- "age / 2 + 7" formula is flawed - xkcd
- The Age That Women Prefer The Men They Date To Be, In Two Revealing Charts
"age / 2 + 7" formula is flawed - xkcd
As John and Lauren got older, however, the creepiness rule differed from how people actually responded. Yet according to the survey, 37 was well outside the age range of what is socially acceptable.
The results also showed that the creepiness rule is too restrictive about how old you can date when you are young, but becomes too lenient as you get older. Yet, people surveyed were fine with John and Lauren seeing someone in their early 30's. When John and Lauren are 60, the creepiness rule allows them to date anyone older than themselves the official cap is However, society places more restrictive age limits of 71 and 75 respectively.
Overall, the creepiness rule does not accurately represent what people find socially acceptable; people are more judgmental than what the creepiness rule implies. If the creepiness rule is wrong, then I needed a new rule to guide my non-existent love life.
As I reviewed the data, I realized that one rule was not enough. When it comes to dating older, women have the advantage.
According to the survey, a 20 year-old John can date someone who is However, when Lauren is 30, she is supposed to date someone who is at least I not only created separate rules for men and women but also created different rules to determine how old and how young each gender can date. The charts below compares the outputs of the revised rules with the predictions of the original creepiness rule.
The Age That Women Prefer The Men They Date To Be, In Two Revealing Charts
Adolescent Development, Discrimination, and Consent Law.
So how to resolve this paradox? I offer a solution — one based in math.
In short, the age of consent should not be an arbitrary, universal number, but should change according to the age of the oldest person in the relationship. Fumbling for your calculator? Simply put, pairing year-olds with year-olds, year-olds with year-olds and year-olds with year-olds is not OK.
The idea of using a formula to calculate appropriate ages is not new. Of course, age is just a number, and basing laws upon that is somewhat arbitrary.
The idea comes from contract law: Contracts entered into by children can be voided at any time. Regardless of whether legislators will be convinced by my formula, perhaps it could cause a little pause for thought in the bedroom. So what do you think? Let us know by emailing thirdrail ozy.