# Appropriate age difference dating equation

Dunno, if you work with mathematical models of reality often enough (i.e.if you are a physicist), and trust me, some are pretty dismal (yes, I'm talking to you, plasma physicists), you really stop worrying about the fact that the model isn't particularly good, or at least stop discussing it, and worry about it implicitly.The problem is that both the equation "y = x", which just maps age over time, and "y = x / 2 7", the dating-range formula, are each linear, an so at a certain point the lines grow unrealistically far apart, like where a 60 year old can date a 37 year old.

More so I don't think that the age of the other party(/parties) are that relevant.

I see why there's a need for some sort of (legislative/social/whatever) barrier, and I see no better way to address the problem; but the point is that it doesn't work for everyone! Compared to /b/ you are almost flawless This is what is wrong with this fora.

I'm not old enough to experience it myself but from what I can tell, 10-20 year age gaps don't seem remotely weird or creepy for people over the age of 40 or so.

So far (I only 25), I've found the 7 x/2 formula has been remarkably accurate, expanding at about the same rate as the age range of people I would intuitively consider dating.

Putting an equation as a guideline for creepiness and then primarily be concerned with that the equation is flawed *in a strict, mathematical sense( , not that there are other - harder to measure - variables out there.

I don't think that it's universally right to assume that a 16 or 17 year old isn't old enough to date.Now I might be wrong, but I'd guess that you haven't yet reached an age where the "age/2 7" formula suggests that it's okay to date 10 years past your age.This might go some way to explaining your reluctance.Now, as a piece of maths, let's look at it mathematically, oh look it's maths seems to be flawed."My point is that what I gather from this thread Moo's reasoning is far from universal; IE people are not looking at the problem firsthand and the mathematical implications secondly but ONLY on the mathematical implications.Sourmilk - I know couples with age gaps around 10 years, one of my sets of grandparents among them.EDIT: or, perhaps, does the age of consent (not legal) go up as the age of the partner goes up?

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