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. While an older man dating a younger woman tends to raise less eyebrows than a woman's romance with a younger man , the dynamic isn't exactly stigma-free—particularly when the age gap is significant. Three years later, search husbandnotdad on Instagram and you'll find a collection of smiling couples; on Twitter , the same hashtag's happy photos are interspersed with searingly critical comments, which arguably confirms Thornton's point.
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The 8-year rule states that you shouldn't date anyone outside of an 8-year age range. It can happen. I just won't try it any more. I've dated or tried to date women who are older, younger and, if you'll believe it, exactly the same age as I am.
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I have a particular interest in health, spirituality, fitness, and the mind-body connection. Older men can have sophisticated tastes; are you ready for that? Dylan Mcleod via Unsplash Public Domain. We all remember when year-old Ashley Olsen made headlines for reportedly dating year-old Bennett Miller, the director of Moneyball. And yes, I know some younger men date older women.
I was born in and have two older siblings. So far, so normal. Except for the fact that being born in — the same year the Titanic went down — my father was old enough to be my great-grandfather. To further compound the issue, my mother was born in — a difference of 33 years between their births.