His 2015 book Thing Explainer explains scientific concepts using only the one thousand most commonly used words in English.As a student, Munroe often drew charts, maps, and "stick figure battles" in the margins of his school notebooks, besides solving mathematical problems unrelated to his classes. This has the advantage of allowing for a larger age gap the older the partners get; the four-year age gap between a 22-year-old and an 18-year-old is significant (and just barely allowed by this rule), but the same age gap between an 86-year-old and a 90-year-old isn't worth comment. As Society Marched On, this became less and less the case, and in modern works a very small age gap is often considered ideal, with a maximum allowable (as opposed to "ideal") age gap proposed, and often applied equally in either direction (older man vs. One commonly-applied formula is the "half your age plus seven" rule, in which the older partner's age is divided by two and then increased by seven to reach either the ideal or minimum allowable age for a romantic partner.As it turns out, most guys on Ok Cupid aren’t all that creepy, typically staying within the Rule’s designated age range.But there was one aberration: Men 34 to 38 tended to look for girls in their early and mid-20s, even though that’s basically kind of yuck.
This trope is when a specific formula or calculation is proposed to determine either the "ideal" age gap, or the maximum allowable age gap before it becomes "creepy". Here the number of available partners does show a concave shape.Even though I am too lazy to do the graphing, I am inclined, based on intuition, to believe the latter curves rather than the former.Finally, we have a chart to explain why dudes who had already paid off their student loans were always hitting on you in college. The rule would theoretically create a paradox for people under 14, because the younger partner would have to be older than the older partner, but 14 is about the youngest you can be and make anything even remotely resembling adultish decisions respecting relationships anyway, so this rule works out rather well.