When your teen wants to date someone significantly older or younger, dating becomes especially complicated.
You and your teen need to be aware of your state's laws and consider the risks inherent in teens dating outside of their age group.
Stupid society and its conditioning that men look handsome and distinguished as they age while women don't.
Older men, it seems to me, are like gold dust on the dating scene right now.
According to a new survey, the ideal age difference between a couple is when the man is 4 years and (this is the sort of weird part) four months older than the woman.
Which means that my ideal mate was born sometime in February of 1982.
The age of consent -- the age at which a person can legally give consent to a sexual partner -- varies from 14 to 18. for an adult -- 18 or older -- to have sexual contact with someone younger than 16.
Some states, including Michigan and Georgia, set a definite age of consent.
Specifically, four years and four months older, which was the average "ideal" age gap as reported by a survey of 2,000 adults.
While slightly less than half of people said there was no ideal age gap (good call, sensible people), 33% of women wanted a guy up to seven years older than them, while only one out of a hundred women preferred a younger man.
Not that I have anything against dating older guys, but here's some afternoon uggghhh: Financial stability was one of the biggest reasons women cited for preferring older dudes, since 55% of women said they couldn't afford rent or mortgages on their own. Most of the guys I've dated have been my age to just a couple of years older, but sadly for poor old me (literally), none of them have provided any financial stability so I don't think I'd call that a motivation.
I will say that while I don't have a rule against dating younger guys, I probably wouldn't consider it my ideal dating situation either.