If you haven't experienced it yourself or personally known someone who has, you're probably asking yourself...first of all, is it really true; and secondly, how do relationships with such age disparities work out in the long run?
A caveat is necessary: You can’t help who you love.
Maybe Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto are genuinely the greatest love story of our time.
In fact, many are full of married men pretending to be single or divorced.
Because such websites attract more men than women, they often offer women incentives such as free registration and discretion.
To get an idea of the possible challenges, you only have to read the experiences of women who have married old men. To be fair, some couples have successfully lived together despite the age difference.
You've undoubtedly heard stories about Eastern European, Asian, and South American girls in their 20's dating American, Canadian, and European men in their 40's, 50's, 60's and beyond.
According to the same study, successful men featured on the Forbes 400 list married women seven years younger. When these super-rich men remarried, their subsequent partner was substantially younger, 22-years younger on average. Financial gain seems to be the obvious answer, so I will get it out of the way straightaway. Girls get a head-start by marrying older men, as it affords them a similar or better lifestyle than they were used to while living with their parents.
After all, their parents would have secured a commendable standard of living in their middle age, and the girl would like to ensure that she gets similar comforts when she marries.
Still, more often than not, these pairings feel icky because they are icky: The parties aren’t on equal footing; different experiences and life stages are inevitably going to make it harder to relate.
Attention from an older man might feel flattering, but do your future self a solid and ask: Why isn’t this guy interested in people his own age? John Waters has said, “If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ‘em!
Bennett and Benedetto may make for a particularly striking example (“Lovely fetus you’ve got there, ma’am, here’s my number, have it call it me in 18 years or so”), but older men getting romantically involved with younger women is hardly a rare phenomenon.