Acceptable dating age range
So maybe there is a kernel of truth the rule, at least for men. Le's research focuses on commitment, including the factors associated with commitment and its role in promoting maintenance. I guess it was because I'd heard two or three stories of the woman being seven years older, so I'd sort of decided that was the outer limit of age difference acceptability. (And I would hit 31 a month before his next birthday.) Feeling defeated, I sat at the small wooden table in Starbucks, where I was meeting Kevin for the first time since my startling discovery. In case you're wondering, I married that guy eight months later.In other words, as women get older, the more leeway she hypothetically has to date men more older and younger than her.Olson then took the data from Dataclysm (the age of men women actually prefer) and layed it on top of the creepiness chart.A college sophomore for when I want to feel like I can still hang with college bros*, a sophisticated bachelor approaching midlife for when I want to feel adult.** Another interesting tidbit to come out of the survey is that across the board, women felt like it was the men who had to be the older partner, though this could be sadly tied to the fact that an astonishing 55% of women say they need a partner to help them pay their rent or mortgage, which, supposedly, a man who is 4 years more advanced in his career would be able to do.
This results in an unfortunate situation for women as they age: During their younger years, they're highly sought after.
And unlike men, as women age, their desire to date younger people wanes.
Blogger and computer science research assistant Randal Olson, who orginally created charts showing how men fell on the creepiness scale in regards to age, compiled two similar charts for women.
According to a new survey, the ideal age difference between a couple is when the man is 4 years and (this is the sort of weird part) four months older than the woman.
Which means that my ideal mate was born sometime in February of 1982.