The two-year age gap pattern also shows up in adulthood, with the average age of marriage for women at 25 or 26, and for men at 27 or 28, said Ann Meier, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Societal expectations tend to dictate that the older male-younger female dynamic will create one-sided pressure, and perhaps, submissiveness.
“If the couple is open and understanding with their partner, then there shouldn’t be many difficulties in the relationship,” Meier said.“And keep the parents informed about the status of their relationship.But when the topic is broached, it’s important to make sure both voices are heard and that they understand each other well.It’s not just one person deciding and the other goes along with it,” Meier said.Bennett, a senior in college, and Thompson, a junior in high school, didn’t think about dating each other when they first met.
“I remember that we were paired up as study buddies for the eight-week session.Even our majors, or in her case future major, were alike. She didn’t jump to conclusions like I (thought) she would’ve. as she asked questions.” The couple has been together for two years and never thinks about their age difference.“To be honest, if (Mia) never told me her age, I would have thought that she was close to the same age as me,” Bennett said.Teen boys also expressed less confidence in navigating relationships than girls of the same age.That helps explain what is fairly common knowledge — age gap relationships among teens tend to be between older males and younger females.But it’s not a sign that the relationship can’t work.