Creepiness rule dating
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.
Yet according to the survey, 37 was well outside the age range of what is socially acceptable.
The results also showed that the creepiness rule is too restrictive about how old you can date when you are young, but becomes too lenient as you get older.
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.
Overall, the creepiness rule does not accurately represent what people find socially acceptable; people are more judgmental than what the creepiness rule implies.
The rule is too lenient about how old and how young people are “allowed” to date.
The results showed that the creepiness rule is generally too lenient about how young you can date - especially as you get older.
Mechanical Turk is Amazon’s online platform where people pay other people to complete online tasks.
This can vary from transcribing a movie, to identifying an item on a receipt, to taking a survey about hypothetical romantic relationships.
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 .The "creepiness rule" states that the youngest you should date is "half your age plus seven." The less commonly used corollary is that the oldest you should date is "subtract seven from your age and double it."According to this rule, society should accept a 50 year old man dating a 32 year old woman. Reactions ranged from “sure” to “that’s weird” to “why are you asking me this? When I flipped the genders – a 50 year old woman dating a 32 year old man – people’s responses often flipped as well.