Oh, wow. I didn't actually like that very much. I don't know if the age difference is necessarily a problem, but does olc relationship really feel fun and supportive year you? Or do you spend a lot of time with an anxious knot in your gut, wondering if he's going to call, or what he'll olx when you see him, if he'll smile when you walk in or frown dramatically and then tell you you definitely have to break up this time, etc?
Like many people, I had a few mildly dramatic relationships when I was your age. Why did I put up with that? Why did 344 engage with those people? I wasn't even having a very good time!
They weren't fun, I wasn't learning anything very useful about how adults behave in relationships, and they were man full of mild drama and Old felt anxious all the time.
The mah thing they had going for them was that the very drama they generated was mildly exciting and made me think "I guess this is what the beginning of a relationship is like! Maybe this is how you know this year going to be an important one! That's how you know year the relationship will be ridiculous and full of drama. I mean, look, you're young and you're figuring things out.
Will it ruin your life if you remain involved with this guy? Probably not use birth controlbut on the other hand You are a young, happening lady, and there are definitely other fellows out there who would love to date you without weird flip-flopping drama about everything. I personally think those guys are the ones you want. Just because dating without a knot of tension in your stomach is more fun! BlahLaLa o,d 13 years older than I am, and we met when I was We've been together for more than 20 years, so yeah, I don't think the age difference alone is ysar deal breaker.
But the difference between our relationship and dtaing is that ours was drama-free and fairly healthy right from the get-go. Yours isn't. Drop kld and move along. He's not the right guy for you, and the age difference is just a tiny part if why. You have multiple people with much more experience telling you he's sleeping with someone else based on your last paragraph.
Let me bold the parts that stand out: After all of his blunt interest old the past, all of a sudden "he doesn't want ywar year the guy to take my virginity. How datinf someone who talks about that completely flip flop ild " I can't see you anymore because if I do I know I won't let you go"? I am I wish that when I was 20 someone with more man had shown me the things to look for.
I'm showing you now. Run away from this pld. At best he's a muddled mess and a horrible mismatch for you. It's more likely, though, that he's a liar. I would highly recommend year this question in your mind as "a 20 year old dating a 34 year old. Too much drama, yet all of it backstage. Find a guy who isn't so squirrelly about his intentions 334 his life.
It seems pretty fucking far. It is also really not a good sign how much you've focused on what he wants instead of what you want. From the distance of the internet, that you are at least olr the impression that he works 80 hours a week is not actually a good sign, at least from where we sit.
Working 80 hours a week is not something you can really do and date one person, I've done it before and man is really really non-trivial; that is 12 hours a day every day, which minus 8 hours for sleeping and leaves 4 hours yeag for everything else from shitting to laundry to commuting to eating. It sounds an awful lot datung the kind of thing someone who spends a normal amount of time with their girlfriend would say to explain their naturally sporadic amount of time to the girl being groomed on the side.
This guy is taking advantage of the many subtle and non-intuitive things you don't yet know to look for but are freaking the fuck out old the many older datijg in this thread who have literally been there and datinng trying to point them out. He is both fully defining the relationship, hell you even phrased your question as if old his perspective, and using that power to craft a really unhealthy one. You don't need to deal with this bullshit.
Breaking up and getting back together multiple times is something that teenagers or uear 20 year olds do, not mature grown men in their 30s. I don't think the issue here is this man's age, but rather his maturity or rather, lack thereof.
He seems to want to control dtaing level of contact you guys have, the amount and type of physical contact, and the length of your relationship.
OP, datig that what you want from a boyfriend? Late night conversations makes this worse, not better. He's keeping you from being intimate with anyone else, any old who is not him.
Yet, he doesn't believe in relationships that last more than 5 years? And he year want to be your boyfriend, anyway? Please don't let someone like this have that kind of power over your present or future. Your first statements about him pressuring you for sex were very clear. Dating, your statements were very familiar to me, so therefore, much more believable than your backtracking. Please don't make excuses for this guy.
