Relationship advice. Does age matter in a relationship? So given all this, do traditional notions of appropriate age gaps in relationships still matter? What is traditionally deemed acceptable changes with age, especially as people grow older. According to some, you can determine your appropriate dating age range by only dating someone who is within a fifth of your own age. If having a family is something you want from a relationship then obviously age differences become a bigger consideration.
Updated April 20, Romantic couples with a large age gap often raise eyebrows. Studies have found partners with more than a year gap in age experience social disapproval. But when it comes to our own relationships, both men and women prefer someone their own age, but are open to someone years their junior or senior. While there is variation across cultures in the size of the difference in age-gap couples, all cultures demonstrate the age-gap couple phenomenon. In some non-Western countries, the average age gap is much larger than in Western countries. For example, in some African countries about 30 per cent of unions reflect a large age gap.
Despite an age gap of more than a decade, Colleen Smith and her husband Damian cite many factors that make their marriage work, including her role as the oldest child in her family and their common interests. But it was his dad potential that really won her over. The age difference has been good for us because I have a daughter from a previous relationship and Damian was more mature and able to navigate the delicacy of becoming a stepfather," she says. While she waits for people to pick their jaws up off the floor, she explains the benefits of marrying someone old enough to be her dad.
Are you too old for her? Is she too old for you? In this day and age, more and more people are choosing to eschew convention and date people who are significantly older or younger than them.