It has always been said that age is irrelevant in matters of the heart, because when you fall in love with someone you think only of what you have in common with the other such as dreams, future plans, your feelings and completely neglect other aspects such as age.
Experts now say that the age difference between a couple can affect the chances of a lasting relationship. Yes, you read that, right! A recent study published by a USA magazine found that the older the difference in age, the greater the risk of separation.
The bigger, the more problems
The researchers studied more than 3,000 couples, and the study revealed that a five-year difference is 18 per cent more likely to be poorly terminal. If we talk about a gap of 10 years, it increases to 39 per cent to fail and with 20 years, to almost 95. It seems that finding an older man is a recipe for disaster.
Yes, there is an ideal age.
According to this analysis, the answer for a lasting relationship is a difference of 12 months, because with this, there will only be a 3 percent chance that you will be separated from your partner. A year is the synonym of love.
There are exceptions
While experts look for patterns, let’s be honest, relationships go beyond any theory, and there are several factors to determine that someone is “right” for you.
In Hollywood, there are some exceptions. One of them is the marriage of Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, whose difference is 25 years, and although both have recognized that it has not been easy, their 17 years together are proof that age is not an impediment to finding the true love.
We like older women
Another study conducted four years ago in which more than 2,000 people were interviewed revealed that only 1 percent of women chose men younger than them. Those who did not, assured that having an older man in their life would bring them more happiness. In addition, one in three says they would date someone 7 years older.
Whatever your tastes or preferences, the truth is that age will never define the relationship.