A question I receive often is, "How did you make the decision to date and marry a younger guy?" While it's fairly common for a woman to marry an older man, the reverse isn't as much of a social norm. Travis and Leah, who have been married close to 20 years, met while attending the same six-week missions organization training.“If I was 20 years older than my wife, nobody would think for a single second that we couldn’t be legitimately together,“ he told Le Parisien.“It's because she is 20 years older than me that a lot of people say, 'this relationship can't be tenable, it can't be possible.'” While there are always exceptions to the rule, research has shown that certain age gaps are more likely to end in tears.The typical reason being, “that’s who I’m more attracted to.” But again, the “sex appeal boundary” gets pushed out further and further as women in their 50’s and 60’s find themselves as public sex symbols. Is it wise for a woman of 55 to consider a relationship with a man who is 65 or 70?
So given all this, do traditional notions of appropriate age gaps in relationships still matter?Of course, if having children is in your plans and you’re a man, the age of your partner matters.There are certainly ways for older women to conceive children, but most men who want families tend to try and date women who are younger than 40.According to a study conducted by Emory University in Atlanta, the bigger the difference the bigger the chance of separation.After analysing 3,000 people, it found that couples with a five-year age gap are 18 per cent more likely to split up than those of the same age.