Dating age difference seven years
Another factor at play may have to do with the stage of life each partner is experiencing.For instance, a ten-year gap between a 20-year-old and a 30-year-old may bring up different challenges and issues than for a ten-year gap where one partner is 53 and the other is 63.But when it comes to our own relationships, both men and women prefer someone their own age, but are open to someone 10-15 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.Across Western countries, about 8% of all married heterosexual couples can be classified as having a large age gap (ten years or more).These generally involve older men partnered with younger women.Romantic couples with a large age gap often raise eyebrows.
For this, socio-cultural explanations might provide insights.
About 25% of male-male unions and 15% of female-female unions demonstrate a large age gap.
But what these trends tell us is that the majority of the population is likely to partner with someone of similar age.
Many of the reasons proposed for age-gap couples have been largely rooted in evolutionary explanations, and focus on explaining older man-younger woman pairings.
From this perspective, it’s thought men’s preferences for younger women and women’s preferences for older men relate to reproductive fitness.