Appropriate dating age equation
I mean, I agree that the forumla is flawed, but I disagree on where the flaws start. So this is kinda unclear to me..all of you saying "what's wrong with a 120 year old dating a 40 year old?
I think the flaws start well out of what normal human lifespan is.. If someone who's 110 wants to date someone who's 62, I'm sure as fuck not going to stop them. " or whatever think it's not creepy for a, say, 65 year old to date an 18 year old (or whatever you think the age of consent is, whether 16 or 22)?
Now I might be wrong, but I'd guess that you haven't yet reached an age where the "age/2 7" formula suggests that it's okay to date 10 years past your age.
This might go some way to explaining your reluctance.
Putting an equation as a guideline for creepiness and then primarily be concerned with that the equation is flawed *in a strict, mathematical sense( , not that there are other - harder to measure - variables out there.
I don't think that it's universally right to assume that a 16 or 17 year old isn't old enough to date.
After you're past the age of about 25 or 30, honestly I think you know better than some formula what is or is not a good idea. No one's getting into anything they should be unfamiliar with.
When thinking about it, I figured what you'd want is some kind of curve that had an asymptote parallel to y = x, that way ages wouldn't become unrealistically far apart. What's wrong with a 60 year old dating a 37 year old?
You appear to be under the impression anyonee has ever suggested it would. This fora isn't about "hey guys let's discuss this concept, oh look it's only flaw is mathematical".
It's more like "hey guys this equation attempts to approximate something observed in real life.
Obviously it is a gross generalisation, but still, it's a pretty good one. Unlike /b/, who rejoice in being seen as a single homogeneous entity, I think the denizens of xkcd like to be seen as a collection of unique individuals. My point is that what I gather from this thread Moo's reasoning is far from universal; IE people are not looking at the problem firsthand and the mathematical implications secondly but ONLY on the mathematical implications.
I believe people aren't "looking at the problem" here because this thread is about the "you can't date if they aren't *formula*" joke rather than a serious discussion on the dynamics of relationships where partners range in age.