Have you ever heard of the love rule that men should choose a woman who is half their age – plus seven years?
This rule sounds like Leonardo DiCaprio himself set it up. For a perfect relationship, it is said, the woman should be half the age of the man – plus seven years. This rule is also called the “Gentleman Rule” in the USA and has existed since 1901. That was when Max O’Rell’s successful book “Her Royal Highness, Woman: And His Majesty Cupid” was published, in which the age difference was first mentioned.
Max O’Rell wrote, “A man should marry a woman who is half his age plus seven. You can try this at any age and you will find it works wonderfully.”
And indeed, 120 years later, this rule seems to persist: George and Amal Clooney, Donald and Melania Trump, Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy – the women are each half the age of their men – plus seven years.
What is the gentleman rule good for?
So is there really something behind the “Gentleman Rule”? No, says relationship expert Susan Winter in an interview with the “Independent”. “Well-matched souls can be found – regardless of their age difference.” Her colleague Rachel Russo adds: “It is more important what phase of life both are in and whether one pursues the same values than making the decision for a relationship dependent on age.” In addition, the expert adds, this rule works better for men than for women: “The chance that a 30-year-old will date a 22-year-old is higher than the chance of a relationship between a 30-year-old woman and a 22-year-old. year-old man, who would probably lag far behind the woman in terms of maturity and the ability to form relationships.
Incidentally, Max O’Rell wrote in another chapter in his book: “Never marry a woman who is richer, taller, or older than you.”