Rules for dating someone older than you

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These women aren't uninterested or uninteresting; they simply haven't had to learn how to communicate with real people in real situations based on the world they grew up in. But just because you can also try Farmers if you're not technically a farmer, doesn't mean it's a good idea.

But what is a first date other than a test of communication between two strangers who are tossing around the idea of potentially engaging in sexual and emotional trust with the other? For these reasons, I beg of you to stay within the 8-year rule.

That really hot girl just out of college may seem alluring, but just trust me and play the odds.

A common rule of thumb, at least on the internet, is that it’s okay to be interested in someone “half your age plus seven” years.

For example, generally, you try to avoid people with two first names or those who abbreviate the word probably as “probs.” But you never know; that one awful abbreviator could be your soulmate.

So, I'm proposing this "8-year rule" in dating as an absolute.

From that story, I deduced she was either an alcoholic, irresponsible or the product of parents who let her do whatever she wanted — or all three.

Listen, if I could do it over again, I may not have moved out of my parents' house as soon as I did.

I am aware there are possibilities where two people can successfully date with an age gap of more than eight years. (Seriously, she was born on the same day and same year.

To be clear, not knowing who The Fugees are or simply missing someone's references doesn't make you a bad person.

It makes you ignorant of great music, and definitely not a match.

According to this rule, it would not be creepy for a 30 year old to date a 22 year-old, but an 18 year-old would be off-limits.

Although this is a fun rule of thumb, what does research say about age preferences for potential mates?

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