I think that there is definitely some truth to the "age is just a number" mentality, but having the experience I did, I don't buy it completely.How did/does the age gap impact your relationship once you were in it?
Time creates wisdom – but it also creates responsibilities and complications – mortgage, kids, career, etc.
All of this makes dating more and more complex as we get older. Still, most of them fail miserably, for the exact same reasons that I think Penelope is suggesting.
Woman B: I think I've always been attracted to people older than me. There is a particular immaturity connected to the hookup culture which I just have no time for. I've found that most guys my age have trouble dealing with strong-willed, smart-mouthed girls, even though we are supposed to live in an age of feminism and all.
But it's not an exact science — there are plenty of immature older men that would put teenagers to shame.
Because he had a reluctance to grow up, he wanted to stay young in as many ways as possible.
The next time we ran into each other was when I went to interview for a job in the ski resort's lift department, which he happened to be in charge of. I think he can't really find a woman to keep up with him, even in his own age group. The man I dated was essentially an 18-year-old himself when it came to maturity.
Harrison Ford being an exception for me as well though, I have to say.
I think it felt good for him that an 18-year-old was choosing to spend time with him.
I've had crushes and done the odd online date, but I'd never dated seriously before. We started dating and it developed into a relationship shortly after. Woman D: We met initially at a mutual friend's house. Selecting a much younger partner increased the odds of him finding such a person. He has had three other serious relationships and they were all age-appropriate.
Woman B: I was 23 when we started dating and he was 39. We got back in contact and I realized how much I missed having him in my life. Woman A: Looking back, I think he needed a partner who would tolerate his bullshit if he was to be in a relationship at all.
Woman D: I'm now married to a man who is five years older than me so I suppose patterns would say I'm attracted to men older than me.