The world needs practical people, that's good in it's way, but, I do sometimes daydream and wish I could create good art that moved people.
(yeah, lots of practice, making lots of bad art, hundreds and thousands of hours etc.)
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I was never really happy with the rule that you should date someone at least as old as (((your age) / 2) + 7) /* pictured here in green, also the upper bound (((your age) - 7) * 2) */. I didn't like that it collapsed at 14 (and I was aware of both dating and math at that age, so this was a problem). So I worked out something with logarithms, observing that relative ages weren't such a big deal as you got older and logarithms would achieve that kind of scaling. So, I worked out that a possibly reasonable dating age range was 2^(log2(your age) ± 0.5) /* pictured here in blue */. The lower bound on that works out to x/sqrt(2) and the upper bound simplifies to x*sqrt(2), and of course other slopes could be chosen.
After staring at this graph a while, I've become more a fan of the traditional method and the offset. Having tighter limits in the sensitive years from 14 to 24 might actually be a good idea, and expanding wider later is fine too.
(Thinking about this too much prompted by random discussion of this rule of thumb Saturday night.)