A middle-aged man dating a much younger woman has long been thought of in American culture as a classic sign of midlife crisis.
In some circles, dating a younger woman is a status symbol.
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 an established career but your partner is still living with his or her parents, you could be in for a rocky ride.
Before you begin a relationship with someone much younger or older than you, it’s important to make a careful assessment of your motivations.
No matter how real your feelings are, getting involved with someone under the age of 18 can lead to serious legal trouble.
Age differences can also mean significant differences in lifestyle.
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.
Although comedians joke about these relationships, a significant age difference doesn’t make a relationship any less real or meaningful, though it may create some challenges that don’t exist when romantic partners are close in age.
Navigating the social ramifications of your relationship while struggling with generation gaps can be tough, but a significant age difference can give you the chance to consider new perspectives and appreciate the offerings of a different generation.
Love can be fickle, and we don’t always fall for the right people.
Sometimes a significant age gap makes a relationship impossible.