Age gap relationships are growing ever more common, and although the age gaps seem to be getting bigger, it is thought that four years and four months is the perfect age-gap.

Relationships on Female First

Relationships on Female First questioned over 2,000 adults and found that the respondents put the ideal age gap at 52 months.

Despite just under half of the respondents saying that there is no such thing as the ideal age gap, a further 33 per cent of women said they wouldn’t mind their partner being up to seven years older than them.

Oddly, a similar number of women would also be happy to look for a man within the 50-57 age gap!

There was one strict rule that emerged and it was that the man had to be the older person in the relationship.

Only one in a hundred women said that they think the ideal relationship is with a much younger man.

Despite most women believing that the man had to be older, women admitted to judging other women who dated much older men.

Over a third of women believe that if a woman is dating a much older man, he must be very rich and 18 per cent believe that the relationship won’t last.

Maybe not so unbelievably, a quarter of women said that if they saw a younger woman with a much older man, they would tarnish them a gold digger.

Women admitted that they are more financially dependent on men, with 55 per cent saying that they couldn’t afford to pay rent or a mortgage if they were on their own, compared to only 24 per cent of men.

This financial stability was one of the biggest reasons that women often went for older man when choosing a partner.

Other reasons for women choosing older men are that you can learn a different perspective from your partner, as well as your youth rubbing off on the older partner.

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