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. He goes to High School and she is in Middle School. By the end of the summer I can just say that I'm glad I was strong enough to say no as many times as I had to - not all girls will be able to do that, and not all boys will take no for an answer!

I don’t even know how to discuss this with them.” Like this young man, you may feel that your parents are being unreasonable and unsympathetic.

“I want to do as the Bible says and honor my father and mother,” says one youth, “but I don’t think they’re right.

However, just heading to college and being away from home for likely the first time, is a very different mindset than someone who is in the workforce.

I can't speak for mighty_pelican, but life stages can play a big part in why an age gap doesn't work and the appeal isn't there.

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With some quick math, the rule provides a minimum and maximum partner age based on your actual age that, if you choose to follow it, you can use to guide your dating decisions.

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?

This rules states that by dividing your own age by two and then adding seven you can find the age boundary: Take your age, subtract 7, and double it.