The limited evidence on same-sex couples, however, suggests the prevalence rates are higher. This piece first appeared on The Conversation. So the reality is, while an age gap may bring about some challenges for couples, so long as couples work at their relationship, age should be no barrier. About 25 per cent of male-male unions and 15 per cent of female-female unions demonstrate a large age gap. That is, if people in age-gap couples believe their family, friends and wider community disapprove of their union, then relationship commitment decreases and the risk of break-up increases.
The limited evidence on same-sex couples, however, suggests the prevalence rates are higher.
Why couples with big age gaps are happier, despite the social disapproval
That is, the extent to which someone has "good genes" — indicated by their attractiveness and sense of energy also known as vitality — and the extent to which they are a "good investment" — indicated by their status and resources as well as their warmth and sense of trust. Special exhibition late night opening: Given men cannot bear children, evolution suggests they're attuned to younger women to enhance the chances of partnering with someone who can provide children. Studies have found partners with more than a ten-year gap in age experience social disapproval. Found this article useful? The turn to life in human and environmental health — York, York Special exhibition late night opening: