Across Western countries, about 8 per cent of all married heterosexual couples can be classified as having a large age gap 10 years or more.
These generally involve older men partnered with younger women. About 1 per cent of age-gap couples involve an older woman partnered with a younger man. The limited evidence on same-sex couples, however, suggests the prevalence rates are higher. About 25 per cent of male-male unions and 15 per cent 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. This largely has to do with having social circles that generally include peers of similar ages and being attracted to others who are similar.
Similarity entails many things, including personality, interests and values, life goals and stage of life, and physical traits age being a marker of physical appearance. 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. That is, the extent to which someone has "good genes" — indicated by their attractiveness and sense of energy also known as vitality — and the extent to which they are a "good investment" — indicated by their status and resources as well as their warmth and sense of trust.
What is the acceptable minimum age for your own (and others') dating . but the gap between reports of what is socially acceptable and the rule itself So if you are following the half-your-age-plus-7 rule, know that it may not be perfect or. You may be familiar with the "divide their age by two and add seven" equation for figuring out if the person you're into is too old for you to date.
Although men and women place importance on a partner who is warm and trustworthy, women place more importance on the status and resources of their male partner. This is largely because, with women being the child bearers, the investment is very high on their behalf time and effort in child bearing and rearing.
So they are attuned to looking for a partner who will also invest resources into a relationship and family. In couples with an age gap it's more likely the woman is younger. This is probably because women place more importance on resources and men on fertility.
But because the building of resources takes time, we tend to acquire resources later in life and so are older by the time we have acquired enough wealth and resources to comfortably provide for others. So, women being attuned to status and resources might explain why some women may be attracted to older men. In contrast, there's evidence to suggest men value attractiveness and vitality more than women because, from an evolutionary standpoint, youth is seen as an indicator of fertility.
Given men cannot bear children, evolution suggests they're attuned to younger women to enhance the chances of partnering with someone who can provide children.
But the evolutionary explanation is limited in that it doesn't explain why the reverse occurs an older woman-younger man pairing , or why age gaps exist within same-sex couples. With more women now working in higher positions and being paid more, they no longer have such a reliance on men for resources. So, fewer women will prioritise resources when looking for a mate. As for same-sex couples, there's very little research. Some suggest a lack of , or a reduced pool of, suitable age-similar mates may bring about same-sex coupling with large age differences.
Many people assume age-gap couples fare poorly when it comes to relationship outcomes.
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But some studies find the relationship satisfaction reported by age-gap couples is higher. These couples also seem to report greater trust and commitment and lower jealousy than similar-age couples.
Over three-quarters of couples where younger women are partnered with older men report satisfying romantic relationships. But what about people who are essentially in the same stage of life, only with a few years between them?
Emory researchers admit that there are other factors to consider. It just comes down to who you are, who they are, and who you are together. Gina Florio August 02, 4: Can we all just take a moment to remember just how great Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt were together.
Look - they even had matching hair! The couple, who were together from - met when Gwynnie was just 24, and were even engaged. Talking about the relationship years later, Oscar winner Gwyneth admitted: Who do you possibly date if you've just broken up with Brad Pitt?
Well, if you're Gwyneth Paltrow, that answer's Ben Affleck. The couple dated on and off till Mariah Carey's baby daddy. And look, here they are posing with a topless woman who's carrying a snake. The couple dated from - , but sadly, despite the fact they look seriously happy in this snap, it turns out Ashton was a bit of a jerk.
Talking to GQ in , January admitted: He was like, 'I don't think you're going to be good at this.
Long before he was dark and brooding and Christian Grey, Jamie Dornan was the dark, brooding boyfriend of Kiera Knightley. Sorry, we mean, Chris Evans. Madonna's dating history is long and varied - from legendary artist Jean Michel Basquiat to, er, Vanilla Ice - but let's take a minute to remember that her first husband was none other than Sean Penn.
The couple were married from - , and although they weren't suited in many many ways, they certainly looked great together. No, neither did we! And the award for the cutest celeb couple of all time is Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin. Seriously, just look at them!
The couple became official in , but broke it off just two years later in Courteney Cox and Michael Keaton dated for an impressive in Hollywood terms, at least six years. Following their split in , Courteney said: Remember when Jennifer Aniston dated Vince Vaughn?
The couple started dating after filming The Break Up together which was possibly a bad omen because, as you can see from this snap of them not enjoying each other's company, it wasn't really CoupleGoals.