Creepiness rule dating
I had the answer to my original question, but I wasn't satisfied.
If the creepiness rule is wrong, then I needed a new rule to guide my non-existent love life.
Yet according to the survey, 37 was well outside the age range of what is socially acceptable.
Society has different expectations for men and women - men can date younger than women and women can date older than men.The researchers then presented different types of relationships- sexual fantasies, casual affairs, long-term relationships, marriage - and asked the participants what the minimum and maximum age of their partner is for each scenario.The results were interesting but just because I want to date someone much younger than me doesn’t mean I would be okay with someone else doing the same.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?