In fact, our psychological and physical development slows, meaning the mental gap between age groups narrows.
Think back to your own experiences with your brothers and sisters.
As a result, I've always paid special attention to couples who have a larger age gap, to see how they're making it work.
Three couples from different stages of life talk about their experiences. We don't go out socially together unless we have to go out for a work do, or go out for dinner.
Although comedians joke about these relationships, a significant age difference doesn’t make a relationship any less real or meaningful, though it may create some challenges that don’t exist when romantic partners are close in age.
Navigating the social ramifications of your relationship while struggling with generation gaps can be tough, but a significant age difference can give you the chance to consider new perspectives and appreciate the offerings of a different generation.
It’s often “different strokes for different folks,” as the old saying goes.
The lyrics to an old TV sitcom—“Diff’rent Strokes” —often reminded me as I was growing up: “What might be right for you may not be right for some.”Many single men (LDS men included) supposedly go by this rule of thumb: “You can date someone who is half your age, plus seven.” As we get older, this allows for more flexibility in age gaps.
Even if you’re legally in the clear, a large age difference can undermine the long-term viability of your relationship.It's never created any issues in how we relate to each other, but it has its practical disadvantages.When we met, I was happily living with half a dozen other people in a crumbling flat, while Jason liked things a bit more organised (read: clean).Men aren’t the only ones who date younger people, though, and the archetype of the “cougar”—an older woman dating a younger man—is rapidly becoming a part of the public consciousness.Same-sex couples sometimes feature a significant age gap as well.Ten years isn't a scandalous age gap but it's enough to make people around you raise their eyebrows.