A study released in 2003 by the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics concluded that the proportion of women in England and Wales marrying younger men rose from 15% to 26% between 19.The study also showed a higher divorce rate as the age difference rose when the woman was older and a lower divorce rate as the age difference rose when the man was older. "People seemed to feel they had the right to comment on our relationship simply because of the age gap." On the other hand, Sarah Bannister, who has been married for 11 years, has never felt the age gap in her relationship - 15 years - has been an issue: "I'd always liked older men, and there was a 17 year age gap between my parents so it was normal to me. Amelia was in a relationship with a man 19 years her senior for nearly 3 years.Age disparity in sexual relationships is the difference in ages of individuals in sexual relationships.Concepts of these relationships, including what defines an age disparity, have developed over time and vary among societies.In August 2010, Michael Dunn of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff completed and released the results of a study on age disparity in dating.
We were in the same circle of friends, so they were all very happy for us." While other couples are given the benefit of the doubt, and any problems they might face are assumed to be the cause of extenuating circumstances, if you're in a relationship with an age gap that courtesy isn't extended to you.A middle-aged man dating a much younger woman has long been thought of in American culture as a classic sign of midlife crisis.In some circles, dating a younger woman is a status symbol.Denise Knowles, a relationship counsellor for Relate, says the couples themselves will often assume this as well: "Couples will come to me and say they're having problems and I'll say, 'OK, let's talk about it as two people.Not as you being a 30 year old and a 50 year old." "When we were together of course I thought about what would happen as he got older," says Amelia, "I think we both tended to ignore it and pretend it wasn't going to happen.Love can be fickle, and we don’t always fall for the right people.Sometimes a significant age gap makes a relationship impossible.Men aren’t the only ones who date younger people, though, and the archetype of the “cougar”—an older woman dating a younger man—is rapidly becoming a part of the public consciousness.Same-sex couples sometimes feature a significant age gap as well.As people get older, age difference means less and less.Obviously, a 40-year-old marrying a 20-year-old will be questioned, while no one will think twice about an 80-year-old marrying a 60-year-old.