According to internet lore, there's a mathematical equation that governs the lower bound for the socially acceptable age of a potential dating partner: half your age plus 7, or, in mathematical terms, if x is your age then the lower bound is f(x) = x/2 + 7. if you're 20, then the minimum socially acceptable age for a date is 17.But it was The Ragbag who pointed out that this rule has a duality: for the date to be socially acceptable, the rule must be adhered to by your date as well.
Incidentally, if you're wondering how well is this rule adhered to in practice, the dating website has done an extensive analysis of age preferences amongst their members.
A really interesting analysis (and quite sophisticated - maybe done in R?
), especially for heterosexual males looking for the ideal age-ranges for potential dates.
We often assume the online dating world is strictly adults only, but as it turns out this isn’t always the case.
Because credit cards are normally age-restricted, paid dating services are fairly effective at keeping out underage users – but lots of dating sites and apps are free and don’t have such robust checks. Tinder was one of them until recently, with 7% of its users aged between 13 and 17 (outnumbering 35 to 44-year-olds.
Tinder is officially 18+ now, but as most parents are well aware, age limits aren't foolproof. Users sign up with Facebook and are matched based on location, mutual friends and shared interests.If you discover your child has a Tinder profile, what should you know – and what can you do? One of its most distinctive features is the way you show interest in other users – swiping right on their profile.It has a reputation as a ‘hook up’ app, but many users will tell you this is undeserved.Tinder’s minimum age was 13 until June 2016, when they announced plans to make the service 18+.The previous age limit was heavily criticised, with some arguing it could put teens at risk and expose them to inappropriate contact.The app's VP of Communications has since called raising the age limit 'the right thing to do.' Tinder still relies on users’ Facebook information for age verification, so under-18s who have an incorrect age listed on Facebook may still be able to sign up. If your child is using Tinder and you’re not happy about it, the best thing for you to do is to speak to them about it directly.