Not surprisingly, the wider the age gap the wider the controversy.If you're a dad with a 20 something year old daughter, how would you handle your little darling dating someone who is your own age? An aligning of planets given that girls mature faster than boys?Anyone who’s been in a serious long-term relationship knows the journey isn’t without certain challenges, and when you’re dating an older man—we’re talking a decade or more—things can get even trickier.
I even tried it when my boyfriend and I took a short break, and I found it was painstakingly difficult and more complicated than my experience dating an older guy. The texting games (How long should I wait to text him back? It’s exhausting), the fear of commitment that plagues most twentysomethings, and the simple fact that most guys my age aren’t as emotionally mature as I am.Evolutionary psychologists say that relationships like this often occur because while fertility lasts only from puberty to menopause in women, it starts at puberty and can extend long into midlife for lots of men.That means there’s a strategic advantage for women to snag an older gent—he’s had more time to accumulate resources and stability than his younger counterparts, which could make him a more viable partner and father.The only thing comparable to a cougar for insanity, health-risk and awesometicity is the White Castle chicken ring. Why don't you let Ben Franklin answer that question?He was not only our wisest Founding Father, he was also our smoothest playboy.