Standard creepiness rule dating
the “half-your-age-plus-seven” rule, which states that no person should date someone under (age / 2 7), otherwise they will look like a creeper.
This seems arbitrary, but if you crunch your age into that equation, I’m willing to bet that you wouldn’t even consider dating someone under that age. ) If we plot the Standard Creepiness Rule out for women: (Note that you can easily just change the axis labels in the above chart and it works just as well for men.) It just so happens that Christian Rudder released his book Dataclysm last month, which features a chart showing us the age range that women search on Ok Cupid for when looking for men to date.
Integral to this flaw in the equations is the shift of the 14 to 18 year highschool-oriented environment to an 18 university/work environment, where age groups are unclearly defined, puberty has past, and mutual interests are less common - not to mention the increase in long-term committed relationships.
As such there are a variety of new variables to factor into any attempt at predictive equations, and thus we require a more detailed equation to handle this.
There are a few spots in their teens and low-20s where women actually seek men than the Standard Creepiness Rule says they should, but that trend quickly ends by the time they’re 21.
It’s interesting to note that in their younger years, women seek older men much more than younger men and refuse to date men more than a year younger than them.
One of my first thoughts when I saw this chart was: Do women on Ok Cupid follow the Standard Creepiness Rule?
(In case you’re wondering about whether men follow the rule, check this post out.) Sure enough, if we overlay Rudder’s Ok Cupid data over the first chart, we see that women follow the rule almost exactly.
Olson It seems that there’s an XKCD comic for every life situation that we run in to. One of my favorites, by far, is the comic titled “Dating pools.” This comic highlighted the Standard Creepiness Rule, a.k.a.
The closest simile that currently exists is the Drake Equation.
The comparison between the Drake Equation's method for assessing intelligent life in space and the likelihood of finding a girlfriend was first made in 1999 in Germany, although was expanded on more recently (2009-2010) in the UK.
When applied to dating, the simplest (and most cynical) way of expressing the Drake Equation is probably as follows: = The fraction of those who you can actually enjoy being around Effectively, what the equation does is establish population figures to work from, cuts down that population based on issues of proximity, applies the previously mentioned Standard Creepiness Rule to the proximal population, removes the portion of the pool who are unavailable and then applies personal taste (which may be a bit hard to quantify in exact figures, but standard practice would be to assume you're aiming for the "upper 25%" or 0.25 in each category - vary to taste).
Of course the equation as given above is limited to a very specific population.