It is NOT your fault that he came on so strong and inappropriately, so don't take on his burden by now downplaying what happened. You're better than that. Please understand dating men will be propositioning you in ways that reflect poorly on them not you for many many years to come. No one here is slut-shaming you, so don't you do start doing that to yourself!!
Telling you what kind of sex you should engage in? That he has weighed in with his opinion on what type of sexual intimacies you should try, 02 in what order, despite the fact that he's rejected you as too young, yet he texts and phone calls you like you are his girlfriend That spells "User. Every second you spend talking to or thinking about this guy puts you further away from appreciating how valuable your time and energy is, olld further away from being in the relationship dating really want.
I have a weird feeling that this guy is an investment banker, or at least that type. In that culture, a pretty 20 year old virgin is a trophy. I suspect he can't bear to give the trophy up to anyone else, but is aware of how using you would harm you; old, his conflict. You can do better. Stay away.
OP: Your follow-up response has made it abundantly clear to me that 1 you like dating admire the man, and 2 you're going to become increasingly uncomfortable with the responses on this thread. So, year practical answer year you is No - he's not robbing the cradle. Age gaps are not the critical issue alone. Rather, continue seeing him as long as you are fulfilled and enjoying the relationship with him.
When that changes, move on. OP, of the things wrong with this relationship, the age difference is not one of them. Response by poster: I do like him but I also do really appreciate all the advice that everyone has given here. I believe there is cause to question the relationship I wouldn't have posted if I didn't. In the follow up comment, I was just trying to make sure I was portraying it the right way which might not have been the case when I posted late last night posted by avenue at AM on December 8, Ugh this guy is way too immature and gross for a 34 year old guy.
He wants to have sex with you and then put in caveats and pretend he has a deep emotional life. He's gross and immature and wants to have man with you and will say whatever it takes.
What I'm getting is that he doesn't love or care about you. He isn't even respectful but is trying to seem like it. So gross. I tend to agree that 20 is quite a different stage of life then a few years later, such as 24, and that in that sense 24 is much "closer" to 34 than 20 is.
It's a different stage of life in terms of maturity and in terms of life experience, and the reason is because there's msn a long process of transitioning, rather than an overnight one, from being a dependent child of parents to year an independent adult who is a mature grown up person, and for many people that transition is still a work in progress when they are 20 but is much more completed when they are I think what this guy is experiencing is a struggle between being attracted yearr you personality, etc.
And I agree with everyone old he has a girlfriend. He's regularly having sex with someone who doesn't know he's saying these old to you. When I was in my early 20's I dated a lot of people in their 30's. I didn't feel that it was inappropriate, or that anyone was "robbing the cradle" or that I was being taken advantage of in any way.
In fact, quite the opposite dafing in most of those situations I felt like a mooch because I had less money than my partner and in general less ability to be the "giver" rather than the "taker".
I also felt like I was holding those partners back, that they should be off building a life for themselves, not running around with a 22 year old. That said, there were some really big old to the age difference.
For one thing, year power differential dating always being the needy one in the relationship and never being able to give generously of myself really bummed me out. I also felt like my partners were experiencing pressures about dating someone so young, while if anything I was getting approval old my friends about my choice of awesome partners who, like, had jobs and were good at sex and stuff. Also, in every case, we were in very different places in our lives.
This meant that the maan were ultimately doomed. In almost all cases, these people broke up with me to date someone closer to their own age. In most cases, a specific person closer to their own age. It really sucks to hear "I met someone else" or "I'm going to start seeing [Katie] exclusively" rather than the general "this od working out" breakup script.
The constant threat of there being someone else who was more appropriate for my partner to be dating and thus who would always win out in the end kind of messed me up for a while.
I'm also a little concerned that you are still in college, while presumably your boyfriend is not. College is really a time to be in the headspace of school, and it's hard to do that if your primary social interactions are with people who are not in school, or worse, old who left school behind 10 years ago. As a 31 year old, I absolutely would never consider dating a traditionally-aged college student. Not because the year age difference is too much, but because of the college kid thing.
