Do you follow the "Half your age plus Seven" rule when Dating?

Do you follow the "Half your age plus Seven" rule when Dating?What is the acceptable minimum age for your own dating partners? 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 socially-acceptable minimum age of anyone you want to date. So if you’re a 24 year-old, you can feel free to be with anyone who is at least 19 (i. e., 12 + 7) but not someone who is 18.1 The other side of the rule defines a maximum age boundary: Take your age, subtract 7, and double it. 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.
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  • I've never heard of this before, but according to this "rule", my minimum should be 16 and my maximum should be 24 and that's ridiculous.
    In reality, my minimum is 1 year younger than me, for obvious reasons, and my maximum is probably around 13 years older than me, while my boyfriend is 9 years older than me.
    Anyway, a happy relationship is a happy relationship and age shouldn't be such a big deal in that case. Love isn't measured by age gaps.

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  • It's not really an issue for me. I would go 24ish. It's close enough to 25, it's after college, usually working (starting out, anyway)

    But is there a similar rule for dating older women? Double your age, and subtract 7? Not my bag, but for those who love the grannies... ;)

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What Girls Said 11

  • No, I have my own rule. My age give or take a few years. I'm not really into age differences.

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  • I just personally wouldn't date someone more than 5 years older than me... and definitely not date a minor.

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  • Not really... 5 years older or younger is my limit...

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  • The plausibility of these pairings has a huge slider for attractiveness. 😂

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  • Hahahaha. Rules? Charts? They weren't meant to be broken and I happen to be a drop out. Lol

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  • I won't date someone younger than me by 3 years. I find guys are immature when there younger than me.

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  • This is the first time I'm hearing about this "rule". It's... interesting.

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  • Yeah, I think it makes a lot of sense.

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  • I have no rules.

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  • No. It is stupid.

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What Guys Said 15

  • Have you ever seen the movie Operation Petticoat? Starring Cary Grant? There's a quote I like in there, just modified. "If she's under 18 she's protected by law, if she's over 80, she's protected by nature. Everything in between is fair game."

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  • The oldest I’ll go is 30 and the youngest I’ll go is 24. I guess my rule is +3/-3 but according to your rule, I’d date someone who’s 21 and despite being legal, I still wouldn’t date a 21 year old especially considering how my youngest brother is 22. That’d feel weird.

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  • age is just a number its how you feel about the person you are dating my wife was 50 and i was 36 when we first met 16 years ago we married two months and one day after we met and still together 16 years later my wife is 66 and in a week and a half i will be 53

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  • Not worth my time worrying about. I'm figuring that she'll have more partners than me anyways. I don't really care. All I care about is do we love each other. If we do that's what really matters.

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  • Age is just a number. Be with whomever makes you happy

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  • Wow @ all the people who voted "This is the first I've heard of it."

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  • Random stupid made-up rules. Follow it if you wish, but no reason anyone else will.

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  • Well I get 14.5 and I agree I shouldn't date younger than that.

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  • Hey if a 50+ year old guy has 20+ year olds hitting on him I say go for it.

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  • Too complicated just make she's legal and the gap is ok

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