When it comes to the ideal age gap in relationships, everybody seems to have an opinion. What exactly should be the ideal age difference between you and your partner, you may ask?
The bible’s only stance on this is to avoid marrying someone younger for lustful reasons, and someone older because of money.
The bigger the difference in age, the greater the chances of the relationship not working out, according to a recent study by the Emory University in Atlanta.
The study had a total of 3000 participants, and it was discovered that the likelihood of couples breaking up increased with the number of the age gap between them.
Couples with a one year age gap had less chances of breaking up, unlike those with five year age difference between them who had 18% chance of going their separate ways, and a whopping 39% chance for those with a ten year age gap.
The older we get, the more we realize that age is but a number. But experts seem to have different opinion about this.
The study also showed that partners with about twenty years gap had the highest chance of going their separate ways – 95%!
But there are those who feel marrying older men or women bring more respect and security to them. Some are married to or dating men who are even old enough to be their grand fathers. Like Jimmy Page, 72, who is dating the young actress, Scarlett Sebat, 25, and many more like him.
One of the researchers, Hugo Mialon said: “It could just be that the types of couples with those characteristics are the types of couples who are, on average, more likely to divorce for other reasons.”
I don’t think this is totally through. There are so many couples with a huge age difference who have had long successful marriages.