Unsurprisingly, the rule worked better for men: Di Donato found that men in their 30s, 40s, and 50s reported ages similar to those produced from the formula.
According to court documents , Kuntz, who says he first linked up with Geffen when he was just 18, has been accused of stalking, harassing and threatening the billionaire. Humphrey Bogart, Woody Allen, Michael Douglas, even Charlie Chaplin all married women decades younger than themselves.
He now faces felony and misdemeanor charges for violating the terms of a restraining order. Most recently, 54-year-old Antonio Banderas went public with his first relationship since he split from longtime wife Melanie Griffith last year: His new love, Nicole Kempel, is 20 years younger than him.
But men are no longer the only ones drinking from the fountain of youth.
According to this maxim, Geffen is indeed out of line: Even at 69, when he first met Kuntz, his partner’s minimum acceptable age, according to the formula, is past 40.
Antonio Banderas, on the other hand, gets the green light: According to the formula, the minimum age for his partner is 34, exactly 20 years younger than himself.
Of course, you’ve probably noticed there’s a double standard when it comes to dating younger.’s Theresa Di Donato, Ph.D,compared the results from a dating survey in which men and women were asked their preferred age for romantic involvement with the numbers calculated from the “half your age plus seven” formula.Celebrities like Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Sharon Stone have all recently drawn scorn, ridicule—and some kudos—for stepping out with men in their twenties.Some of these unions are accepted, others (think: Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchinson) not so much.So when it comes to age differences among couples, just what exactly is okay?When discussing this topic, most people will refer to the “half your age plus seven” rule: the formula—divide your age in half and then add seven years—is thought to calculate the acceptable age for a person’s partner.