When I was 25, I spent a year dating a man 20 years older than me. The Older Man was also my editor, which added a power imbalance to the mix—a dynamic we all know can be equal parts problematic and irresistible. People raise their eyebrows at relationships with a significant age gap: Power, and the transmission of knowledge, are inherently erotic. I wonder: What do we gain and lose from dating someone of a different generation?
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I'm Dating A Guy 8 Years Older, And It's Amazing
By Matt Sandy Updated: For many, a successful marriage can be put down to attraction, devotion, patience — and true love. But one group of statisticians begs to differ. They have developed a distinctly unromantic formula to predict how compatible a couple are based on their ages, education and previous divorces. The experts claim their theory can tell in advance that some couples are up to five times more likely to end up getting divorced than others. According to the study, the couples with the best chance are those where a woman with a superior education marries a man who is five or more years older than herself.
12 Things You Should Know Before Dating an Older Guy
As of now, your dating life may not have expanded much beyond your year in college, peers at work, or the parameters you've set for yourself on Tinder. But if you're unhappy with your current dating pool, or feel stuck or misunderstood, it could be a sign you're meant to be with someone older. Going up a few or many years on the dating scene will not only expand your options, but it might even introduce you to someone who feels like a better fit.
George Clooney and his new wife, Amal Alamuddin, are the talk of the town. What about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who were 16 years apart when they were married? In their defense, I hardly grew up dating or crushing on men close to my age group. I always seem to date guys between 10 to 20 years older than me, and from my relationships comes some of the best memories and experiences. I still get the common response from my friends: