Plus, since my membership is nearly up, suddenly I'm getting suspicious wink alerts (wait, don't go!
In any relationship it can be a nerve-wracking experience to introduce a partner to your family.
According to the rule, for example, a 30-year-old should be with a partner who is at least 22, while a 50-year-old’s dating partner must be at least 32 to not attract (presumed) social sanction. Does it match our scientific understanding of age-related preferences for dating? Researchers Buunk and colleagues (2000) asked men and women to identify the ages they would consider when evaluating someone for relationships of different levels of involvement.
Today, Olson released another set of visuals—the most intriguing of which focuses on the matter of the age gap.
Only men—and not women—benefit psychologically and socially from a younger spouse. "On average, men have fewer and lesser quality social contacts than those of women," says study author Sven Drefahl.
So a woman with a younger husband isn't going to benefit from her jailbait husband taking her to the seniors' center; she already has friends for that, but an old man doesn't.
That's according to a study that compiled polling data from more than 3,000 recently married and divorced Americans.
The study—the overall findings of which my colleague Olga Khazan highlighted last month—used a multivariate model to calculate the factors that seemed to best predict the marriage's chances of success.