Expert Says There's No Ideal Age Gap for a Lasting Relationship

When we see someone dating a much older or much younger person, it’s easy to judge them. We’ve all raised an eyebrow and made assumptions when a beautiful young woman comes in on the arm of a man old enough to be her father … or grandfather. But experts say just because they have a huge age gap doesn’t mean their romance won’t last.

There used to be a rule of thumb that said half your age plus seven was the youngest someone you date should be, psychotherapist Toby Ingham says, but that’s outdated now. So as long as everything is legal, as in no one’s underage, then there’s no ideal number of years to have between partners, according to relationship experts.

“If there is love, trust, acceptance and responsibility for the possible implication of being in that relationship, then the ideal age gap can mean different things for each unique couple,” therapist Sedef Salim explains, adding, “We can’t choose who we fall in love with.” That doesn’t mean that there won’t be societal or cultural biases around those May-December romances, and dating someone from a different generation can create complications, but if the people in the relationship are happy, that’s all that really matters.

Source: Metro

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