While data has found that men prefer younger women as they age, analysis shows that wanting the younger ones can't exactly be said for women.
According to Dataclysm, a data book by author Christian Rudder that analyzes dating trends, found that after 20 years of age, women become more and more open to dating men older.
I was scrolling through Reddit when a title caught my eye — “Empirical Validation of Creepiness Rule (age/2 7) [OC]”.
For those of you who don’t know, the “creepiness rule”, is a dating age rule that states that the youngest you should date is “half your age plus seven.” The less commonly used version of the rule is that the oldest you should date is “subtract seven from your age and double it.”The post turned out to be about the age of Tom Cruise’s on-screen love interests, but it still got me thinking about the creepiness rule and dating age rules in general.
As the chart above shows, as women age, the age range of men that the Standard of Creepiness dictates "non-creepy" opens up.Whereas women tend to seek older men (in their younger years, at least), men are doing the exact opposite and seeking younger women.This results in an unfortunate situation for women as they age: During their younger years, they're highly sought after.So the ripe old age of 14 -- the age when you still have pimples, are as insecure as can be and are unlikely to get anything more than a kiss from a woman your own age -- is the only time when you can enjoy dating a woman your own age? Add seven to that, so you can date a 12-year-old -- an older woman"?What about if your 10-year-old looks at you and says, "I'm ready to date, Dad"? There is so much a 12-year-old can teach a 10-year-old -- advanced coloring, advanced texting, and so many other important life skills. You're 20 years old and, under this rule, you can date a 17-year-old. There you are in college, and you get to go back to high school again to find a girlfriend.