Subscriber Account active since. You cannot always help who you fall in love with , and sometimes, the person may be quite older — or younger — than yourself. Naysayers may tell you it won't work out; however, according to couples who are in such partnerships, there are ways to make it work. Read more: 6 ways to make a relationship work if you're not the same age as your partner. Sussman , LCSW, told us. Sussman, however, also said there is such a thing as too much of an age difference.
Relationship Age Gap: How Big Is too Big? | Glamour
People say love is blind, but research says your age gap can determine the longevity of your relationship. Nonetheless, in the concept of dating someone significantly older, or younger, than you still raises a few eyebrows. Case in point; the unwarranted furore surrounding Emmanuel Macron, 39, — the newly-elected President of France — and his wife Brigitte Trogneux, With an age gap of 25 years, Macron, recently spoke out about the international obsession with the age difference between himself and his partner. While there are always exceptions to the rule, research has shown that certain age gaps are more likely to end in tears. According to a study conducted by Emory University in Atlanta , the bigger the difference the bigger the chance of separation.
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I once thought I'd fallen in love with an adorable lawyer who started chatting with me while we waited at a crosswalk in Manhattan. I felt an immediate spark, and after we exchanged numbers, we planned our first date without ever bringing up our ages. Then he excused himself to the go to the bathroom while I sat wondering what our relationship age gap meant: Would he want to move faster in a relationship? Would he be thinking about children already? Would he be appalled by my tiny studio apartment, which I could barely afford?
A widely-circulated study from Emory University found that couples with large age gaps are significantly more likely to divorce. The researchers found that social stigma is often to blame, with folks assuming that the relationship is somehow exploitative i. That's not to say it's impossible to have a successful relationship with a large age gap, but there are challenges pertaining to social stigma and more that couples most overcome.