The social rule defining the youngest age one may date without it being socially unacceptable (or illegal). To compute the oldest one could date without it being socially awkward, simply subtract seven from one's own age, and multiply by two.
To compute the acceptable age an otherwise inappropriately matched couple would have to be before they could date, find the difference in their age, multiply by two, and add seven to get the age the older partner would have to be.
And remember, always round up when computing the youngest age you can date, and round down for the oldest. You know, just to be on the safe side.
Andy is 23, Betty is 19. Andy wants to know if they should date, so he computes half-your-age-plus-seven (18.5). This is an acceptable relationship.
Christine is 25, Donald is 43. Christine thinks she might be too young for Donald, so she reverses the half-your-age-plus-seven rule (36). This is an unacceptable relationship.
Eustace is 94, Frank is 46. Eustace considers the fact that half-your-age-plus-seven (54) makes this an inappropriate relationship to engage in. She also considers that she will be 110 before her relationship with Frank will be socially acceptable. She then considers the fact that she will be dead by then. Eustace continues on with her relationship with Frank anyway.
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