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BY CARISSA LOETHEN

 

There have been countless studies, surveys and reports trying to figure out one of love’s lingering questions -- is it better or worse to have an age gap between you and your partner?

The latest survey on the topic was conducted by the website Confused.com, which found there is at least a more popular age gap preference.

“More than 2,000 adults were asked what makes the ideal age gap for a couple – and while just under half don’t feel there is such a thing, the most popular answer was the man being 52 months older (four years, four months).”

That’s a pretty specific number... but an anchor for WLS says that sounds “right on” to her:


“My husband are exactly four years and four months apart ... we were meant to be together.”

The bigger statistic from that survey – 70% of women prefer to be with a man who is 3-6 years older. WRC gives the perks of dating a few years up...

“When asked what benefits there are to dating someone older, 40% said the younger partner’s youthfulness rubs off on the older partner.”

WRC adds 33% of women said they would date a man 7 years older.

But the boys... not so much... WOFL has their thoughts...


“As for the guys, only 2% say they would rather be with an older woman.”

So that’s people’s preferences... but is there really a right choice? Studies have gone back and forth for years over the benefits and drawbacks of having an age gap in your relationship.

For example... Slate points out a 2005 government study in the United Kingdom found that age disparity played only a very small role in the likeness of a couple divorcing.

Which completely conflicts with a 1994 Canadian study that says:

“Divorce rates are lowest when the husband is two to ten years older than the wife or when the magnitude of their age difference is extremely large.”

So beyond the idea that an age gap might or might not have an effect on the success of your relationship, a 2010 study with the University of Stockholm shows evidence that the relationship gap can have an effect on your health:

“... results suggest that having a younger spouse is beneficial for men but detrimental for women, while having an older spouse is detrimental for both sexes.”

Yikes! But it doesn’t sounds so bad for guys. The BBC features a study at Germany’s Max Planck Institute that says:

A man’s odds of dying early are reduced by a fifth if they marry a woman 15 to 17 years younger, and reduce by 11% if his bride is 7 to 9 years younger.

And lastly, the Confused.com survey also identified the public’s favorite age-gap couple...

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who have a pretty significant age gap — they are 25 years apart!

Ideal Age Gap for Couples: 4 Years, 4 Months

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Ideal Age Gap for Couples: 4 Years, 4 Months

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)



BY CARISSA LOETHEN

 

There have been countless studies, surveys and reports trying to figure out one of love’s lingering questions -- is it better or worse to have an age gap between you and your partner?

The latest survey on the topic was conducted by the website Confused.com, which found there is at least a more popular age gap preference.

“More than 2,000 adults were asked what makes the ideal age gap for a couple – and while just under half don’t feel there is such a thing, the most popular answer was the man being 52 months older (four years, four months).”

That’s a pretty specific number... but an anchor for WLS says that sounds “right on” to her:


“My husband are exactly four years and four months apart ... we were meant to be together.”

The bigger statistic from that survey – 70% of women prefer to be with a man who is 3-6 years older. WRC gives the perks of dating a few years up...

“When asked what benefits there are to dating someone older, 40% said the younger partner’s youthfulness rubs off on the older partner.”

WRC adds 33% of women said they would date a man 7 years older.

But the boys... not so much... WOFL has their thoughts...


“As for the guys, only 2% say they would rather be with an older woman.”

So that’s people’s preferences... but is there really a right choice? Studies have gone back and forth for years over the benefits and drawbacks of having an age gap in your relationship.

For example... Slate points out a 2005 government study in the United Kingdom found that age disparity played only a very small role in the likeness of a couple divorcing.

Which completely conflicts with a 1994 Canadian study that says:

“Divorce rates are lowest when the husband is two to ten years older than the wife or when the magnitude of their age difference is extremely large.”

So beyond the idea that an age gap might or might not have an effect on the success of your relationship, a 2010 study with the University of Stockholm shows evidence that the relationship gap can have an effect on your health:

“... results suggest that having a younger spouse is beneficial for men but detrimental for women, while having an older spouse is detrimental for both sexes.”

Yikes! But it doesn’t sounds so bad for guys. The BBC features a study at Germany’s Max Planck Institute that says:

A man’s odds of dying early are reduced by a fifth if they marry a woman 15 to 17 years younger, and reduce by 11% if his bride is 7 to 9 years younger.

And lastly, the Confused.com survey also identified the public’s favorite age-gap couple...

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who have a pretty significant age gap — they are 25 years apart!

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