According to a new study, large age discrepancies might be problematic in any relationship. According to the findings, the larger the age gap, the more likely it would all end in tears. The study found that relationships with an age difference of 15 or more are most likely to break up.
There are several factors that go into whether an older person and a younger person will succeed in their relationship. First of all, there must be a mutual interest in each other's lives. If you're too busy watching TV or checking your email, then you aren't giving your relationship the attention it needs. Also, make sure that you don't expect the young person to fulfill the role of the old person. It's not fair to them or acceptable society-wise. Finally, avoid relationships where one person is clearly dominating the other.
If you are an older person looking for a relationship, try not to focus on how much younger someone else is. Instead, look at what you have in common with this person and see where the conversation goes from there.
A well publicized 2014 Emory University research of 3,000 recently married and divorced adults found that age gaps were associated with divorce; couples with ages within five years of each other were much less likely to divorce than couples with age gaps of, say, ten or twenty years. The study's authors concluded that "age disparities between spouses may be more important for predicting marriage stability than marital longevity."
They based this conclusion on three main findings: first, younger-older marriages were most likely to break up; second, older-older marriages were most likely to last; third, marriages where both partners are about the same age are most likely to end in divorce.
In general, studies have shown that it is not only acceptable but also common for young people to date older men and old men to date young women. Such relationships are often called gerontophilia or lonerships and can lead to trouble if one partner wants to move forward with their life while the other doesn't. If you are part of such a relationship then you should discuss your concerns with your partner so that you can see what type of relationship you are getting into.
Also, consider whether you want to limit yourself to marrying someone within a few years of yourself. While it may be easy enough to find such individuals, they tend to be looking for long-term partnerships and you should be too.
Is age truly simply a number, or is there anything about the age gap that may make or break a relationship? The outcomes are undoubtedly mixed.
There are several places where a wide age gap is considered normal. However, data reveals that just 8% of married couples in Western culture have an age difference of 10 years or more, so if you're in a May-December relationship, you're in a rather tiny club.
The bright side is that studies show that when couples work through age difference concerns, they might have higher marital satisfaction than similar-aged couples. You may reduce tension while improving your link by realizing when your problems are the product of an age gap rather than a broken love connection.
The older partner can be more mature, responsible, and supportive. They've seen most things there is to see and done many things that come with aging well. Being in a relationship where there's an age difference helps keep each person interested in the other. It also prevents one partner from becoming too dependent or submissive.
Older people can feel threatened by younger partners who seem to think that being young means being able to get away with things. But if the younger partner respects the older one enough to seek their advice and help them deal with issues arising from the age difference, then it's not really a problem. And even if it is, it doesn't have to be! There are many healthy relationships where people of different ages meet needs on both sides of the equation.
Marriage becomes more difficult as people get older because physical changes and health issues tend to arise. An age gap doesn't have to be a reason for divorce but it can become one if the issue isn't dealt with. For example, an 80 year old man may find it hard to get married when a 20 something woman wants to have children right away.