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What is an acceptable age difference in a relationship

Do you think the woman should be younger than the man? Is it okay for a woman to be older than the man? What do you think is the largest age difference that is acceptable?
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As long as both are over 18 is fine
Keepitsimple · 51-55, F
Well now that age is making a difference in my life I’d say I’m at my limit with 10 1/2 years. I’m starting to panic that I’m gonna be a caregiver for the next 20 years between my mom and husband when this time of my life should finally be about me. Just being honest.
bowman81 · M
[@11509,Keepitsimple] One can end up being caregiver even when you are the same age. I think you need to find a way to enjoy your time the best you can at anytime of your life. I guess my point is the older partner could end up caring for the younger as well. Try to find a way to enjoy every day you are given.

I know, easier said than done.
Keepitsimple · 51-55, F
[@424751,bowman81] Thats very true and I’m just living the dream until things change but there’s not a big age gap between my mom and my husband so I know I will be busy eventually. I’d at least like to do some traveling before that time comes.
MelindaMom · 36-40, F
A few years back, Psychology Today wrote, have the person's age plus seven in terms of years.
As long as they are both over 18, the gap doesn’t matter.
smiler2012 · 56-60, M
[@926030,Temporallube] exactly agree totally long as they are happy who really cares 🤷‍♂️
PepsiColaP · 22-25, F
As long as it is between consenting adults ,there are differences in dynamics however due to the age difference,sometimes they balance each other out,other times they create conflict ,at worse if it is based in power it can be abusive
There's technically nothing wrong with age differences in a relationship as long as both are over 18.

But I find it strange when men in their 30's and 40's befriend women under 18 but wait for the 18 cut off point to take it further as though this cut off point suddenly makes a drastic difference in mental development. It's so common.

Also, age gaps bigger than 10-12 years make me feel uneasy because of the power dynamics that are usually at play. With that being said, i'm not about to storm an adults house for dating someone who could pass for his grandma. You do you, boo. Granny Smith deserves love too.
ExtremeNext · 31-35
I only date guys over 70
Coppercoil · M
[@412438,ExtremeNext] I lie about my age.. don't want to scare them away.. just turned 80 last week.
Xipooh · 26-30, M
[@58876,Coppercoil] butter smooth 😏
Havesomefun · 56-60, M
Does it matter
Xipooh · 26-30, M
It's all fine, I do find it kinda creepy if someone is 40-50 and they're dating someone under 20 though.

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