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The “creepiness rule” states that the youngest you should date is “half your age plus seven.” The less commonly used corollary is that the oldest you should date is “subtract seven from your age and double it.”According to this rule, society should accept a 50 year old man dating a 32 year old woman. Reactions ranged from “sure” to “that’s weird” to “why are you asking me this? When I flipped the genders — a 50 year old woman dating a 32 year old man — people’s responses often flipped as well.This made me wonder, does the creepiness rule actually reflect what is socially acceptable when it comes to age differences in dating?But it's fine now, we have both addressed the issue and found a solution. It's harder to understand that when you are in two different places in life I was in a similar situation in my early twenties.I'm still out doing me and he has decided to stand by me. He was hot and that physical chemistry was all we had but in retrospect he was a loser who had no direction in his life and I’m pretty sure he dated me because I was younger and inexperienced and he could manipulate the relationship to get what he needed while neglecting my needs and making me feel that was normal.I'm not normally uncomfortable with peoples personal choices like this but for some reason I cant shake this. Perhaps my ex was an asshole (he was) but I have heard similar stories enough times to be aware that quite often, big age gaps like these when one person is still literally a teenager is a bad idea. Wish someone would have been upfront with me, but who knows if I would have listened.I want to be there for my bro and he hasn't dated someone in a long time so he is pretty deep already. I did the same thing, though a bit of a smaller age cap. It wasn't a toxic relationship and we were actually really good with each other, but it's weird.

I have felt extremely uncomfortable when people I've known get with teenagers, it just makes me question "why?

I then gave different ages for their friend — 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 — and asked participants what the socially acceptable minimum and maximum ages of their friend’s new lovers were.

Although I could have hit the streets of New York and surveyed people in-person Buunk style, I decided to m Turk my survey.

I treated him worse than he treated me, and I also lied about my age when we first met(because most normal people, which he was, would not date someone so much younger so easily). I've been on dates with people just 6 years younger than me (throughout my 30s), and found myself thinking, inevitably, "oh wow, we are in such different periods of life, we have almost nothing in common here", and have since ceased even trying with that large of an age difference. I literally cannot comprehend how people 11-15 years apart can find enough in common to make a relationship work.

I learned a lot about being a better partner from him. It wasn’t until very recently that I realized how inappropriate and borderline predatory it was on his part. Sure it's all legal and whatnot, but you just have to wonder what kind of a person dates someone so much younger when they aren't going to have much in common.

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