Okay fellow forum denizens, a serious question here - how young is too young to date before the relationship is viewed by most others in a public setting as being indecent, creepy or violating standing social mores?
I am 34 and I have never been married. I live in a college town, so a lot of the single prospects here are college students. We seem to have a shortage of unmarried, single, working professionals in the 24-40 age bracket. Does the old "1/2 your age + 7 years" rule of thumb still apply these days?
Under ordinary circumstances, one wouldn't consider someone so young, due to maturity factors, but let's say you met someone who was mature and had their act together, but this person was still in college (undergraduate), yet otherwise you could consider that person a good dating match. At what age does the "creepy" factor set in? I wouldn't normally give two hoots less about what other people thought, but since I teach high school, this is the type of personal decision that could cost you your career if enough people were legitimately concerned about the "creepiness factor," where it might not be any issue whatsoever with most other working professionals, because at the end of the day both are consenting adults and your career may not be as closely tied to your public image.