I once thought I'd fallen in love with an adorable British Israeli lawyer who started chatting with me while we waited at a crosswalk in Manhattan.
An interesting aside for film fans: When the actors were under thirty-five, Harrison Ford enjoyed the greatest average age gap between himself and his leading ladies.
An article in i100 last week reported an analysis of the differences between the ages of twenty high earning male actors and those of the women playing their love interests in over four hundred films.
The analysis showed that the men were at least ten years older than their female love interests in over one third of the films, whereas it was very rare for the actresses to be older than their male co-stars.
With some quick math, the rule provides a minimum and maximum partner age based on your actual age that, if you choose to follow it, you can use to guide your dating decisions.
The utility of this equation is that it lets you chart acceptable age discrepancies that adjust over the years. Let's examine it: How well does the rule reflect scientific evidence for age preferences?
When the actors were over thirty-five, it was Denzel Washington.