They say that true love has no age, something we have seen in the movies. But they also say that an older man is a sugar daddy if you are with someone younger and words like toyboy they have become fashionable.
The age difference that exists between some couples it gets them talked about, especially among celebrities. For example, George and Amal Clooney are 17 years apart and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are 11 years apart.
Not only are they older. They too. There is a 13-year difference between Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness, and she is the older of the couple. Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz who are 17 years apart. I won’t mention Leonardo DiCaprio’s habit of saying goodbye to girlfriends who are over a certain age, no matter how creepy that we think
And before it was even more common, according to the data, in 1900the age difference between couples was, on average, double the difference in 2000. To this day, we continue to wonder how much is too much when it comes to age difference in a couple.
The age difference in a couple and its scientific explanation
Although Risto Mejide spoke (erroneously) of ageism when referring to the hate received after finding out about his relationship with a woman again much younger than him after separating from Laura Escanes, it is possible that midorexia, that fear of aging, is hidden behind this behavior.
Risto Mejide and Laura Escanes
Or simply choosing a person who is younger or older than us, may be related to our own life and experiences, as Marie Zeitler, a psychologist at HelloBetter which explains that “relationship patterns and our types of attachment often go back to what we experienced in our childhood and youth”.
The Oedipus complex and the Electra complex, for example, could explain the tendency of some people to look for much older partners in which to reproduce the affection of a father or mother figure in their relationships. Be careful, it doesn’t always happen and It is not something applicable in 100% of the relationships in which there is a difference in age. We may also like attributes we associate with older age, such as maturity or experience.
And science also has something to say with this, because this research from the Max Planck Institute states that the older you are compared to your partner, the longer your life expectancy, perhaps because a younger and more vital partner invites us to be more active and that “prevents the decline in brain performance and increases physical activity related to age”.
George y Amal Clooney
Grace Lordanassociate professor of behavioral sciences at the London School of Economics, states that “in the first 10 years of marriage, people have higher levels of marital satisfaction when their partner is younger than them, but over time, satisfaction between couples of different ages decreases more than that of couples of similar ages.”
We are not here to judge anyone’s love, we can all love whoever we want (within the law) and as long as both agree and there is no abuse of power or anything that coerces the relationship. but perhaps there is an ideal age difference for a couple? Let’s ask science.
What is the ideal age difference in a couple
In the West, only 8% of heterosexual couples have an age difference of more than 10 years, 25% if we talk about homosexual relationships. Also there is data indicating that 1% of heterosexual couples in the US have an age difference of 28 years or more.
Blake Lively y Ryan Reynolds
Emory University in Atlanta carried out a study to answer the question of what is the perfect (or at least less problematic) age difference in this love affair. They studied 3,000 people and came to the conclusion that as the age difference in a couple increases, so does their chances of separating. Couples that are a year apart have only a 3% chance of breaking up.. Those that take more than a decade, almost 40%.
This other 2017 study by IZA he also came to the same conclusion: couples of different ages are less resilient to problems compared to couples of similar ages. In the end, from both studies it is extracted that a difference of 1 or 2 years with your partner is the “ideal”, understanding as ideal that there is less probability of a break from which we have to recover later.
Although it is increasingly accepted in society that there is a difference in age in a couple, the truth is that it is a “risk factor” so to speak, since both They belong to different generations. This fact can influence values, life experience and life project that they have
Hugh Jackman y Deborra Lee Furness
But just as I tell you that it is a risk factor according to the data that we have reflected in this article, I tell you that any relationship has risks. Wanting to run them with that person next to you is only your decision. Also think that the success of a couple does not depend on numbers, but on other factors that will make the relationship last.
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