Dating someone significantly older than yourself has a serious taboo attached to it. It can make your family and friends a little uncomfortable. Maybe you care what your community thinks or maybe you don't.
One famous example of an uncomfy relationship age gap was Kylie Jenner and Tyga. Their eight-year age gap relationship started when Kylie was 17.
A majority of college-aged women interviewed reported that they would feel comfortable dating men two to five years older than them.
One woman shared that, "College is such a unique phase of your life that doesn't really line up with the professional world. If they are both in college that changes things because they are in the same life stage."
Another also added, "I think it's weird when an 18-year-old is dating someone 23+ for maturity purposes. However, if you're 23 dating someone 28+ I think that is more acceptable."
Conversely, they a majority reported only wanting to date men up to two years younger than themselves.
Personally, this was kind of shocking to me. My parents are three years apart, but my mom is older.
Someone shared, "My parents just feel I shouldn't date someone younger than myself."
The most important "success factor" to look out for is sharing the same life stage.
Does age matter less when you and your partner are both in college? These women said, "maybe."
"I think that depends on how old the younger person is at the time they're dating. I don't think anyone should date someone 10+years older than them," shared one woman.
When asked what their parents would say if they were in an age gap relationship, responses were varied.
Responses range from my parents wouldn't care all the way too they wouldn't be okay with that. It depends on what is socially acceptable for their family and culture.
One woman said, "In their opinion, as long as we love and respect each other and are both legal adults, it is okay"
Oppositely, someone said, "I think they would not like it. My parents are 2 weeks apart in age. I don't think they would understand being with a very young or very old person."
There were cute success stores too like, "My aunt and uncle are ten years apart and are absolutely perfect. I think it just depends on the person you are with. Like the saying goes, age is just a number!"