I think it depends on the maturity of each person, the legal age of consent in your country. Stuff like that.
Once you get older, big age gaps don't seem to be much of an issue.
My nan was 13 years younger than my grandad and no one saw anything wrong with that at all.
Although the same age gap with say, a 14 year old and a 27 year old would probably be considered inappropriate.
I'm fine! Totally fine. I don't know why it's coming out all loud and squeaky, 'cause really, I'm fine!
Hard and fast rules really don't work in this context. For me, it's all about being close enough in age and maturity that you have shared similar life experiences.
Under the 1/2 your age+7 rule, I could be dating a 20 year old, but most 20 year olds have no experience of being in a long term relationship, cohabiting with a partner, paying all your own bills etc. Conversely going the other way, I could be dating a nearly 40 year old, who probably has kids, a mortgage, a previous marriage. So for me, the rule doesn't work.
That doesn't mean there are no 40 year olds I would date, but it means it's unlikely that we have enough in common to base a relationship on. I have a kind of flirty/datey/friendship thing with someone who is 33, it's weird enough when we talk about the music we listened to as teenagers for example. And that's merely a cultural blip, not anything important.
It all boils down to whether the relationship works for you as an individual, I don't think a general rule can be applied. Age doesn't really matter if you both want similar kinds of things etc. There is 8 years between my parents, 5 years between myself and my girlfriend. :)
I was in a 8 year relationship with someone 22 years older than me. The age did bother me to start with but we got along and that was all that mattered. I'm now sort of seeing a guy who is 13 years older...... guess I just like the older man ;)
Last edited by Strawberry Xs : 13-12-2013 at 03:36 PM.
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I don't think there is one really, assuming you're both over 18.
If there's a big age gap you'll probably have more differences of reference points/expectations/life experience to navigate. And with a really big age gap you'll probably have to deal with a degree of social disapproval.
But in the end it depends on the individuals involved.