I had the answer to my original question, but I wasn’t satisfied.
If the creepiness rule is wrong, then I needed a new rule to guide my non-existent love life.
By the time they’re 60, John is “allowed” to be with someone three years younger than the youngest Lauren can be with.
According to the survey, a 20 year-old John can date someone who is 30.
I try to avoid as much social interaction in my daily life as possible.
For those of you unaware of the modern-day sweatshop that is m Turk (I say this endearingly), you’re missing out.
When John/Lauren are 20, the creepiness rules caps their maximum dating age at 26 ([20–7]*2).
Yet, people surveyed were fine with John and Lauren seeing someone in their early 30's.
The rule states that the maximum age of Lauren’s lover is 46 and according to the survey, the actual acceptable age is 45.4.Buunk & colleagues wrote a paper investigating how factors such as age, gender, and type of romantic relationship (casual, serious, marriage, etc.) affect the age limits people place on potential romantic partners.The researchers approached random people in public and asked them to imagine themselves in a romantic relationship with an attractive person of the opposite sex .Within a few days I got 274 responses: 110 male, 163 female, and one person that “preferred not to say”.The results showed that the creepiness rule is generally too lenient about how young you can date — especially as you get older.Based on the creepiness rule, a 20-year old John/Lauren can date someone who is 17.