Minimum age formula for dating

Secondly, I don’t make any judgement about the validity of the ‘dating rule’ – you might find it a useful rule of thumb or a ludicrous restriction; I find it a nice thing to do some algebra on.

You could remove the gendered notation and make it more politically correct, but a mathematical equation is hardly the best way to measure compatibility.

I’ve been on a lot of dates of late, and in spite of the wide parameters I think I want, and the results of that flimsy formula, I’ve found that my “sweet spot” was smaller than I thought.

In this equation, $x$ is your age and $y$ is the minimum age you are supposed to date. Well, it means we can work out some other implications of the rule.

For instance, you might want to know what the oldest age you could reasonably date would be.

It’s such a topic of conversation that we’ve created a whole lexicon to describe these “May December” romances–see?

Even I’m using the lingo—with websites devoted to facilitating them, porn devoted to fetishizing them, and fake and “real” reality shows ( Courtney Stodden.

Traditionally, a man was expected to be established in his career and lifestyle before marriage, whereas a woman usually transferred directly from her father's household to her husband's within a couple years of reaching adulthood, so it was considered ideal for the man to be at least somewhat older.

This trope is when a specific formula or calculation is proposed to determine either the "ideal" age gap, or the maximum allowable age gap before it becomes "creepy".

I am 23 and I’m officially over the hill, or so mounting evidence would suggest. What parameters represent good judgment and what parameters just indicate a fixation with age or status?

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