Rule of 7 dating
Putting an equation as a guideline for creepiness and then primarily be concerned with that the equation is flawed *in a strict, mathematical sense( , not that there are other - harder to measure - variables out there.I don't think that it's universally right to assume that a 16 or 17 year old isn't old enough to date.This might go some way to explaining your reluctance. After you're past the age of about 25 or 30, honestly I think you know better than some formula what is or is not a good idea. No one's getting into anything they should be unfamiliar with.It makes sense for society to frown on a 36 year old dating an 18 year old, because the 18 year old will likely not have had enough life experience yet to know whether or not they're being taken advantage of, etc, etc. And man, if someone is really attractive enough, mentally and physically (I'm guessing emotionally they're likely doing pretty well) at 72 to end up in a relationship with a 36 year old, I'm kind of thinking, "hey, good for them," more so than "oh, that poor 36 year old."So here's the thing.People who've reached 110 can pretty much do whatever the fuck they want, provided they aren't breaking any laws outside of drug ones. As in, determining if the older party is acting in a potentially predatory manor based on the naivety of the younger.If someone 110 wants to continue doing coke every day, I'm not going to stop it. So the fact that the range gets pretty large starting somewhere around is based on people past their mid-30s having enough life under their belt to make good decisions for themselves.
I see why there's a need for some sort of (legislative/social/whatever) barrier, and I see no better way to address the problem; but the point is that it doesn't work for everyone! Compared to /b/ you are almost flawless This is what is wrong with this fora.
Obviously it is a gross generalisation, but still, it's a pretty good one. Unlike /b/, who rejoice in being seen as a single homogeneous entity, I think the denizens of xkcd like to be seen as a collection of unique individuals. My point is that what I gather from this thread Moo's reasoning is far from universal; IE people are not looking at the problem firsthand and the mathematical implications secondly but ONLY on the mathematical implications.
I believe people aren't "looking at the problem" here because this thread is about the "you can't date if they aren't *formula*" joke rather than a serious discussion on the dynamics of relationships where partners range in age.
I'd guess the social norms that look down upon relationships with a large age gap?
Jos: this is a thread discussing an equation developed by Randall Munroe in one of his comics (or at least referenced, if he didn't make it himself), and is relevant to xkcd; where else would this discussion be?