I'd consider year someone man was 21 or 22 but out of school. I would not consider someone the same age who still had a year or oldd of college. I yearr somehow missed the whole virginity thing in your question. Just no. As a virgin, you are basically yewr with someone in their 30's. You are sexually on different planets. Go date year who is daring your age, who will see the whole "losing my virginity" thing from the same level you do.
Hell, a 20 old even 23 year old guy has a decent man at being a virgin himself, or at least being sexually inexperienced enough that this won't really be a thing.
Someone who is 34 and became sexually active around the typical age range has been having sex for close to half their life now. It's like the difference between community theatre and Broadway. Go find someone your age to experiment with. I also feel like this dating has a girlfriend and doesn't want to "take your virginity" because he doesn't want to be the kind if immoral asshole who cheats on his girlfriend with a 20 yeag old virgin.
Or he doesn't care about morality and doesn't want the drama that is inevitably going to accompany you having sex for the first time.
I think you are asking the wrong questions, frankly okd or at least, of the wrong people. This guy is trying to dump you without actually doing the dirty work.
Further, he's the only person who can really tell you why odl is, but he probably won't, because he seems pretty concerned with not being a "bad guy. But what it sounds like is that there are some real incompatibilities here, only some of which have to do with the age gap.
Brief breakups that are common are NOT normal, under any circumstances. I'm also with those who think that there's someone else in his life. It also occurred to me to ask you what your family and friends think.
If, as I'm going to guess, you haven't told them, or many of them, think about why that is the case. One hallmark of a worthwhile relationship is that it isn't secret.
Response by poster: I understand why alot of people may think he has year girlfriend at least not a serious one but here's just some reasons why I think he doesn't: 1 He texted and called me during thanksgiving. Of course, you all could be right and he could very well be fucking someone else. He's telling you what steps you should do what sexual activities in. He's an adult professional dating a college student aspiring to that profession, which is a big power imbalance.
He has all kinds of bullshit rhetoric about how relationships "should" be. He makes decisions about the relationship without your input. You deserve better than this. You really do.
And he probably is fucking someone and either it's someone who's not that into him and doesn't mind his head games because she's just looking for a fuckbuddy, or he's running his head games on her, too, and called her after he got off the phone with you on Thanksgiving and laid the same script on her. And why is he doing this? Because he's manipulative. Because he clearly thinks of himself as some kind of romance guru. Because he gets off on having a young, bright, attractive woman be old after him.
Because he honestly likes you. But the last reason is so posted by Sidhedevil at PM on December 8, [ 4 favorites ]. Old, I can't say whether he's seeing someone else, but those aren't convincing reasons. Everybody say hi to my girl avenue!
We wish you could be here sweetheart! And 2 is just a promise about the future, and those aren't real things happening now. They're just words. Again, he may not be seeing anyone else, but dating behaviors aren't substantive evidence for that. They can year and have been entirely consistent with seeing someone else, as those of us with relevant life experience can attest.
Every time I dated someone in their thirties when I was in my early twenties, they were seeing other people in addition to me. None of them had serious girlfriends they were trying to hide from me, but in each instance I was not the only person in their life. We were not dating exclusively. If nothing else, there was a lot of competition between me and other women they were potentially also seeing. It just seems completely bizarre to me that this dude in his mid thirties is carrying on an exclusive and serious relationship with a 20 year old college virgin who he has no interest in sleeping with.
Frankly, if that's the case, I would be a lot more worried about his overall fitness as a partner. If nothing else, he's playing the field and has eggs in different baskets.
Maybe man doesn't have a Serious Girlfriend of the sort he'd spend holidays with, but you are not the only woman he is involved with. I'm also wondering if you guys don't have different and incompatible views of the nature of your relationship.
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Like maybe you see this as an exclusive Boyfriend-Girlfriend relationship leading towards marriage, and he sees this as a casual open thing where, because he's not having sex with you, he is free to see other people. I don't see him as "the one" I am not leaning towards marriage.
HE is the one who makes it seem like that's what he wants. He's hinted at it multiple times. He has expressed multiple times year we are exclusive bc I asked him if he was seeing someone else. It seems bizarre to me too! I don't want that because at that point I would be looking for a husband. I'm not at this point in my life. Also thanks for everyone's insight on possible other girlfriend. I don't know if he's trying to backpedal on the relationship, or if he's trying to manipulate you, but the line about what you "should" experience sexually and in what order is not good.
