Is there an XKCD comic for that yet? This comic highlighted the Standard Creepiness Rule, a. I would never consider dating someone under 21!
The rule was so well-known by the s that even Malcolm X is quoted as being a staunch believer in half your age plus seven. Many decades later, the rule remains widespread. In the s, the online dating platform OkCupid also released data on age ranges that people entered when asked about their preferred partner.
Remember that old maxim whereby you should never date anyone under half your age plus seven, also known as the Standard Creepiness Rule SRC? Well it turns out the majority of men using OkCupid abide by this rule almost immaculately. Using figures released by the online dating website's founder Christian Rudder, computer scientist and data blogger Randal Olson came up with this striking graph:.
Megan is upset because she is apparently older than 26, and among people who marry, half do so below The intuitive conclusion is that the number of potential partners is decreasing as time goes on. The Half Plus Seven Rule is an unwritten rule that asserts that it is creepy to date anyone who is younger than half your age plus 7 years.
According to this rule, the age of the younger person should not be less than half the age of the older person plus seven years, so that for example no one older than 65 should be in a relationship with anyone younger than 39 and a half, no one older than 22 should be in a relationship with anyone younger than 18, and no one under 14 years of age should be in a relationship at all From another point of view, the chart can be interpreted as saying that there should not be an age disparity of as much as five years unless the younger person has an age of 19 or more, a ten-year disparity should exist only if the younger person has an age of 24 or more, and a twenty-year disparity should occur only if the younger person has an age of 34 or more. And people only slightly older than 14 should only be involved with those almost exactly the same age as themselves.
This comic highlighted the Standard Creepiness Rule, a. I would never consider dating someone under 21! Note that you can easily just change the axis labels in the above chart and it works just as well for men.
The mathematics of dating is a series of formulae of increasing comlpexity, designed to describe various variables involved in dating and romance. The Standard Creepiness Rule states that if we define an individual's age as xsaid individual should not date anyone under:. Now, this boring graph shows only the ages available.
In other words, as women get older, the more leeway she hypothetically has to date men more older and younger than her. Olson then took the data from Dataclysm the age of men women actually prefer and layed it on top of the creepiness chart. Olson notes that women in their lower 20s do go into the creepy-zone by going after much older men, but tends to even out as they get older.