Dating an older man 40 60
The “creepiness rule” states that the youngest you should date is “half your age plus seven.” The less commonly used corollary is that the oldest you should date is “subtract seven from your age and double it.”According to this rule, society should accept a 50 year old man dating a 32 year old woman. Reactions ranged from “sure” to “that’s weird” to “why are you asking me this? When I flipped the genders — a 50 year old woman dating a 32 year old man — people’s responses often flipped as well.This made me wonder, does the creepiness rule actually reflect what is socially acceptable when it comes to age differences in dating?Within a few days I got 274 responses: 110 male, 163 female, and one person that “preferred not to say”.The results showed that the creepiness rule is generally too lenient about how young you can date — especially as you get older.
The rule is too lenient about how old and how young people are “allowed” to date.In the survey, the acceptable minimum age of John’s partners were consistently lower than that of Lauren’s.The difference is small (~6 months) when John/Lauren are young, but increases as John/Lauren get older.Mechanical Turk is Amazon’s online platform where people pay other people to complete online tasks.This can vary from transcribing a movie, to identifying an item on a receipt, to taking a survey about hypothetical romantic relationships.