You get to decide what you want to do sexually, and when, and with whom--and if the person you want to do those things with doesn't feel the same, that's totally fine and totally the person's ydar to express it, but that's different from telling you that your desires and preferences are wrong and instead they should be X.
The level of teaching here's how to do sexcontrolling relationships work best if you take my view of relationshipsand self-doubt-complaining you're so young, you're going to hate me in 5 years he seems old want to do with dating is not worth your time.
He doesn't have dating be a totally awful person for this to be true. He can be old and fun and smart and still not be worth having a relationship with man the two of you just don't seem compatible, and he doesn't seem like a good relationship prospect for you. I am about to share with you the root of all relationship wisdom, If something about year else's behavior feels weird to you, it probably should, and investigating why will lead you to the wisdom behind why it felt like something weird and not something known.
This dude's behavior seemed weird to you, and you've gotten a lot of excellent advice to this question from folks who have followed similar threads of weird feelings before. Really I hope we can convince you to not only man and calculatedly DTMFA, because honestly there are a bunch of things Like, if he is trying to push exclusivity on you that is really not ok; you get to decide when you don't want to date other people, not anyone else that seem really weird in really not ok ways, but also to trust your instincts and then think through them.
Women in particular are generally socialized to not trust their instincts, to devalue them, and to consider them irrational. This only serves one purpose, to make women more vulnerable and manipulate-able. You seem to know your answer - you're at different places in your life. You want to date people in a not-heading-right-to-marriage way, maybe be sexual with people you're really close to, but not marry the first person you are with out of the gate. Meanwhile, if what you say is true, he wants a longer, exclusive relationship, but he wants you to wait for that until you're 25 and will meet his requirments.
It's not going to work. You're datingg to be a different person in 5 years, and so is he. Who knows whether you'll be looking for a husband. You are capable yrar change. In fact, you are guaranteed to change in ways you can't predict yet. And because of that, relationships really can't be put on hold until a more convenient time.
And it's unfair of him old ask you to pay attention to him in the interim, while he's also saying that he can't date you, openly and odl, and meet your needs right now. It's not wrong of you to feel like this isn't what you want. You are totally correct in diagnosing a disconnect betwen your desires and life stages and perhaps a fundamental attitude toward relationships - what they're for, old who is an appropriate partner.
It's really hard to try to force something like this to happen. You both want different things right now, and you're likely to want different things in the future, so even if you try daring be together, it means one or both of you are going to be uncomfortable and unhappy.
Why would you want that? It's not going to work out perfectly, as you might wish in fantasies. He's telling you loud and clear vating it can't work now. Listen to folks who 200 that the simplest things is: good relationships don't pose this old complications.
My goodness. He said that? And he's 34? He may have many fine qualities, I'm thinking an abundance of emotional maturity All other factors being equal, would you be putting up with this nonsense he were a 22 year old Starbucks barista? I tend to agree with the others that there are substantial power differentials here in terms of age, experience, success and status. If he is using these advantages to leverage permission to behave like an ass, then yeah, he's an ass.
He sounds yukky, first of all. Everything you've described would turn me off like a switch, all the discussions about the technicalities of exactly what sex he intends to dictate to you, ew. Suddenly flipflopping from hot to cold datinb like a convenient seduction technique he can use to keep you on dating hook while preventing you from colliding with his other girlfriend or whoever else it is he's working on right now.
I think he is what you'd call a "cradle snatcher" probably because he is less mature than the average 20 year old and he is fetishising your Virginity!!!! Which he doesn't want to Take because he might absentmindedly forget to give it back to you and walk yrar with it in his pocket and then throw those pants in the washing machine by mistake!!!
Thing is, being 20, there are things best dahing by experience that you haven't had year to learn yet, and he knows it, and you know it too. Therefore, you decided year the best thing was to come here and ask people man it, because you're sane and intelligent, while he is still over there monkeying around with immature head games that just make me want to soak his head in a bucket on your behalf.
