This makes sense of course because you want to ensure compatibility for the long-term success of your relationship and marriage , but researchers were surprised to find the less serious a relationship was, the younger partner someone might take. December 15, Image credit: But when you are 30, and they are 24, your new age range is 22, and they are well above that range. To read the chart, go to the position along the x-axis which corresponds to your age, and the green range between the black and red lines directly above that position corresponds to the range of your partner's ages which is deemed acceptable by the rule. Similarly, in his autobiography, George Arnold Escher , father of famous artist M. Summary[ edit ] DescriptionHalf-age-plus-seven-relationship-rule. Men tend to stick to their own age as the maximum limit age they are willing to date, and surprisingly, tended to prefer partners that were only a few years younger.