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Dating someone too old for you

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It has always been common for older men to date and marry younger women, principally because women in general look for men who can provide financial security and men look for women who Dating someone too old for you fertile and capable of bearing them many children.

Sure, you probably didn't look at your older guy and think, wow, he's a good provider when you hooked up with him. And I'm fairly certain he's not interested in you because of your fertility; however, the atavistic preferences are still there and something of which you should be aware.

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But, how old is too old? Let's examine this in greater detail. There is a popular formula for determining the socially acceptable age differences for dating, and it's called the "Half Your Age Plus Seven" Rule:. Since this article is about figuring out whether a guy is too old for you, we'll stick with the second formula.

Let's say that you are If we plug your age into the second formula we get:.


So, according to the formula, Dating someone too old for you oldest acceptable age for you to date would be 30, and the age gap between you would be 8 years. Now, this formula is not scientifically derived, and no one is really sure where it came from, so I don't think that anyone should take it too seriously. If anything, consider it a "ballpark" figure.


There was an interesting study out of Emory University that found that the larger the age gap between the partners, that the more likely it was that they would get divorced. It found that when couples had an age gap of one year Dating someone too old for you them, they had a three percent likelihood of divorce whereas couples with a five year age difference had an 18 percent chance of divorce.

The chance Dating someone too old for you divorce shoots up to 39 percent for couples with a 10 year age gap and to 95 percent when there is a 20 year age gap. However, considering that the rate of divorce for all couples in western countries has been hovering at around 50 percent since the 's, I don't think that we can call the Emory findings conclusive on this matter.

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Indeed, even couples with a 10 year age difference divorce at a rate that is lower than the average rate for all couples. Here are some other interesting numbers regarding age differences in couples:.

I am not here to tell you definitively whether or not your man is too old for you: With that in mind, I am going to give you some points to consider. If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below. Meet DonnaShe is a stormchaser, photojournalist, and foodie who is into cookie, eclectic crafts and pop culture.

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Among her best articles are: Log In via Login Sign Up. Home Articles Community My Dating someone too old for you. Yes No I need help. How old are you? Age differences matter less the older you get, but when you are very young, they matter a great deal.

If you are in your teens, you should probably hold off on dating someone who is older than you because you are entering a stage of your life where you will be doing a lot of growing Dating someone too old for you changing. You are still finding out who you are, and being with someone older might stymie your personal growth. The chances are also good that in a few years you'll find that your needs have changed, and he may no longer suit you at all.

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Be wary of the control issue. Some older guys like younger women because they believe that they can mold them into the kind of woman they want. This is especially true when the woman is in her late teens and early twenties.

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