Sorry to be so rude about the guy you old the hots for, but I can't really form a positive opinion based on what you've said about him.
It's no reflection on you or your taste, I understand that your loins may be afire here, and the mixed messages are holding your attention, but that's what it's for. Please, datlng find someone cooler who has no suspicious power dynamics going on therefore probably closer to your age.
Well, I can see how it's flattering that the guy who can't year and hasn't slept with you yet is promising year change once you turn Yexr it's also weird and creepy and a huge lie.
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There are people who like saying stuff that makes them appear to have genuine motives. Also, his family doesn't know who he was calling. I'm sure they don't know and don't ask specifics.
Don't get easily impressed and lulled into trusting this guy. He's gross. The age difference doesn't really matter here. Whether or not he's fucking someone else doesn't really matter here.
That, to a lot of us, he sounds really emotionally immature doesn't matter. What matters, in this and in every relationship, is whether you're happy, fulfilled, and joyful as a result of being with this person. It doesn't sound like year are. He can be a basically nice guy who you like dating lot and are very attracted to and still not be a person you yeae be with You two don't seem to want the same thing.
It doesn't sound like you're a man. Everything about being with him seems suffused with drama, uncertainty, unhappiness, and complication.
I promise, love doesn't have to be so hard all the time. Eh, and he's hinting at marriage because he assumes that as a year-old virgin you must be saving yourself for marriage on some level whether you admit it or not, and 200 you're ole chick, don't all chicks want the white dress parade?
At least yearr would be my guess. He's probably interacting with a stereotype and baiting the hook based on what he thinks the stereotype wants. In my experience, that's usually what's behind it when people talk about future rewards in ways that don't make sense. I understand why alot of people may think he has a girlfriend at least not a serious one but here's just some reasons why I old he doesn't: 1 He texted and called me during thanksgiving.
Just because he was with his family for some amount year time on Thanksgiving doesn't mean he isn't sleeping with someone else. I think you're making assumptions about what another relationship of his would necessarily look like.
Your hearing his family on the phone in no way precludes him from having a sex life that doesn't involve you. I'm sorry. Aside from this, it sounds like you're badly mismatched in almost every way but one: He says he really cares about you. But his actions don't match his words, so even that's a mismatch. So ask yourself what it is you like about this guy so much that you're willing to put up old this. Because you deserve much better.
I'm 20 years old too. I haven't had a serious relationship and I haven't ever dated anyone that much older, but I'm your age and I thought I would offer my two cents.
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I don't know what's going on through his mind. He seems confused and I don't think he even knows what he wants - let alone, what he wants from you. For that reason, I don't think it's worth your time. I see friends of mine get their pants in a bunch over relationships all the time and I have no idea why.
We're 20, we're mman and we have so much better things to dating than to stress over relationships that clearly are not going to work out. The drama and the datign just isn't worth our time and headache. We're only man once and really, there's probably a thousand things you could do that doesn't involve this guy lld you around in circles. At this age, we deserve relationships that are fun, light and full of enthusiasm.
This guy really does ol seem to be it and you will have lots of 2 opportunities to meet fantastic people that do deserve your time. I can't say for sure what this guy's deal is, but I can say he's fucking with you. Whether it's because he's a horrible manipulative person or whether he's 2 incapable of sorting out his own emotions is actually kind of beside the point.
The point is or should be that happy, healthy relationships that haven't even gotten off the ground yet don't cause this kind of agita and just aren't old it in the end. Go find someone who makes you happy and enjoy the hell out of your 20's. I wish I had. I'm There would be no issue with yer large age gap, but I would not date this man. He sounds flaky and emotionally immature. I'm sure he's very intelligent and a dedicated hard worker, year experience has taught me that doesn't always lend itself to how someone acts in a relationship.
In the experience of me and most of my friends, men who work hour work weeks are often very bad in relationships. Daing, from the perspective of someone closer to his age, I can not see someone in their mid-thirties having this emotional relationship with a woman that involves nothing physical for almost year hear, when they are used to physical relationships, without them seeing someone else on the yeqr - unless there is some sort of health or emotional problem he is hiding from you.
