It turns out to be relatively well established, dating back more than 100 years to a book by Max O’Rell written in 1901, and the 1951 play The Moon is Blue.
We asked three relationship experts to weigh in on the rule - and their responses were surprising.
Relationship expert Susan Winter said, “I find it amusing that there’s an equation for the ‘optimal’ age gap in love.
While formula’s seem as though they have some kind of scientific credence, the truth is that two resonant souls will find each other (regardless of their ages).” Whether there are any rules we should follow when looking for a potential mate, Winter said, “Rules no longer apply - there are no rules in love except to follow your heart.” Cute.
So, many people wonder, what is your age limit, to date that is...
Ofcourse at the end of the day, if you love that person, and if the sex is good, go for it no matter what anyone saids about anything.
But for relationship expert Rachel De Alto, the old rule is pretty helpful in determining suitable age differences.
According to De Alto, “It is still a decent rule of thumb to set a boundary of a minimum age.
The result is: ■ The age difference between the two persons is 4 years, 4 months, 12 days. Here is a simple way of calculating your age range, and proven to be quite useful and accurate.(ex) your age=30 (not that I am, just that its a simple number to calculate mind you! so if you're 30 you can't date anyone younger than 22. That person's age / 2 7 = your age ==There are also good things in life as you grow older...This age difference calculator determines the age gap in relationships or the simple time difference between the births of two people.This is a rule with far origins in regard of the social acceptance of a big relationship age gap.It states that one should never date anyone under half their age plus seven years. Therefore, according to the above rule, this potential relationship is not so adequate.Let’s take an example: The male protagonist in our story is 46. Of course there is a lot of controversy around this rule of thumb, especially nowadays, but it is said to have originated in France and set as a formula for suitability of a bride for marriage to an older man.He is interested to date our female protagonist aged 27. At a first glance, there is a difference of 19 years between the two. Age disparity in relationships is a very often searched aspect and many people are referring to it when between two persons.■ Person 2 is older than Person 1 with 4 years, 4 months, 12 days.■ Person 1 is 24 years, 9 months, 7 days old, while Person 2 is 20 years, 4 months, 26 days old.As for why she thinks the equation has endured for so long, Winter said, “There's no logical reason for this to be a ‘rule.’ Nor does this mathematical equation determine the 'optimal age gap.'” “However, you might note that the gap is larger than one would imagine.Historically, a woman was to choose a man the same age, or five to 15 years older.