This seems arbitrary, but if you crunch your age into that equation, I’m willing to bet that you wouldn’t even consider dating someone under that age. ) If we plot the Standard Creepiness Rule out for men: (Note that you can easily just change the axis labels in the above chart and it works just as well for women.) It just so happens that Christian Rudder released his book Dataclysm last week, which features a chart showing us the age range that men search on Ok Cupid for when looking for women to date.
One of my first thoughts when I saw this chart was: Do men on Ok Cupid follow the Standard Creepiness Rule?
(And now we see why the last panel of the XKCD comic above applies so well to me…) Sure enough, if we overlay Rudder’s Ok Cupid data over the first chart, we see that men follow the rule almost exactly.
There are a few spots in the mid-30’s where men seem willing to dip ever so slightly past the safe zone of non-creepiness, but that trend quickly ends by their 40’s.
For convenience, the line representing x=y is also shown (in blue).
The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
Another interesting trend is how men aren’t even close to reaching the upper bound of the zone of non-creepiness.