What is the best ways to answer this question, honestly. I have a group of single, male friends between the ages of 21 and 54 and we all come across this dilemna. Is this really a polite question for someone you just met to ask you? We feel age is not that much of a big deal in dating but this filtering question can potentially kill a lot of romantic potential. Again, honesty is always best, I am not going to lie.