More details followed the first shocking ripple, including the fact that he thought they were “in love,” and couldn’t find any fault in their relationship. But on the other hand, one of my closest friend’s parents are 10 years apart, and their relationship is healthy and desirable. For example: a 40 year old guy shouldn’t date anyone younger than 27, while the youngest a 20 year old should go is 17.Obviously a mathematical formula has limited abilities to define life, however it does help to further illuminate some of the more interesting qualities of the age question.Suddenly four years pass in a second, and the people that live through them emerge relatively unchanged.When you are growing up every year means thousands of new experiences and new knowledge, which is why you change so much every year.That’s why a part of many mid life crisis is a relationship with a much younger woman.The other interesting part of this formula, mentioned above, is this idea that as you mature there is a wider range of men/women available to you, with in the regions of what is socially acceptable.
While there is little empirical data on why this is the way it is, I believe this circles back to maturity as well.
The key thing to take away from this is that age is a difficult question in relationships, and that it is an individual one.
Everyone matures at different rates, and is looking for something different in a potential partner.
If the difference is illegal, reevaluate before you hurt yourselff and your partner.
If the difference is just a cause for social mockery, make sure you are happy before deciding to bend to any form of peer pressure.