When dating a girl, how much younger or older are you willing to go?
Guys usually prefer girls that is younger, but for a lot of people (both male and female) also want somebody their own age group. That mean for most men, they are willing to date an older female, as long as they are in the same age group. Most people prefer younger girls, but for a lot, they don't want girls too much younger, because it feel like dating children. For me personally, I am ok with girls up to 5 years old then me and ten years younger then me (but must be at least 21, unless she is really mature) that is my comfort zone. What is your comfort zone?
I heard of a general idea once that stated "divide your age by 2, and add seven; that's who you can date." For example, a 20 year old could date someone as young as 17; a 40 year old could date as young as 27.
I think that idea is a nice general guideline, but not something to live by. If I were single, and met my ideal woman, but she happened to be 15 years older than me, I doubt I'd mind.
In short, to each their own, really. As long as both people in the relationship are comfortable with it, that's more than good enough for me.
While the decision is only up to those involved, personally I think the rule should be if you are old enough to be their parent or they are old enough to be your parent then it's too large of an age gap. I always had a 5 year rule. Anyone outside of that gap would likely not be a good fit for me.
For the most part age is just a number once get beyond 30.
A 10-15 year age difference is not bad. Ultimately it comes down to who the individual person is and the chemistry you have with them.
I can't imagine meeting an adult woman I got along with wonderfully and rejecting her interest in me simply because of her age.
If there is a mutual attraction, similar sense of humor, and great chemistry it's worth exploring. Very rarely do people of any age group start conversations with "Remember when..."
The reality is most conversations we have deal with what was on TV last night, the weather, our weekend plans, current events, work, vacations, dreams, hobbies, friends, family, favorite restaurants....etc
This explains why co-workers of different age groups can be friends as well. The only potential downside to having a major age difference in a long-term relationship or marriage are possible health issues.
However if one is just dating for fun with no intention of settling down then they can simply enjoy the (here and now) with anyone of legal age. While in my 20s I dated women up to 20 years older than me. It was no big deal. One man's opinion!
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