People reported distinct age preferences for marriage; a serious relationship; falling in love; casual sex; and sexual fantasies. Based on the figures Buunk and colleagues (2000) provided (and thus the numbers are only informed approximations), I replotted their data superimposing the max and min age ranges defined by the half-your-age-plus-7 rule.
Now we can see how well the rule corresponds with people’s reported acceptable ages.
Men’s preferred minimum partner age: Let’s start with minimum age preferences reported by heterosexual men.
According to the rule, for example, a 30-year-old should be with a partner who is at least 22, while a 50-year-old’s dating partner must be at least 32 to not attract (presumed) social sanction. Does it match our scientific understanding of age-related preferences for dating? Researchers Buunk and colleagues (2000) asked men and women to identify the ages they would consider when evaluating someone for relationships of different levels of involvement.In various cultures, older men and younger women often seek one another for sexual or marital relationships.A study released in 2003 by the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics concluded that the proportion of women in England and Wales marrying younger men rose from 15% to 26% between 19.Miss Moore was 52 when in 2005 she married the actor and former model who is 15 years her junior‘That they got together might in itself be a result of the rise in so-called “silver splits” in recent years, sometimes as people separate from partners of a similar age and set up home with others much younger than themselves.‘When they are merely dating, romance often makes it possible for them to overcome the age difference.It can even seem rather sophisticated to some people.Concepts of these relationships, including what defines an age disparity, have developed over time and vary among societies.