But since you both are concerned about potential pitfalls, quantify those, too.

Basically it says the age of the younger person in the relation should not be less than half the age of the older person plus seven years.

So for example if you are 28 years the least you can go to date a person who is 14 7= 21 or older.

Keep in mind that no one person can meet all of your needs.

With different interests, it's usually about willingness to compromise.

A common rule of thumb, at least on the internet, is that it’s okay to be interested in someone “half your age plus seven” years.

According to this rule, it would not be creepy for a 30 year old to date a 22 year-old, but an 18 year-old would be off-limits.

I like that he's been around and isn't scattered like guys my age.

We love each other, and I wouldn't trade it for anything." Those answers worked for Alex and Ian in their relationships.

I'm not sure if the half 7 rule is appropriate for a marriage.

I've usually heard it in the context of dating and intimate relationships.

If you're in a relationship for the long haul, remember that financial situations change, too, depending on career ambitions and choices. Write down your shared and non-shared interests and prioritize the most important ones. For example, if you like the nightlife and he likes the sofa, can you work out a reasonable compromise?