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How Age Differences Affect Relationships
Written by: Akua Hinds
January 29, 2015
Age differences can affect relationships for the better or for the worse. Some cultures believe that relationships work best when the man is older than the woman. In this day and age, it is becoming more common to see relationships where the woman is significantly older than the man. Although every relationship is different, relationships where a large age gap exists between a man and a woman often face scrutiny. Some people simply don’t understand what two people who belong to different generations could possibly see in each other, but there are many benefits to age gap relationships. Here are some reasons why people choose an older mate:
The older person in an age gap relationship will most likely be more financially stable and be in a position to offer life guidance to their younger partner. Armed with more life experiences, the older partner is also more likely to appreciate and value their younger partner because they realize the value in nurturing a healthy relationship. In turn, the younger person in the relationship could learn valuable life lessons and develop more maturity from being in a relationship with an older partner. When two people are in love, the age difference between them should not be an immediate reason to end the relationship, but sometimes two people don’t see eye to eye because they are in different places in life. For example, an older person might be thinking about retirement and watching every penny, unwilling to spend money on frivolous vacations or the latest gadgets. A younger person may not understand this approach to life because in their mind, retirement is a long time away and they feel that vacations and possessing the latest technology are essential right now. It is important that both people agree on how to approach building their lives together. They should also make sure that they share the same values.
Finding common ground in a relationship is important, whether there is a large age gap between the couple or not. A 55 year old man who works as a television producer could have more in common with a 23 year old woman who has ambitions of becoming an actress than he would with a 55 year old woman who just wants to retire and play bridge all day long. The 23 year old woman might be more career focused and determined than a man the same age as her who still has not figured out what he wants to do with the rest of his life. As a result, the two people who share similar interests can help balance each other out even though they come from different generations.
Achieving balance and respect within a relationship is key. Age is more than just a number, but it does not define everything about who we are. Age can influence our decisions, but closeness in age with your partner can not guarantee that you will have a successful relationship with each other. Establishing common ground and strong communication are the keys to establishing a solid partnership. Before you scoff at a relationship in which there is a large age gap, consider that those two people might have more in common with each other than they do with other individuals.
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