## improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

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### improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

while the age/2+7 rule works well above the age of 20 it becomes nonsensical bellow 14 so how do we solve this ? the ultimate function of creepynes should approach x=y for small values of x(age) and approach x/2+7=y for higher values of x. what function do you think fits best ?

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Well it's creepiness, not whether you're allowed to date that person. So maybe we should just agree that it's creepy when people under 14 date. After all, that *is* what the numbers tell us!
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Why should people under 14 be dating?

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Mike_Bson wrote:Why should people under 14 be dating?

i dont know. but people under 14 do date, its not common but it happens and its not necesarily creepie (at least i dont think so) therefore the rule dosen't seem to describe reality.

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

When they do date, it seems way more innocent than creepy.
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

But it has to be creepy. The rule says so!
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

The rule doesn't fit observation the rule has to be changed !

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

"Half plus seven" is an unimpeachable physical reality. And, lo, I do find that the sorts of behavior that are icky if done between a 40 year-old man and a 24 year-old woman are icky if they're done by people under 14.

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Perhaps a more relevent question is whether or not what middle schoolers do actually counts as dating. I think that on very rare occcasions it does, but is that not creepy anyway?

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Also how does one deal with rounding?
Consider a 23 year and an 18 year old dating: creepy if we're taking the ceiling, not creepy if we're taking the floor, and depends on birthdays if we allow fractional ages.
Using the ceiling seems reasonable but imagine they'd actually started dating when the 23 year old was 22 and the 18 year old was still 18. Then we have a relationship that starts not-creepy, goes to creepy, and eventually goes back to not creepy!
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Continuous variables. If when they started dating, the older person was say, 22.8 years old, whereas the younger was 18.3, then that's creepy (but will soon become not creepy). However, if the first were only 22.4, then they are fine (and will always stay fine).

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

brötchen wrote:The rule doesn't fit observation the rule has to be changed !

It doesn't have to fit exactly how it is ,now, just how it should be. It's creepy for 20 year olds to date 50 year olds, too, but it still happens.

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Okay, well we need to decide a few things. First off, two people of the same age dating is not creepy, correct? Let's say a 28 year old dating a 14 year old is a creepiness level of 1. What two ages are twice that? What two ages are half that?
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Eastwinn wrote:Okay, well we need to decide a few things. First off, two people of the same age dating is not creepy, correct?

Just as long as they are 14+.

Let's say a 28 year old dating a 14 year old is a creepiness level of 1. What two ages are twice that? What two ages are half that?

Well, unless you give us an objective formula, I'll just have to guess. Minimum for 28 is 21, so if 14 is a level of 1, then I'd day that 0.5 would be 17.5. For a level of two, I'd say 0 years old. Makes sense:
17.5: 0.5
14: 1
0: 2

As the age gets closer to 21, the creepiness level starts slowing down until it finally reaches 21, where it would be 0.

But I'm just pulling this out of my ass, because you didn't give an objective measure for why 28 and 14 would be a level of 1.

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Last year (8th grade) and the year before that, I knew plenty of kids who dated. It's by no means uncommon.
And I, for that matter, find it creepy as well.
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

squareroot wrote:Last year (8th grade) and the year before that, I knew plenty of kids who dated. It's by no means uncommon.
And I, for that matter, find it creepy as well.

In my experience this depends very much on you definition of "date" (and "plenty"): How long do they have to be together? What base do they have to get to? And so forth.

Also, on the subject of a rating scale: the distribution for the scale should be nonlinear and based on the ages of each member of the couple, not just the ratio of the ages. For example, a 30 year-old dating a 20 year-old is less than half as creepy as a 60 year-old dating a 40 year-old.

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

But then, the closer I get to age 80, the more I look forward to having a 20-something around to wear low-cut tops while she opens the pickle jars. The young nurse/old man thing has to be factored in to the equation somewhere too.
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Velifer wrote:But then, the closer I get to age 80, the more I look forward to having a 20-something around to wear low-cut tops while she opens the pickle jars. The young nurse/old man thing has to be factored in to the equation somewhere too.

How should it be factored in? I mean it's still pretty creepy for an 80 year old guy to be creeping on a 20 year old.
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Guys, are you even serious?

First of all, the rule was never meant to be applied to 14 years old. Oops. The rule doesn't need to be fixed in that area because 14 years old is out of its domain.

