When my boyfriend came back I told him what happened.I expected him to say something to the bartender or to at least be as upset as I was, but instead he told me that he was sorry, and that this was going to happen, but that we couldn’t let other people’s ignorance get in the way of our relationship.And then you learn that the same year you graduated college, he was wrapping up his freshman year—of high school.Dating someone younger—whether you’re two or three years his senior or are talking cougar territory—certainly can work, but being an “older woman” in a relationship does tend to come with certain perks and downfalls.First, here is a graph of the acceptable dating range for each age using the half-plus-seven rule, illustrated by data blogger The biggest takeaway from this graph is that, for the most part, Ok Cupid men stay just barely within the range prescribed by the half-plus-seven rule.
Don't try to pressure me into it (marriage, children, etc.)” 6. “The things you admire us for in the beginning can become tiresome to you as we both get older, so please make sure to be honest with yourself about why you are attracted to us, and if it's for who we are -- not how we make you feel.” 7.
As with all things, the half-plus-seven rule is better used as a rule of thumb than a strict law.
But even so, if you keep skirting the accepted minimum, you might consider widening the pool to older potential partners.
"He acknowledged the elephant in the room by cracking a joke with my dad about a sports championship they were both alive for that I was obviously not, and from there the meeting went much more smoothly.
We know that it’s going to be strange to meet our folks, but we appreciate anything you can do to lighten the mood without overcompensating.” 10. When people see a couple with a significant age difference, they “I was prepared for the typical challenges you face when you’re a younger woman dating an older man, but nothing could have prepped me for the judgements that strangers felt they had the right to make about my boyfriend and I to both of our faces,” says Jasmine, 26.