Skip Nav
Halloween
Elvis and Audrey Costume Ideas For Couples That Will Be a Big (Little) Hit This Halloween
Relationships
25 Unforgettable Halloween Costume Ideas For Same-Sex Couples
Sex
Follow the (Zodiac) Signs to Great Sex

What Age Difference Is Too Much?

When I read the news that Ashley Olsen and Lance Armstrong were spotted out on the town, I was a little shocked. Not only do they seem like an odd couple, but there's also quite an age difference between them: She is 21, and he is 36. Do you think a 15-year age difference in a relationship is too big? If not, what age difference is too large?

Source

Join The Conversation
annonymous-chik annonymous-chik 7 years
im only 18 and with a 31 one year old and we real happy going on one year now so im not one to judge
annonymous-chik annonymous-chik 7 years
age just a number. if your legal and up for it then whos to stop u
kh61582 kh61582 9 years
I have always been interested in older men. I'm 22 and i can't fathom finding someone worth dating whose younger than 35. I just don't like the way younger guys dress or how they act. I don't feel that it's gross. I'm a little disturbed about anybody dating one of the Olsen girls because they look like aliens but the age differences in and of itself doesn't bother me. No age difference is too big. it depends on the people. I'm 22 if I were to date someone who was 53 for me that's fine because I have the maturity to handle it. Most 22 year old girls are too immature and superficial. it's all about whether you have the maturity to understand that a relationship with an age difference is going to be different and you're going to deal with some ridicule but if you care for the person and you can handle it then who cares as long as you're happy.
cloeyxd cloeyxd 9 years
Half the eldest persons age and then add 7. That's the lowest they should be dating at. >_> Or at least, that's how I learnt it. ^_^ It's just a silly little rule, I guess it just depends on the maturity of each person. :)
mlen mlen 9 years
i think its hard to say. my grandparents were 15 years apart and happily married. i'd have a hard time with much over 5 years. however my last bf was 5 years older than me and turned out to be way less mature- so the age part wasn't the factor. i agree with one comment above in that the ages you are makes a difference too. when a person is in their early 20s and dating someone mid 30s- they are at very different places in life (he's divorced with a few kids!) but when you are in your mid 30s dating someone in their late 40s say, there might not be as many differences at all. so really- who is to say what is good! in their case here though- as someone pointed out, since she's grown up in the public eye and still thought of as a kid practically- its hard to picture her with him!
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I think over 20 years. Like if you are 20 and your guy is 60 or so.
punjabibyotch punjabibyotch 9 years
My boyfriend of three years is 7 years older than me, so i'd say anything more than 10 years
tagen22 tagen22 9 years
I think the only age difference that gets insanely creepy is like Anna Nicole Smith and what's his name.. that 90-year-old dude. If you're young and vivacious and the guy you're dating should be a nursing home then it's a bit much. But I've dated someone 28 years older than me, and it was fabulous. I would love to go out with Robert Redford and he's like 40 something years older than me.. so who knows. If you connect, go for it. :)
remedios remedios 9 years
It's relative to the age the people are at the time. 15 years between a 10 year old and a 25 year old is very different (obviously) than 15 years between a 50 year old and a 65 year old. There's no clear cut line for everyone. It depends on their maturity, life experiences, interests, etc. A 36 year old that likes to go out a lot might have more in common with a 21 year old than someone closer in age.
kkane kkane 9 years
there is a 14/15 year difference between me and my boyfriend. I am 36, He is 51. However I dont think there is a better man for me anywhere on this planet. My ex husband was 10/11 years older, and it totally didnt work. He was actually too 'parental'. My boyfriend, being older, is actually 'younger' than my ex. So i think its really individual, about personalities. That being said, its a bit weird in some ways- he has grandchildren who are 4 and 5 and my own kids are 6 and 9. He has had to 'start over' with mine. It caused some problems at first, he has gone from complete freedom to do anything and go anywhere, to being bound by them somewhat(helps a bit my ex and i have shared custody so we get a fair amount of couple time). Its about love, and for him to make some sacrifices just reinforces to me how he feels. I do have to say however, that as I truly believe this is the only man i have ever loved (or will), i do get scared thinking i might be alone for a while (way down the road). So we are living in the now i guess. Bear with me, but i should add that my 'neice in law' who is 15, is seeing a man who is 26, and i dont agree with it at all. it may sound hypocritical, but i think that she is far too young for that. So am agreeing with others here that a big age difference can matter depending on the age of the youngest person in the relationship. as for lance and ashley- its ok i think, she is more grown up than most would be at her age i suspect.
georgie2 georgie2 9 years
I feel that the age difference matters less as you get older...
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
I think it depends more on where the people are in life and if they're compatable, rather than the number of years between them.
anaid anaid 9 years
I tend to fall for older guys, but I put my cap at 10 years older than me (the man I've loved most was 8 years older than me). I don't think age matters too much. I put a limit on myself because its my preference but concerning other people it doesn't make a difference to me. Love is love!
LauraRogers LauraRogers 9 years
Age diff. alone says nothing. I know incredibly immature 50-year-olds, I know incredibly mature 21-year-olds. If they are at the same place in their lives and the same maturity level, why not? Isn't it interesting, though, how we most often see older man-younger woman pairings? I wonder why that is?
jen22 jen22 9 years
Age ain't nothing but a number.
kgtg1 kgtg1 9 years
Eh.. my boyfriend is 31, I'm 22. I've dated guys my age but it never seemed to work. I know it sounds bad, but I am easily swayed by people around me to go out, get drunk, be hungover at work, etc. I feel like that is how most 22 y/o guys are, and I hate it! I hate being hungover at work and feeling like I am too immature to deal with real life. Honestly, I have no qualms about olden women dating younger guys, but let's face facts - women are more mature than men! Even with out 9 year difference, I feel like my boyfriend and I are in the same place - we want to stay home and watch movies and eat popcorn, maybe have a glass of red wine. I don't want to go back to dating a guy who does Jagr Bombs all night and then pees his pants in my car (yes, this has happened). I love the boring life, what can I say?!
lms lms 9 years
I think it depends on the individuals. My Dad is 18 yrs older than my Mom. Her boyfriend now is 23 yrs older. I have only dated someone 4 yrs older. However, I did see a man the other day that was probably in his 50's or 60's and he was extremely handsome. The problem with these two is that she looks like a little girl.
demeter demeter 9 years
If they're over 18 who cares? Besides, isn't the Hayden/Milo age difference much bigger than these two?
Ashley Olsen Wearing Jeans
Signs Your Significant Other Is Head Over Heels
How to Dress Like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Reasons to End Your Friendship
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds