What is the acceptable minimum age for your own (and others’) dating partners?When this question comes up in conversation, someone inevitably cites the “half your age plus seven” rule.(Then again, just because a guy wants to date a younger girl, doesn't necessarily mean she wants to date him!)As a woman over 30, I decided to try to get to the bottom of this conundrum by asking a series of straight, unmarried men in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s to find out why some actually prefer to date “older” women.The howls of grief from Cook's mother were so loud that the judge had to later restate the sentencing for the clerk: 20 years for on a carjacking charge, 15 years for attempted carjacking with a deadly weapon and 15 years for a battery felony. As part of her plea agreement, a conspiracy charge was dropped.That charge carried a maximum penalty of life in prison.
The utility of this equation is that it lets you chart acceptable age discrepancies that adjust over the years. Let's examine it: How well does the rule reflect scientific evidence for age preferences?
When she got into the truck, Cook told Nida she had to go get money, and when she returned, a man with a mask got into the backseat. “For that I’m going to adjudicate you guilty for all three charges and sentence you to 20 years in state prison.” With that, Cook's mother let out a howling wail and sank to the floor of Courtroom 6 at the S. And while Cook had retained composure throughout the proceeding, she lost it then.
At first, the man pointed a gun with a laser sight at Nida and told him to get out of the pickup, police said. The unidentified man then fired off two rounds, one of which struck Pursel in the stomach. Tears streamed from Cook’s eyes as she called out to her mother, Lashawnda Ponder.
Now we can see how well the rule corresponds with people’s reported acceptable ages.
Men’s preferred minimum partner age: Let’s start with minimum age preferences reported by heterosexual men.