Love can be fickle, and we don’t always fall for the right people.Sometimes a significant age gap makes a relationship impossible.Men aren’t the only ones who date younger people, though, and the archetype of the “cougar”—an older woman dating a younger man—is rapidly becoming a part of the public consciousness.Same-sex couples sometimes feature a significant age gap as well.If you have a history of dating people who are significantly younger than you, maybe you like feeling like your partner admires your experience, or perhaps you’re just not physically attracted to other people your age.A significant age difference doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything wrong, but a long-standing pattern is always worth examining.
It can be tough when you and your older partner can’t share childhood commonalities (dude’s never read a book!?
Love knows no age, but if you date only people who are members of a different generation, it might reveal something about your approach to relationships.
While people who date only people much younger or older than them owe no one an explanation, it may be helpful to consider underlying reasoning.
That means there’s a strategic advantage for women to snag an older gent—he’s had more time to accumulate resources and stability than his younger counterparts, which could make him a more viable partner and father.
Now, I’m not saying these are conscious reasons why dating a man quite a bit older—there have been several moments when I’ve thought that going out with someone closer to my age would be much simpler.
Although age differences can create some challenges in your relationship, focusing too much on age can backfire.