By Miranda Larbi

Should men aim to date women half their age + seven? ‘Successful significant relationships are based on mutual understanding and connection,’ relationship expert Susan Winter tells the Independent. So, is this the case?

Men, particularly well known ones, are prone to dating women many years younger than them.

George and Amal. Donald and Melania. Mary-Kate and Olivier – the list of famous age-gap couples is endless. Leonardo Di Caprio seems to have an age limit of about 25 for prospective girlfriends.

Men trading women in for ever younger models is nothing new and there’s an actual equation behind just how young the women men should date should be.

According to a book written back in 1901 by Max O’Rell, 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.

Try it at whatever age you like, and you will find it works very well, taking for granted all the while that, after all, a man as well as a woman is the age that he looks and feels.’

While this seems like advice from a forgotten age and dating has probably moved on, some dating experts still agree with him.

‘It is still a decent rule of thumb to set a boundary of a minimum age. While age is truly just a number, successful significant relationships are based on mutual understanding and connection,’ relationship expert Susan Winter tells the Independent. ‘I’ve seen a few anomalies where a large age gap didn’t get in the way of a lasting connection, but often times, it can lead to frustrations and the end of a relationship.

 

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