Secondly: SERIOUSLY? The rule is bigoted and retarded, and only for people who feel the need to be judgmental. I would think people on XKCD of all places would be able to get that. What two consenting adults do is their own business and none of yours. The fact that you can conclude an entirely consenting relationship is "creepy" based solely on two numbers says far more about your own biases than anything else.

To re-cap:
-Conclusion literally based on just two numbers
-Consenting adults
-None of your business

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

thc wrote:said stuff

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

thc wrote:Guys, are you even serious?
No. What the hell ever gave you that idea?

The rule is bigoted and retarded
Ironically, so is your use of that slur.

and only for people who feel the need to be judgmental.
Such as yourself?
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Me thinks this rule must be made piecewise.
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Let's give thc his due, it's clear that creepiness is also dependent on the butthurt quotient of the observer. This is going to require some regression analysis. I'd thought of a probit model, but it's clear observing the extreme values that a logit function is more appropriate. This opens up the opportunity to use polytomous Rasch modelling.
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

I recently had a chance to apply this rule on Facebook. One of my old Army buddies was distressed because she "might be a Cougar."
I applied Age/2+7 and kindly informed her she wasn't.

For some reason, none of her other FB friends had previously heard of the "rule" and were amazed at how well it worked.
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Ironically, so is your use of that slur.

Yeah, you're right. My bad.

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thc wrote:Guys, are you even serious?
No. What the hell ever gave you that idea?

"How should it be factored in? I mean it's still pretty creepy for an 80 year old guy to be creeping on a 20 year old.'"

"It's creepy for 20 year olds to date 50 year olds, too, but it still happens."

So yeah, just because you, personally, are not serious, gmalivuk, doesn't mean other people aren't. But I guess, it's easy to be critical of others words when you're being witty all the time, right? Let's face it: if this were about any other kind demographic (homosexuality, race, gender) people would be up in arms! But this is about age discrimination, so no one cares or makes a deal about it, and therefore, it must be okay to joke about! Chillax!

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

If this were actually about age discrimination, you *might* have a teeny bit of a point.

But it isn't.

It's about a stupid "rule" of creepiness. And it was posted in the math forum, not the LSR forum. And when someone posts a silly topic, we are silly in response, not serious.

(And if it's about age discrimination, is it also age discrimination to say a 20-year-old shouldn't be allowed to have sex with a 10-year-old?)
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

I wouldn't've minded when I was 10.

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michaelyw wrote:I recently had a chance to apply this rule on Facebook. One of my old Army buddies was distressed because she "might be a Cougar."
I applied Age/2+7 and kindly informed her she wasn't.

For some reason, none of her other FB friends had previously heard of the "rule" and were amazed at well it worked.

The rule is specifically for older men dating younger women. I myself don't mind cross-generational dating, but I think that if the broader society were to make a rule about when Cougarism was creepy it would be significantly more stringent than half plus seven.

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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

gmalivuk wrote:If this were actually about age discrimination, you *might* have a teeny bit of a point.

But it isn't.

It's about a stupid "rule" of creepiness.

When I asked if/assumed that people were serious, I wasn't referring to the rule, specifically. I was referring to the idea that, (for example) a 20 yo dating a 50 yo is morally repulsive intrinsically due to the difference in age. I think that is a bigoted point of view.

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Syrin wrote:I wouldn't've minded when I was 10.
Yeah...

The fact that you're totes cool with statutory rape isn't a valid form of argument...

thc wrote:I was referring to the idea that, (for example) a 20 yo dating a 50 yo is morally repulsive intrinsically due to the difference in age. I think that is a bigoted point of view.
Again, if anyone had actually said that, you *might* have a point. But "creepy" is not the same as "morally repulsive". Spiders (for many people) are creepy, but not morally repulsive. Genocide is morally repulsive, but I doubt anyone would call it "creepy".
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gmalivuk wrote:
Syrin wrote:I wouldn't've minded when I was 10.
Yeah...

The fact that you're totes cool with statutory rape isn't a valid form of argument...

Oh, right, I forgot that this turned into srs mode thread. :/

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I'm afraid joking about the rape of a minor is on a slightly different level than joking about a silly rule for evaluating adult relationships...
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Fill me in on your definition of "creepy." To me, it seems like when you apply the word to human behavior (as opposed to spiders), there is a strong judgmental overtone to it. E.g., "that guy is so creepy! He looks like a rapist!" Or, "that guy sends shivers down my spine! I bet he molests children! Creepy!" Perhaps I have the wrong connotations with the word.

