Ever heard of the rule that men should date women who are half their age plus seven? Some celebrities - think Leonardo Di Caprio - take this to extremes with a roster of something models regularly appearing on their arm, but do you know where the saying comes from? But does it stand up to scrutiny, or is it just a baseless rule perpetuated by men who want to justify dating younger, and less mature, women? We asked three relationship experts to weigh in on the rule - and their responses were surprising. Historically, a woman was to choose a man the same age, or five to 15 years older. Mid-century, the reason for the elevated age gap would've been economic.
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You know those girls who refuse to date anyone younger than they are, much less anyone their own age? I am one of those people. Throughout my entire love life -- or whatever you want to call what has been 23 years of going through men, some for longer than others -- I have never so much as lusted after any guy who is younger than I am. And I obviously have the matching theory as to why to go along with it naturally, it involves being the younger sister. For me, and many other women like me , it all begins with a number.
'Men should date women half their age plus seven': The strange dating rule that dates back to 1901
I had a game I liked to play with this younger guy, a hilarious invention of my own called "Is He Dead? What, after all, had he done? A lot of us have found ourselves attracted to somebody younger or older, and have been reluctant to act on it because of some perceived weirdness or taboo.
Women, on the other hand, prefer guys closer to their own age. In September, a study of 12, Finns reaffirmed what prior research had already established. Certain facial features, like smile lines, can be charming. There is more of an end game. Sexual maturity, the way that they carry themselves — for me something about it screams woman.