As we get older, age gaps seem like less of a big deal, with no parental glares or lectures about it being ‘inappropriate’ for you to date someone from two years above you at school.
But does the difference in you and your partner’s age actually make a difference to whether your relationship lasts? Experts seem to think so.
According to a study by Emory University in Atlanta, the bigger the age gap, the greater your chances of ending up in Splitsville. Eek.
Researchers studied 3000 people and found that the chances of you and your partner breaking up increased with the number of years between you.
Couples with five years apart were 18% more likely to break up than partners of the same age, and ten years between partners meant a 39% higher chance of a split.
Things look even worse for lovers who are twenty years apart, who were found to have a 95% chance of going their separate ways. In contrast, a one year gap gave you just a 3% of breaking up.
But, reassuringly, Hugo Mialon, one of the study’s researchers, said: “It could just be that the types of couples with those characteristics are the types of couples who are, on average, more likely to divorce for other reasons.”
Don’t panic, there’s no need to go narrowing your age range on Tinder just yet.