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02-Jul-2017 13:21

(Also known as the "Rule of 7")The Standard Creepiness Rule is an equation that determines the youngest possible age of a potential date that is deemed to be socially acceptable and not creepy.

It was mentioned in comic 314 of the web-comic XKCD.

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)?

It is likely that many people who list this in their profiles have never, in fact, taken a walk on a beach or may not live near enough to a beach for it to be a viable suggestion for a date.

In this comic, Randall lists "long walks on the beach" as an interest on a dating profile.

Please keep in mind that I'm not putting forward a point of view or attacking anyone's elses.

I'm just asking if creepiness is irrelevant to the age, as long as it's past the age of consent.

Also remember that the rule is not set in stone and that it is superseded by legal restrictions and the presence of a consensual agreement. But we'll be out there barely an hour before they start in with "I'm tired" and "Don't you think it's time we head back? Megan is upset because she is apparently older than 26, and among people who marry, half do so below 26.By showing that there are whole swathes of people who she couldn't marry in the first place without being in a creepy relationship, and that as her age increases, the range of non-creepy partners increases, combined with Census Bureau data, Cueball shows that her eligible dating pool is in fact still increasing.



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