Rule dating

"Half, plus seven" is the age-old dating rule for dudes.

It justifies the dating of younger women, within reason.

So, if something seems too good to be true (read: he or she is too hot for you by about eight years), it probably is.

Here are four problems you'll likely run into if you break the 8-year rule: I once went out with a woman who was under the impression that Lauryn Hill was made famous by being in “Sister Act 2.”Now, there are a few reactions you can have to this.

The formula begins with each dude's age (for example, 22).

That age is halved (22/2 =11), and 7 is tacked on to the divided result.

I am aware there are possibilities where two people can successfully date with an age gap of more than eight years. (Seriously, she was born on the same day and same year.

If that's not an easy conversation opener, I truly don't know what is.)But after all sorts of successes and failures with women, as time has gone on, I've found at least common failure: a massive age gap.

That's the idea behind a new "white-glove" dating service offered by Three Day Rule in conjunction with

Therefore, a 22 year old male may legitimately date an 18 year old female, a 25 male may date a female of 19.5, and a 30 male may date a female of 22.

While there is no technical ceiling on this social anthropological formula, there is a point at which common sense takes over, and it just becomes disgusting.

But here's another thought: if the only way you can stomach online dating is by trying to find someone just like your ex, maybe what you really need is a time out instead.

For example, generally, you try to avoid people with two first names or those who abbreviate the word probably as “probs.” But you never know; that one awful abbreviator could be your soulmate.

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