21 year old guy dating older women

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When this question comes up in conversation, someone inevitably cites the “half your age plus seven” rule.

This rules states that by dividing your own age by two and then adding seven you can find the age boundary: Take your age, subtract 7, and double it.

In general, the figure shows that women are reporting minimum age preferences that the rule’s predictions.

In other words, while the rule states that 40-year-old women can feel comfortable dating 27-year-old men, this does not reflect the social preferences and standards of women.

Thus the rule for maximum ages is fairly ineffective at capturing what men actually believe is acceptable. Now let's apply the rule to actual dating behavior by examining George Clooney’s dating habits.

Clooney has been scrutinized at times for dating younger women, though not consistently, and this pattern is nicely reflected in a graph of his own age, his partners’ ages, and the rule’s calculations for minimum and maximum acceptable ages.

Women in their 40s think that approximately 35 or older is acceptable for marriage or a relationship.

Even when fantasizing, such women’s minimum age preference remains over 30.

For rule-related involvement (e.g., relationships), 60-year-old men are stating that the minimum acceptable age is around 40ish, which does map much more closely to the rule’s predictions.

So for a 24-year old, the upper age limit would be 34 (i.e., 17 * 2).

With some quick math, the rule provides a minimum and maximum partner age based on your actual age that, if you choose to follow it, you can use to guide your dating decisions.

The rule’s calculated minimum acceptable partner ages seem to fit men better than women.

Women’s preferred maximum partner age: Examining maximum preferences, again the rule is more lenient, offering an age range with which most people are not comfortable.

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