When my friend Linda broke up with her boyfriend of nine years, she fell into a deep depression. After a few months of grieving, she grit her teeth and went on OkCupid, Hinge and Tinder. She was approached by younger men but kept swiping by them. Is this a prank? Since then, she has dated a few younger men and is surprised by their maturity and enthusiasm and also by just how many younger guys are looking for older women. Call it the Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron effect.
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I once thought I'd fallen in love with an adorable lawyer who started chatting with me while we waited at a crosswalk in Manhattan. I felt an immediate spark, and after we exchanged numbers, we planned our first date without ever bringing up our ages. Then he excused himself to the go to the bathroom while I sat wondering what our relationship age gap meant: Would he want to move faster in a relationship? Would he be thinking about children already?
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Subscriber Account active since. You cannot always help who you fall in love with , and sometimes, the person may be quite older — or younger — than yourself. Naysayers may tell you it won't work out; however, according to couples who are in such partnerships, there are ways to make it work. Read more: 6 ways to make a relationship work if you're not the same age as your partner. Sussman , LCSW, told us.
When it comes to dating, age is just one among many factors to consider as you seek your match. We bring all of our prior life experience to any relationship we enter, so how much does it matter that one person's history is years or decades longer than the other's? Here, two experts weigh in on the benefits of dating an older man, as well as the potential drawbacks.