The Age That Men Prefer Their Girlfriends To Be, In Two Charts

Watch out for the creeper-zone.

The idea of older men wanting younger women can be found everywhere: TV, movies and the lives of the rich and famous (cough, cough, Hugh Hefner, anyone?)

But it turns out, those tropes are much closer to reality than expected. According to Dataclysm, a new book by author Christian Rudder, an Ok Cupid analysis shows that men tend to go for younger women, but not too much younger.

Blogger and computer science research assistant Randal Olson wanted to see how these findings related to the half-your-age-plus-seven-rule, which is an unofficial way of knowing if a person is too young or too old for you (illustrated below). For example, if a man is 38, the rule dictates that he can date as young as 26 years old, but anything lower falls into the creepiness zone.

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So he also created a second chart to compare how Rudder's data of the men of OK Cupid fell onto the creepiness zone.

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As it appears, men don't seem to skew too far off the zone.

"There are a few spots in the mid-30"s where men seem willing to dip ever so slightly past the safe zone of non-creepiness, but that trend quickly ends by their 40"s," Olson explained on his blog. The bad news is that the chart reveals that men are less inclined to date women significantly older than them.

Maybe the next set of data can illustrate which percentage of younger women actually want to date older men. What say you, Olson?

(H/T: Mic)