The “half your age plus seven” rule of thumb probably helps you avoid being a creep, but is it accurate?
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.
However, it doesn’t represent women’s preferences at all.
So maybe there is a kernel of truth the rule, at least for men. Le's research focuses on commitment, including the factors associated with commitment and its role in promoting maintenance.
This Dating Age Range Calculator just a fun tool to predict your dating age.
Half your age plus seven rule states "never date anyone under half your age plus 7" also meaning that "no one under 14 years of age should date".
But as you get older, the dateable age range gets wider. The first chart is labeled Singles, and is a decreasing graph.