule adhered to in practice, the dating website has done an extensive analysis of age preferences amongst their members.

A really interesting analysis (and quite sophisticated - maybe done in R?

), especially for heterosexual males looking for the ideal age-ranges for potential dates.

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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.

“relationship expert” Tracey Cox condones it, saying their common ground should count for more than their 13-year age gap; other commenters, meanwhile, condemn Martin as “creepy” and Lawrence as “lame.”If you subscribe to the “rule of seven,” the question of where the boundaries of a socially acceptable relationship lie aren’t a matter of opinion—they’re clearly defined.

According to the rule, the age of the younger partner (regardless of gender) should be no less than seven more than half the older partner’s age.

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