A common rule of thumb, at least on the internet, is that it’s okay to be interested in someone “half your age plus seven” years.
According to this rule, it would not be creepy for a 30 year old to date a 22 year-old, but an 18 year-old would be off-limits.
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Angelina Jolie is one of the hottest women on the planet and she's 36. Would it have benefitted you to date someone older?
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It’s too bad O-Town was hit by a bus."He was the only "younger guy" I’d ever gone out with, by about six years, and I used to ask my friends obsessively if it was "weird." But they just thought it was strange that all of our conversations could start a potential death rumor about Ray Liotta. Ultimately, it wasn’t that this guy was young; it was that I had absolutely nothing to say to him that wasn’t "There," "Not there," "NOT there, this isn’t anybody’s birthday," or "Slow down, Usain Bolt, who incidentally is A lot of us have found ourselves attracted to somebody younger or older, and have been reluctant to act on it because of some perceived weirdness or taboo.
Some of us limit our potential partners to a very specific age range because that’s what we think we’ll be attracted to.
Women are delaying having children, so biologically we need younger partners. The stats you show do not account for these rapid changes that only began in the 1990's.
If you look at studies now you'll see that women have an average 9 year age range either side of their own with a preference for a small 4 years either side of their own age.