From another point of view, the chart can be interpreted as saying that there should not be an age disparity of as much as five years unless the younger person has an age of 19 or more, a ten-year disparity should exist only if the younger person has an age of 24 or more, and a twenty-year disparity should occur only if the younger person has an age of 34 or more.

(And people only slightly older than 14 should only be involved with those almost exactly the same age as themselves.) To read the chart, go to the position along the x-axis which corresponds to your age, and the green range (between the black and red lines) directly above that position corresponds to the range of your partner's ages which is deemed acceptable by the rule.

If you look for someone to have casual sex with, your dating age rule differs from if you want a serious relationship.

What a study by psychological researchers Buunk and colleagues concluded was there are all sorts of differences between males, females, preference, and maximum and minimum acceptable ages.

Or in reverse, subtract seven from your current age and then multiply it by two to find your maximum. There is actually an equation used to calculate how many years two people should have between one another.

It indicates how old or young someone should be to be an acceptable mate.

[Read: Dating someone younger than you: 12 ways to make it easier] Is the evidence real?

Many relationship researchers have gone to great lengths to figure out what type of couples make it and which don’t.Also, many lawmakers have gone to great lengths to protect young people. The science of the dating age rule So, what does science say about the dating age rule?There are times when the dating age rule can be tantamount to child sexual abuse. Apparently, it is a mathematical equation that goes something like only dating someone half your age plus seven years for a successful, fair, equitable, and peaceful relationship with someone who is your equal on the minimum scale.Men have a different standard when it comes to relationships and marriage versus fantasizing about a woman.For both relationships and marriage, the dating age rule stayed pretty reliable.For convenience, the line representing x=y is also shown (in blue).

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