Since dating has no written rules, which can be a good thing, we have to experiment and judge for ourselves. A lot of the time it's the remarks from those who disapprove (or don't understand) that make it so difficult.
Like any relationship, if it's sincere and you're both committed to making an effort, it can work — just look at Ashton and Demi!
So for a 24-year old, the upper age limit would be 34 (i.e., 17 * 2).
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.People reported distinct age preferences for marriage; a serious relationship; falling in love; casual sex; and sexual fantasies. Based on the figures Buunk and colleagues (2000) provided (and thus the numbers are only informed approximations), I replotted their data superimposing the max and min age ranges defined by the half-your-age-plus-7 rule.Now we can see how well the rule corresponds with people’s reported acceptable ages.Men’s preferred minimum partner age: Let’s start with minimum age preferences reported by heterosexual men.
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick!The utility of this equation is that it lets you chart acceptable age discrepancies that adjust over the years. Let's examine it: How well does the rule reflect scientific evidence for age preferences?According to the rule, for example, a 30-year-old should be with a partner who is at least 22, while a 50-year-old’s dating partner must be at least 32 to not attract (presumed) social sanction. Does it match our scientific understanding of age-related preferences for dating? Researchers Buunk and colleagues (2000) asked men and women to identify the ages they would consider when evaluating someone for relationships of different levels of involvement.She came home and enrolled at a local private college and five months later I purchased a beautiful engagement ring for her. For a child who is licensed to drive and is enrolled in high school, the dating pool should be limited to other licensed drivers who are also enrolled in high school.Long term relationships with one party going off to college while the other has a year of high school remaining would be a possible exception, although those seldom make it through the first semester of college.Am I crazy thinking love can conquer all or does age really matter? To say “he is X number of years older than you and that is too much older” is an oversimplification of a complex situation.