The Age Old Question…

So way back in the day I asked you all what you wanted to hear. Among the great comments, I got this one from Staci:

How about age as a topic?

I know it’s totally acceptable for a man to date a younger woman, but what about when a woman dates a younger man? It’s still considered taboo! I’m currently dating a guy that’s 5 years younger than me. Yeah, it is a little weird. It’s sometimes difficult to tell if his actions are due to his age or not. Time will tell? Anyway it’d be interesting to hear other’s thoughts.

So what do you think? When, if ever, does age matter?

To me it seems the older you get, the more year-notches on the belt,  the less important it is. My mom dated a man 5 years older than her and it wasn’t even discussed. My twenty-something friend is dating a man 5 years older than her and it is a topic, but still, not too bad. When I dated a man 5 years older than me when I was 15, that was an issue.

(this is fact did not happen but is a hypothetical 15-year-old me)

It also could be more of a “where you are in life” situation than actual age. So for example, in Staci’s situation, even though this man might be 5 years younger, if he is looking to settle down/has the same career goals/wants the same things in life, maybe it isn’t an issue at all.

According to my mathematical friend, your appropriate dating age is your age, divided by two, plus 7.

So 24/2+7= 19. Ewe.

But what happens when your friends and his his friends have a mutual get together? Is it oldies in one corner and youngins in the other? How does that work?

So what do you think? Anyone else have an age difference dating situation?

Let’s talk.

Happy Thursday y’all!

Lauren Schaefer

Lauren Schaefer is a nonprofit event planner, comedy improviser, avid blogger and New York City single lady. She documents her own new journey as a young professional in New York at her blog From the Fifth Floor.

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