Rules for age differences in dating
While age is truly just a number, successful significant relationships are based on mutual understanding and connection.” She continued, “I’ve seen a few anomalies where a large age gap didn’t get in the way of a lasting connection, but often times, it can lead to frustrations and the end of a relationship.
“Rules are made to be broken in certain cases, but it’s not a bad start to set some parameters.” However, how much can we really rely on a rule written from the perspective of an early 20th-century male?
The “half your age plus seven” rule of thumb probably helps you avoid being a creep, but is it accurate?
For every person saying “just go for it and be happy,” there are realistic considerations. Yet soon after that, the slippery slope becomes 44 and 24, which can lead to Lolita situations and other felonies. If a man is 40, is dating a pair of 20-year-olds equivalent to dating one 40-year-old? From a brag and go high-five your friends standpoint, yes.
We asked three relationship experts to weigh in on the rule – and their responses were surprising.