It is often said that love knows no age, yet science doesn’t quite agree. No offense to cougars and other sugar daddy, it is scientifically proven that the age difference within a couple would have a relatively significant impact not only on the functioning but also on the longevity of this one.
The greater the age difference, the shorter the couple will last.
A very serious study has indeed been conducted on this subject by a trio of researchers from Emory University in Atlanta and the University of Michigan. For several years, scientists have set out to observe and analyze the behavior of no less than 3,000 individuals in couples in order to determine what would be the ideal age difference for a marriage that lasts. Enough to allow them to conclude that the greater the difference, the more couples who have passed the milestone of marriage would be likely to divorce quickly. It would therefore be necessary to start from the principle that we are talking about a significant age difference when it exceeds 10 years. The figures are also quite telling: according to the results of the survey, couples with an age difference of 10 years would have a 39% chance of divorce, against 95% for couples whose difference is at 20 years. When this gap is reduced to 5 years, the risk that your relationship will not last for life is reduced to 18%.
What is the ideal age difference in a couple?
As for the ideal age difference, it is not very important since it would be only 12 months. If your partner is one year older or younger than you, or vice versa, you will only incur a 3% chance of going through the divorce box. This would therefore in fact amount to making sure you fall in love with a partner who is almost the same age as you.
There would also be a logic behind this as the experts point out. Since the concerns and expectations of each individual very often vary according to age, it seems normal or at least natural for two people of the same age or of close ages to share common desires, objectives or even fears.