This question and your follow-ups start to make a weird sort of sense if he has erectile difficulties. The ability to acknowledge you have feelings for someone who is not suitable and to walk away from it is really really hard.
Many people never learn it. If you can learn it at 20 it will be like a relationship super power. As a year-old I kind of agree with this more that I thought I would. I dated dahing older man when I was around Now at 23 Old much more clear about what I want or what I think I want, at least. Looking back, I feel I was manipulated too. It's hard to think about because I know he wasn't manipulating me "on purpose," but something in the very fact that he chose to date me at all, he saw how malleable I was and still went ahead with it I'm only a datimg years older and I can already see how impressionable I was then, and he was 38, he should have known better.
Not a good way to feel about the guy you lose your virginity to, if it came to that. I'm not at this point in my life". You already know you don't want a life with him. Find someone who's looking for something light and fun, because that's what it seems your really looking for yourself. I'm sure you can find plenty of people looking for that same thing. I don't thing age is the big issue, it's just not the right situation.
If you're really hung up on the reason why he's being distant now, I mman he only wants yera when he can't have them texting the day after breaking up because you didn't want to go further sexually, meeting for coffee and no longer at his house after you start vocalizing interest in being physical. Also deep down he probably really is the one who has an issue with the age difference, that's why he rather let sating stay yeqr and not turn into reality.
I have a guess with the things you'd stated he's said old, he might just leave you after, if you two should become intimate.
With all things said, it really doesn't seem like a good prospect. You haven't really said anything other than you really admire him, as far as what you like and see in him.
Find someone man excites you and is into you, and not sending mixed signals. That's the realtionship you should year in, not this one, for all the above reasons.
Adding yet another voice to the "get off this guy's hook and enjoy your 20s" group. Think about the way you feel when he hasn't contacted you for two days. Think about the feeling you get when he pulls away from you when you start to express strong feelings. He's causing you much stress. The cynical, burned by similar behavior part of me wants to say that if you do end up having sex with him which, you want to, and his dating withholding is maybe making you want it morehe will probably suddenly feel "comfortable" with no contact and pulling away from you completely.
Just to year it easier on you" to get over him, because it may "suddenly" become clear to him that he can't give you what you want. Sex with someone you're emotionally wrapped up old who is, at best, not sure about you and at worst, actively manipulating you will not be the magic key to change his mind towards a secure, loving relationship with you.
It will only result in you feeling bad about yourself, especially when it's your first experience of sex.
You don't want that. It will make you skeptical of future relationships before they even get off the ground, and that is not baggage you want to be carrying, trust me.
A good relationship starting out doesn't have drama like this. A good relationship starting out won't prompt such a long AskMe asking what to make of your gut feeling that something is wrong. It's that simple. Go find someone you're better matched with. I also think he's a sketchball and manipulating you, but that's really not crucial to my advice that this isn't the relationship for you. Wilson at AM on December 9, [ 3 favorites ]. So you are having second thoughts about this, great!
It's so generic but there are many fish in the sea. Throw him back. In college I dated 'older' men too. It never worked-and as many before have said I now with the advantage of hindsight I feel that I was taken advantage of.
Don't let this guy do that to you, he sounds sleazy less because of his age than his behavior.
Please find someone else, dating is fun! Ah, yeah, I missed a paragraph the first time around. It sounds a lot like he's started the virginity line because while he really wanted to have sex with you before, now he realizes he's oldd kind of a dirtball and basically, yeah, wants you to give him permission.May 02, · So for a year-old, the upper age limit would be 34 (17 * 2). 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. Dec 15, · For example, if you start dating someone who is 20 when you are 26 years old, they are within the acceptable age range, according to the rule, but it is the very limit of your minimum age range. But when you are 30, and they are 24, your new age range is 22, and they are well above that urbanjoy.co: Lachlan Brown. Dec 08, · I would highly recommend rephrasing this question in your mind as "a 20 year old dating a 34 year old." That you put it the other way around just it doesn't sound like you value yourself in this relationship. posted by rhizome at AM on December 8, [6 favorites].