Also, someone please explain to me: how is it that a 20 yo getting it on with a 50 yo is more creepy than a 50 yo with a 50 yo (or a 20 yo with a 20 yo)? It seems to me that the only reason one could think that is due to having some sort of emotional/moral response to it. But why would one have such a response? What good reason is there for it, besides just unfairly stereotyping?

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Evolution perhaps? Young people are meant to mate with people in a similar age range, to maximize chances of both being fertile and capable parents. Of course, when those traits evolved, not many people lived past thirty. So today, we have a mixture of those who are attracted to the young, and those who are attracted to those the same age. So, when discussing a 20yo with a 50yo, if we're young we'll probably find that creepy because of an instinct to not view older people in a sexual way. And if we're older, there's a good chance the person discussing will be of the sort that they are more attracted to others in a similar age range, which again makes it feel "wrong". Or, if we are older, we might view the 20yo as an innocent, and feel protective of them. Protect them from the other people, and 50yo might hurt them, thus we have an urge to (mentally) avoid a 20yo and a 50yo together.
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thc wrote:Fill me in on your definition of "creepy." To me, it seems like when you apply the word to human behavior (as opposed to spiders), there is a strong judgmental overtone to it. E.g., "that guy is so creepy! He looks like a rapist!" Or, "that guy sends shivers down my spine! I bet he molests children! Creepy!" Perhaps I have the wrong connotations with the word.

I also find clowns creepy, but I do not judge clowns. I would call anything "creepy" if it was something nonserious that I still wouldn't want to be involved in or to see, especially if it conflicted with my idea of how the world (Western society) works. Large age gaps in relationships are uncommon, and therefore not a part of the usual cultural experience. Also, it seems to me that there is often suspicion that one party in such a relationship was coerced (this situation seeming more common in large-age-gap relationships), although this may not be the case as much as it once was.

Finally: I am not (conciously) racist, sexist, agist, homophobic, anti-semitic, etc. However, I still respect the right of individuals to maintain their own conflicting views in private as long as they do not actively discriminate against a particular group in their public life (work, school, etc.). If you are offended by the topic of this thread (intended to be a humorous attempt to mathematically describe something that cannot fit such a definition), perhaps you should READ SOMETHING ELSE.

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nash1429 wrote:perhaps you should READ SOMETHING ELSE.

Exclusionist!

And I don't see what's wrong with attempting to create a metric on the level of moral affront of the populace on a given range of activities. We do this all the fucking time. The MPAA rates movies, TV shows get rated, Gmal decides fine lines between ok humor and line-crossing humor, and the courts make these determinations about all manner of speech. There are even very good studies on moral outrage and disgust and how they relate to socieconomic class and other dimensions.

In short, this is a serious mathematical issue that we, as mathematicians, must undertake to properly quantify and inform public policy and contribute to the continued welfare and progress of mankind!

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squareroot wrote:Evolution perhaps?
You can bring evolution to bear like that on mores or practices when they are universal or close to universal across all cultures. This one isn't, so you really can't.
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### Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

thc wrote:Fill me in on your definition of "creepy." To me, it seems like when you apply the word to human behavior (as opposed to spiders), there is a strong judgmental overtone to it. E.g., "that guy is so creepy! He looks like a rapist!" Or, "that guy sends shivers down my spine! I bet he molests children! Creepy!" Perhaps I have the wrong connotations with the word.

I do not think that very many people share your definition of creepy.

Ignoring sticks in certain private parts, over a rule that is mostly a joke.

Keeping in tradition with mathematicians all over the world, I find that it is far better to simply define us the way out of the problem, rather than solving it, so I propose the following being added to the rule:

Dating = A type of interaction between humans above the legal age of consent in their local area*.

Taadaaa, problem gone!

*Also in tradition with mathematics, this still leaves problems. Namely international waters, but since trying to date each other in international waters is relatively rare, this can safely be ignored.
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Ulc wrote:Also in tradition with mathematics, this still leaves problems. Namely international waters, but since trying to date each other in international waters is relatively rare, this can safely be ignored.

I suggest it's asymptotic, as a floating NAMBLA conference is a singularity of creepy.
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