6 year age difference dating
In the survey, the acceptable minimum age of John’s partners were consistently lower than that of Lauren’s.
The difference is small (~6 months) when John/Lauren are young, but increases as John/Lauren get older.
Within a few days I got 274 responses: 110 male, 163 female, and one person that “preferred not to say”.
The results showed that the creepiness rule is generally too lenient about how young you can date — especially as you get older.
As I reviewed the data, I realized that one rule was not enough.
Society has different expectations for men and women — men can date younger than women and women can date older than men.
Buunk & colleagues wrote a paper investigating how factors such as age, gender, and type of romantic relationship (casual, serious, marriage, etc.) affect the age limits people place on potential romantic partners.
The results were interesting but just because I want to date someone much younger than me doesn’t mean I would be okay with someone else doing the same.I try to avoid as much social interaction in my daily life as possible.For those of you unaware of the modern-day sweatshop that is m Turk (I say this endearingly), you’re missing out.The “creepiness rule” states that the youngest you should date is “half your age plus seven.” The less commonly used corollary is that the oldest you should date is “subtract seven from your age and double it.”According to this rule, society should accept a 50 year old man dating a 32 year old woman. Reactions ranged from “sure” to “that’s weird” to “why are you asking me this? When I flipped the genders — a 50 year old woman dating a 32 year old man — people’s responses often flipped as well.
This made me wonder, does the creepiness rule actually reflect what is socially acceptable when it comes to age differences in dating?By the time they’re 60, John is “allowed” to be with someone three years younger than the youngest Lauren can be with.