Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

How do people really feel about age gaps when dating?

rexfeatures_5074103w.jpg

When it comes to finding the perfect partner, how much older or younger would you go? Just one year either side? Five years? Ten years?

We’ve all got ideas about what can and can’t work for us, but according a new poll the clichés may be true; men and women do approach the subject from opposite ends.

Underscoring certain stereotypes, the poll reveals that men are more likely than women to date a younger partner, while the opposite is true for romance with somebody older.

Beyonce and Jay Z

Beyonce and Jay Z: Beyonce is 34 while Jay Z is 45, giving them an eleven year age gap

The survey, carried out by mysinglefriend.com, asked 1,000 single people in the UK about their thoughts on age gaps when dating.

On average, the male participants said they would to date a person up to 10 years younger than them, while the average answer for women was that they'd go no lower than four years and nine months below their own age.

When it came to dating above their age however, the average answer from female particpants was that they’d ideally like to date somebody six years and eight months older than them.

The men who responded meanwhile, said they’d be reluctant to date a partner who was more than four years and 10 months beyond their own age.

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling: Mendes is 41 while Gosling is 34, giving them a seven year age gap

Attitudes to age gaps do appear to mellow in both camps as we get older though. A quarter of 34 to 44 year olds revealed they’d happily date a person up to 10 years their junior, while one in six would date a person 15 years younger than them.

London came out as the area with the most relaxed approach to dating and age, with one in six Londoners saying that they’d be happy with a 10 year age gap in either direction.

That said, one in 12 Liverpudlian participants revealed that they’d happily date somebody a quarter of a century younger. Something Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have almost achieved with their 23-year age gap.

 

Related

Katy Perry Machu Picchu.JPG

This week's A-list Instagram highlights

most-desirable.jpg

The most desirable traits men and women seek in long-term partners

ThinkstockPhotos-488054692.jpg

More women over 35 are now having babies than those under 25

rexfeatures_5147839r.jpg

Tom Hiddleston gets naked for feminism

StylistSuffragette.jpg

The politics of being a woman

ThinkstockPhotos-476997344.jpg

And the best part of London to live is...

ThinkstockPhotos-186251428.jpg

Powerful graphic shows what it's like to suffer from anxiety

rexfeatures_4131130i.jpg

#ShoutYourAbortion trends worldwide as women breakdown stigma

ThinkstockPhotos-464411916.jpg

Find yourself overthinking everything?

Comments

More

How it feels to be a woman in America right now

"There is a sense of impending doom"

02 Dec 2016

Viewers slam Eamonn Holmes for ‘sexist’ treatment of GBBO's Candice

“He’s making me so uncomfortable – poor Candice”

by Kayleigh Dray
02 Dec 2016

The 12 surprising health benefits of mulled wine

Mulled wine, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways…

by Kayleigh Dray
02 Dec 2016

Pensioner, 89, offered bar job after "stop me dying from boredom" ad

We love a story with a happy ending

by Kayleigh Dray
02 Dec 2016

Bake Off fans, you can now apply to be on Channel 4’s GBBO

On your marks, get set, baaaaake…

by Kayleigh Dray
02 Dec 2016

Inventor of new £5 note brands vegans “stupid” over animal fat debate

"It's stupid. It's absolutely stupid."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
02 Dec 2016

Baby it’s Cold Outside has been given a feminist makeover

The troubling Christmas song has been transformed into an epic consent anthem

by Kayleigh Dray
02 Dec 2016

You’d be more productive if you could work from a café, study finds

Tell your boss.

by Moya Crockett
02 Dec 2016

The best low-alcohol swaps for your favourite beers, wines and spirits

Time for a booze-not-booze?

by Amy Swales
01 Dec 2016

Dorchester issues “disgusting” list of beauty demands to female staff

Women have been told to shave their legs and wear full make-up

by Sarah Biddlecombe
01 Dec 2016