Dating Disparity: What Your Age Difference Says About Your Relationship

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How does age impact dating dynamics?

The dynamics of a romantic relationship can vary greatly depending on whether you’re older, younger, or the same age as your partner. So what does your age difference mean?

IF YOU’RE SLIGHTLY OLDER THAN YOUR S.O. . . .

You know how to think for yourself and have slightly more mature worldview than your honey, but you two still agree on the things that matter most.

IF YOU’RE SIGNIFICANTLY OLDER THAN YOUR S.O. . . .

You’re young at heart and enjoy the laid-back, exciting lifestyle that dating someone younger brings. You love being a provider and a protector for your partner.

IF YOU’RE SLIGHTLY YOUNGER THAN YOUR S.O. . . .

You’re mature for your age and are attracted to the comfort and stability that dating someone a bit older brings.

IF YOU’RE SIGNIFICANTLY YOUNGER THAN YOUR S.O. . . .

You have a curious mind and enjoy the constant learning that comes from dating someone much older and wiser. You’re extremely mature for your age and a bit of an old soul at heart.

IF YOU’RE THE EXACT SAME AGE AS YOUR S.O. . . .

Admit it: you two were high school sweethearts. Or you met freshman year of college and have been together ever since. Either way, you two are perfectly in sync.


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