The full analysis is of course much more complicated, but I can't stay to talk about it because I have a date. Explanation[ edit ] Megan is upset because she is apparently older than 26, and among people who marry, half do so below The intuitive conclusion is that the number of potential partners is decreasing as time goes on. The Half Plus Seven Rule is an unwritten rule that asserts that it is creepy to date anyone who is younger than half your age plus 7 years.
As the graph shows, there is a lower limit and an upper limit. The lower limit defines the minimum age of your partner in order that you are not considered creepy. The upper limit defines the maximum age of your partner in order that they are not considered creepy. As age increases, the age range of potential non-creepy partners widens.
At 26, the range of non-creepy partners is 18 years to year-olds. At 50, it is 54 years 32 to 86 years old. At age 14, you can only date people your own age. The same also works with infinity, but even Methuselah died once.
While the application of this rule actually reduces the number of potential matches further, Cueball presents it in a positive way. 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. Megan notes that graph-making nerds like Cueball may have a hard time finding dates, but this is refuted by the title text.
Transcript[ edit ] [Megan is sitting on the ground with her elbows on her knees and her hands on her chin. The median first marriage age is The pools of singles is shrinking. I'm running out of time. Yes, older singles are rarer. But as you get older, the dateable age range gets wider. An year-old's range is , whereas a year-old's might be more like I did some analysis of this with the Census Bureau numbers just last weekend.
Your dating pool actually grows until middle age. So don't fret so much! The second graph is labelled Dating Pool, and is a bell curve. Did your analysis say anything about the dating prospects of people who spend weekends at home making graphs? Somewhere at the edge of the bell curve is the girl for me.