They both scoffed at the notion of a “dating formula.” ”That’s rich, really rich. (He) probably thought that this would help keep older guys away from his daughter, or something like that.” Throughout the 2000s, the longitudinal Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study by Peggy Giordano proposed that girls tend to be more mature in relationships because of the intimate bonds they commonly develop with same-sex peers.I can’t believe that someone made something like that …,” Bennett said before trailing off in a fit of laughter. Female maturity, both emotional and physical, is often two years ahead of their same age male counterparts, the study said.“Risks of forced or unwanted sex are higher when you have an older male partner.And risks of depression and lowered self-esteem are higher when you have an older male partner.When she finally decided to break it off, she realized her relationship was already, well, broken.Her “‘boyfriend” of three years was still with his last girlfriend and only dated her to see what someone younger was like. “I can’t believe how easily I was dragged into that!
It’s not just one person deciding and the other goes along with it,” Meier 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.I mean, he was nine, nearly 10 years older than me.Maybe it would work for someone, but it will end up in heartbreak.A relationship like that was doomed from the start.” Is society learning to become more comfortable with greater age gaps, especially among teens and young adults?If you polled parents, they’d probably hope that trends aren’t heading in that direction, Meier said.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.“In terms of it being problematic, there are two sides to the coin,” said Meier, who studies the effects of adolescent sex on mental health.Based on the formula, a 21-year-old could date someone as young as 17, an 18-year-old could be with a 16-year old, and a 16-year-old with a 15-year-old.Having a partner who is much older or younger has become somewhat trendy in today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, perhaps even more so among young adults.