The Ideal Age Gap In A Relationship Is Not As Big As You May Think

July 6, 2018


We all go into a relationship aiming to be the one that lasts forever but with divorce rates hovering around 50%, there's a chance your relationship with your love may be shorter than the loan terms on your new car. For many relationships it has to do with the age gap. You may be familiar with the "divide their age by two and add seven" equation for figuring out if the person you're into is too old for you to date. This test supposedly calculates the youngest age that it is appropriate for a person to have a romantic relationship with. So if you are 42, the youngest person you should date is 28.  But there is no scientific proof of this formula's accuracy and the ideal age gap in a relationship is actually much smaller than you might think. Of course there are exceptions to every rule but according to a 2014 dating study, researchers analyzed over 3,000 couples for the study, and found that the larger the age gap between a couple, the more likely they are to get divorced. Couples with a one-year age difference have a 3% chance of getting divorced. A couple with a 5 year gap, the chance of divorce goes up to 18%. A 10-year difference is 39%, and a 20-year age gap has a 95% chance of ending in divorce. However age is just a number and the overall success of any relationship depends on a few basic components: shared values and beliefs, healthy communication and conflict resolution, trust, intimacy, and the ability to support one another's goals. None of these behaviors have much to do with age, although a large age difference between two people can mean different views of the world and thus the relationship.

SOURCE: Elite Daily

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