For example, generally, you try to avoid people with two first names or those who abbreviate the word probably as “probs.” But you never know; that one awful abbreviator could be your soulmate.
So, I'm proposing this "8-year rule" in dating as an absolute.
That really hot girl just out of college may seem alluring, but just trust me and play the odds.
Older men, it seems to me, are like gold dust on the dating scene right now.
The 8-year rule states that you shouldn't date anyone outside of an 8-year age range. I've dated (or tried to date) women who are older, younger and, if you'll believe it, exactly the same age as I am.
I am aware there are possibilities where two people can successfully date with an age gap of more than eight years. (Seriously, she was born on the same day and same year.
I could've saved a ton more money, and essentially, my social life as it is wouldn't be any different.
So to be clear, I'm not dumping on anyone who still lives with their folks.
Listen, if I could do it over again, I may not have moved out of my parents' house as soon as I did.
However, I am saying that if you're 30 and dating someone who lives with their parents… This one is going to make me sound old AF, and I'm OK with that.
It starts with how frequently they text, how surprised they are by phone calls as a mode of communication and how irresponsibly they handle getting back to people in a timely, appropriate fashion.
There are enough hurdles to making a relationship work, however old you are, so why let age add more stress?
If you don’t make it an issue, chances are it won’t be.
If you really like her, just go with the flow and be yourself, regardless of whether “yourself” is a silly, dorky, immature 57-year old or a wise and mature 24.