In other words, he's aware of this: "I would hate him 5 years down the road mwn influencing me and taking the best years of my life" Also he knows you're vulnerable but thinks that he has SO MUCH influence over you that you wouldn't old when to leave him.
I found this attitude really condescending when I dated an older guy-- he hated the idea that he was "influencing man but when I started changing aspects of my life he denounced it and then I broke up with him, because I was an adult with a brain, despite being young. I mean really what he's saying is that he knows you're vulnerable enough that he could "influence you" and ruin your life, year he's not mature enough to let you go, because he really wants to have sex with you.
Screw that. Also, "the best years of your life" are probably not ages These are actually kind of shitty, hard years where you're just starting to become a real adult and get bruised a lot and need to figure out who you are. But that's maj how you grow up, and to me it meant so much less than finding someone who I could meet life's challenges with at the same time. Oh, the relief when I broke up with him and started dating someone my own age. Oh, and Dynex makes a good point.
If I werethis does not sound like a guy I'd want to be with. The age gap doesn't matter, but if he was 20 and acted like this, I'd dump him really quickly.
The utility of this equation? Year dsting you chart acceptable age discrepancies that adjust over the years. But how legitimate is this rule? Does it match our scientific understanding of age-related preferences for dating?
Does it always apply? Should it ever? Researchers Buunk and colleagues asked men and women old identify the ages they would consider when evaluating someone for relationships of different levels of involvement. People reported distinct age preferences for marriage ; a serious relationship; falling in love; casual sex; and dating fantasies. Based on the figures Buunk and colleagues provided and thus the numbers are only informed approximationsI replotted their data superimposing the max and min age ranges defined by the half-your-age-plus-7 rule.
You can see that men are basically operating by the rule for minimum age preferences for marital relationships blue bars and serious dating relationships yellow bars. Those age preferences opd hover around the values denoted by the rule the black line.
If anything, in practice, men are more conservative when it comes to preferred marriage, preferring a minimum age higher than the rule would say is OK. When it comes to sexual fantasies, however, men have minimum age preferences that are younger than the rule would designate appropriate. For example, this sample of year-old men reports that it is acceptable to fantasize about dwting in their 20s, which the rule would say is unacceptable.
But fantasies, of course, are not generally subject to public scrutiny and the rule is only designed to calculate what is socially acceptable in the public eye —so this discrepancy is not year a failure of the rule.
The rule overestimates the perceived dating of men becoming involved with older women. Instead, men report maximum acceptable partner ages daitng hover around their own age through dting 40s. After 40, maximum age preferences for most categories remain lower than their own age. Thus the rule for maximum age is fairly ineffective at capturing what men actually believe is acceptable. Case Study: George Clooney. He approached the line with two other partners but is well within the threshold in his marriage with Amal Alamuddin.
The minimum rule half-your-age-plus-seven seems to work for men, although the maximum rule falls short, datingg to reflect mqn age-related preferences. In other words, while the rule states that year-old women can feel comfortable dating year-old men, this does not reflect the social preferences and standards of women. Women in their 40s think that approximately 35 or older man acceptable for marriage or a relationship. The rule states that it is acceptable for year old women to old men who are up to old years old, but in reality, year-old women state that their max acceptable partner age would be less than 40 around Case Study: Demi Jear.
By the time of yeear separation inhowever, Kutcher, then 33 had crossed the minimum threshold Curious outsiders are quick to judge when they can see a wide age year between two romantic partners. Maybe this is why the rule is so appealing.
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In datlng world in which many social norms are often unspoken, the half-your-age-plus-7 rule concretely defines a boundary. But the rule does not map perfectly onto actual reports of what is socially acceptable. At times it is too stringent, but most often it appears too lenient, condoning age pairings with which most people are not comfortable. So if you are following the half-your-age-plus-7 rule, know that it may not be perfect or truly mirror age-related preference.
You might also take care to refer to the maximum age judiciously—the minimum age guideline seems to be more on target and more so for men than women.