Normal dating age difference
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.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.Differences in age preferences for mates can stem from evolutionary mating strategies and age preferences in sexual partners may vary cross culturally.
Much to my surprise, when overlaying a line representing the rule of thumb on Kenrick and Keefe’s results (see red line in the figure below), you can see it closely matches the low end of the range (i.e., youngest preferred) for all but the oldest men.
In 64 percent of heterosexual couples, the man is older.
In 23 percent, the woman is older, and in the remaining 13 percent, the partners are less than 12 months apart in age.
This data comes from the 2014 Current Population Survey (CPS) and is based on information provided by 31,075 male-female couples.
Those surveyed couples are supposed to represent the estimated 70 million heterosexual couples who live together in the U. It doesn’t matter whether they’re married or unmarried, parents or childless — all couples are counted in the CPS, unless they’re gay.