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You prefer nights in with your girl than a night out any day. You always know what she is thinking without her having to say anything. To steal a line from As Good As It Gets she makes you want to be a better man. She still gives you butterflies every time you see her. She is the highlight of your day, even if she doesn’t do or say anything particularly exciting. You show her off to everyone to the point of it being downright boastful. You can enjoy separate experiences without feeling guilty and then share the tales with each other afterwards.
What is the acceptable minimum age for your own (and others’) dating partners?
We all want to find ‘the one’, that person who is our complete soulmate and who we can envisage sharing our entire lives with. There are a lot of boxes that perfect person has to tick, but they are out there.
If anything, in practice men are than the rule would designate appropriate.
For example, this sample of 60-year-old men report that it is acceptable to fantasize about women in their 20s, which the rule would say is unacceptable.
Only twice has he become involved with women whose ages were outside the rule’s guideline.
He approached the line with two other partners, but is well within the threshold in his marriage with Amal Alamuddin. The minimum rule (half-your-age-plus-seven) seems to work for men, although the maximum rule falls short, failing to reflect empirical age-related preferences.
So for a 24-year old, the upper age limit would be 34 (i.e., 17 * 2).