In other words, does the creepiness rule actually reflect what society finds…creepy? Articles and blog posts alternate between claiming age absolutely matters in a relationship and age absolutely doesn’t matter in a relationship.One thing is clear — nothing brings out more opinions than other people’s love lives.In the survey, the acceptable minimum age of John’s partners were consistently lower than that of Lauren’s.The difference is small (~6 months) when John/Lauren are young, but increases as John/Lauren get older.By the time they’re 60, John is “allowed” to be with someone three years younger than the youngest Lauren can be with.According to the survey, a 20 year-old John can date someone who is 30.
Although I could have hit the streets of New York and surveyed people in-person Buunk style, I decided to m Turk my survey.
Based on the creepiness rule, a 20-year old John/Lauren can date someone who is 17.
This was in line with what people surveyed found acceptable (~18).
Yet according to the survey, 37 was well outside the age range of what is socially acceptable.
The results also showed that the creepiness rule is too restrictive about how old you can date when you are young, but becomes too lenient as you get older.