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.Have you found this rule to be true for you and your partner?Share your thoughts below and shop this book to learn more about what makes certain relationships work.According to a study from Emory University, couples with a one-year age difference between them have just a 3% chance of divorcing.Compare that to an 18% chance of divorce for a five-year age gap, 39% for a 10-year age gap, and a whopping 95% for a 20-year age gap.After analyzing 3000 couples, the researchers ultimately found that the larger the age gap between a couple, the more likely they are to get a divorce. Statistics also show that couples who do manage to make it past the two-year mark, no matter what the age gap, are approximately 43% less likely to split up.It's worth bearing in mind that these statistics simply try to identify and analyze relationship patterns—not create them.
My partner and I are 28 years apart, so I’m sure we’re an outlier, but by how much?ear Dave, I need some advice about the guy that I've been dating for a few months now. When our age difference comes up, the stumbling blocks are usually irrational age fears and money. I think his friends are quick to judge me because of my age. However, I am completely committed to creating a relationship with him.Men, in contrast, are hypothesized to be most attracted to women in their reproductive prime, which tends to be when they are younger. Women’s preferences, on the other hand, hold relatively constant across their lives, not going more than a few years below their own age (extra-credit if you can identify the "cougar zone" in this figure), but women remain keen on men up to 10 years older than themselves. However, younger men (i.e., in their 20’s) tend to be married to someone of a similar age, but as they get older their wives get younger.For example, by their 50’s the average male has a wife who is 10 years younger than him.