There’s been a lull in my blogging by request fulfilment, but it has not gone forgotten.
The question posed by Tamie was “Is your age divided by 2 plus 7 the optimum maximum age difference for a couple or is there more to it than that?”
There’s a theory that goes, if you want to know what the maximum age boundaries are for dating, you take a guy’s age, divide it by two and then add seven. That’s the youngest allowable age for a guy to date. For a girl you minus seven from her age, then times it by two and that the oldest guys she’s allowed to date.
So for me the youngest person I’m technically allowed to date is 22. (30/2)+7=22
If you’re a 17 year-old girl the oldest guy you can can date is 20. (17-7)x2=20
Now that might all seem fairly reasonable, but things get strange at some points. For instance if you’re a 12-year-old boy the youngest girl you can date is 13. Which means he has to find an older woman. Or if you’re a 12-year-old girl the oldest man you can date is 10.
And then if you are, say 70-year-old woman, the oldest man you can date is 126, which is probably impossible. If you are a 70-year-old man the youngest woman you can date is 42. This is not outside the realms of possibility. And in fact, I if am still single at 70, I shall be cruising the dance-floors looking for 42-year-old babes. Chances are they’ll be in those retro clubs that play music from their teenage years, you know hits of the 30s and 40s? The 2030s and 2040s. If I do date a 42-year-old when I’m 70 then she was born in 2011. She is 2 right now. But seeing as it’s not preferable, or appropriate, in any sense, for me to be planning my love-life for when I’m 70 now, I shall wait till I’m 70 before I assess the partner potential of available ladies. Besides, a lot can happen in 40 years, someone who may seem future-compatible now may be completely different when they’re 42. Actually I may start sussing out 40-year-olds when I’m 68, so as to have a proper dating strategy in place when I am 70. Some things require at least a little planning. Gonna get my retro dance moves sorted at the very least.
So I think my conclusion is this, the half plus seven formula is probably the only way to establish the maximum age difference between a guy and a girl. There are no problems with the formula at all. Also it rules out any need for wisdom and discernment, because when it comes to dating, those things are pretty superfluous anyway. The world doesn’t need more careful, wise navigation of human relationships, it needs more rules. And the half plus seven formula will give us that. It is perfect.
Now I’m going to find some 42-year-old single women and introduce them to some 70-year-old single men. It will be my contribution to the world. They’ll call me the love doctor.
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The assumption in this theory seems to be the man will always be the older one. Is the formula still the same if a woman is dating a younger man?
I’m not sure what the formula is for older women to younger men is. It could be the same. I would assume not though. I reckon, judging by how silly these formulas are, there’d be much less range for age difference. I should research it. There’s a whole other blog post right there.