Boyfriend or Babysitter?


Is age just a “state of mind” when it comes to dating and relationships of more than just a sexual nature? What is an appropriate age gap when it comes to dating someone? Does true love transcend something as trivial as age? Probably not.

There are generational and experiential differences between a 20 year-old and a 50 year-old that make a lasting and genuine relationship a tough sell. When I think about the difference in values between myself and someone old enough to be my father, I honestly don’t see how I could make it work.  On the flip side, I also find it difficult to picture myself with someone only 10 years younger than me as well. I experienced so much in my 20’s that shaped me as a person, and I think that until both people in the relationship have gone through that and “discovered” themselves (forgive the cliché), there will be complications in the long run. I’m sure the same could be said for any 10 year span in your life.

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  • I like the following rule for dating upwards… Go twice your age and subtract 7. Example: if I’m 25, I’d double my age (50) and subtract 7 (43), that would be the absolute FURTHEST I could go… though even sometimes that is pushing it.

  • Calan

    Personaly I wouldn’t go more than 8 years above my age but I know someone (she is now 50) and her boyfriend (now 31) and they have been together for going on 10 years now so it can work.