Should πŸ€” Age Difference πŸ‘±β€β™€οΈπŸ§” Matter in a Relationship πŸ’‘?

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Everybody is searching for their perfect partner in life. It is, for many, their ultimate goal to find someone who they can share their life with forever. And at the beginning of any relationship, it is natural to ask yourself if you are sure that you have chosen the right person. And then comes the old age saying of’’ Age is just a number’’. Or is it? Are we able to have relationships, romantic relationships, marriages and partnerships when the age gap is 10 years, 20 years and sometimes more? If we have a look at the statistics, the numbers tell us that the larger the age gap, the greater the problems and the higher the number of divorce and break up rate. But then, there is always the exception to the rule.

So does an age difference matter in a relationship? Well, that is each to their own to discover and find out, but for the most part, there are going to be extra challenges that relationships will face when there is an age gap. There are of course challenges in every relationship, but when you have 8 or 10 years between you, it may work well now, but what happens later on when it starts to feel like 20 years difference instead of 10?

1. Life Stages

Big age differences might not be apparent initially between couples who are in their 40s and 50s respectively, but when those numbers change and you have late 40s and 60s – the entire dynamic of a relationship changes. The younger party may still be working, attending conferences, meetings, and have to wind up late nights at the office. Whereas the other party has already retired and suddenly everything changes. The working partner is in an entirely different stage of their life and the retired partner becomes increasingly frustrated because they have nothing to do and all day to do it in and their partner doesn’t have enough time in the day.

The mismatched life pressures have the potential to cause major conflict between couples as they enter a new phase in their respective lives and in their relationships. Leisure time is compromised and suddenly what was not an issue two years before becomes a make or break scenario just around the corner.

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