According to a book written back in 1901 by Max ORell, men should date women who are half their age plus seven. A man should marry a woman half his age, plus seven, he wrote in Her Royal Highness, Woman: And His Majesty Cupid.
Is it wrong to date someone half your age?
This rule states that by dividing your own age by two and then adding seven you can find the socially acceptable minimum age of anyone you want to date. So if youre a 24-year-old, you can feel free to be with anyone who is at least 19 (12 + 7) but not someone who is 18.
Where did the half your age plus seven rule come from?
Where does half your age plus seven come from? Half your age plus seven is an unofficial rule of romance often credited to French author Max ORell (Léon Paul Blouet) in his 1901 love manual with the incredibly romantic title of Her Royal Highness Woman and His Majesty Cupid.