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The 'half my age plus seven' rule has been around since 1901, but is there any truth to it?

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People balk at Leonardo DiCaprio (43) for his taste in younger women (a recent one was 20-years-old). Other male actors have drawn attention for their much younger wives, George Clooney being one of them.

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But how young is too young?

As the old saying goes, take your age, divide it by half, and then add seven — that's how young. But should we still be following that rule?

Relationship expert Susan Winter told The Independentthat there's no way to put an exact number on love.

“I find it amusing that there’s an equation for the ‘optimal’ age gap in love," she said. "While formulas seem as though they have some kind of scientific credence, the truth is that two resonant souls will find each other (regardless of their ages).”

However, if we flip it around, would a woman dating a much younger man seem right? Take former lovers Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, for instance. 

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Relationship expert Rachel Russo pointed out to The Independent that it's generally more accepted for men to date younger woman than the other way around. It's also probably a questionable call by the woman, especially if the guy is under 25.

“Chances are a 30-year-old man dating a 22-year-old woman would be a much better match than a 30-year-old woman and a 22-year-old guy, as men typically lag behind women in maturity and relationship ready-ness," said Russo.

Related: Things To Consider Before Dating A Younger Women

Personally, I don't think the age gaps are such a big of a deal later on in life. Harrison Ford marrying Calista Flockhart who was 45 when he's 67 isn't as big of a deal as a 33-year-old dating a 20-year-old. 

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The game changer is when we're talking about the twenties and late teens. Not just because it might be creepy (always keep it above 18 if you're above), but also because relationships of a big gap at that age don't tend to work out too well. Here's what another dating pro, Rachel DeAlto, told The Independent:

“It is still a decent rule of thumb to set a boundary of a minimum age. While age is truly just a number, successful significant relationships are based on mutual understanding and connection.”

Don't let a stupid rule guide you (unless it's the legal one for consent laws). If you really click, go for it. Just be cautious; dating younger women isn't all just cocktails and Coachella, you know?

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Why has this saying persisted for so many years?

Drop This Fact

Men who date younger women live longer, according to a recent study.

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