Do you have a dating age range or age cap? When I was 21, I randomly set my dating age cap at 30, and it’s sort of stuck there ever since. Unfortunately, I’m definitely not 21 any more, and 30 is, well, not that much older than me. In other words, I think I need to expand my age range. Lucky for me, there’s a formula for this!

Obviously I’m not really advocating using this as a strict guide to whom you can or cannot date. I don’t know the formula’s provenance (“old wives?”) or logic, but I do know plenty of couples who are happy and way out of the age range. But if you really have no idea how old or young you should be dating, this silly formula can actually be eye opening.

To find out what the youngest age you should date is, take your current age, divide it by 2, and add 7.

I’m 25 now, so I took 12.5, added 7 years, is 19.5. Because the idea of dating someone in their teens makes me uncomfortable, I’m gonna go ahead and round that up to an even 20, which seems… still pretty young to me, honestly, but I guess 5 years isn’t that much. But…college sophomores! Yikes.

Now for the inverse.

To find out what the oldest age you should date is, take your current age, subtract 7, and multiply it by two.

25 minus 7 is 18, multiplied by two is 36. 11 years older than I am. This seems perfectly reasonable, and I was pretty excited to compare this age to celebrity crushes.

Bradley Cooper? Totally in my age range.
50 Cent? He could hit it.
Enrique Iglesias? He could be my hero, baby.

Jared Leto is, crushingly, out of my age range (39), but let’s be honest. If Jordan Catalano ever showed any glimmer of interest, well. Age ain’t nothing but a number.

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