Relationships

Science reckons this is the ideal age gap for a lasting relationship

By Marni Dixit December 1, 2017
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So, how important is the age gap in your relationship? Well according to a study, it could be the difference between your relationship lasting or ending in divorce!

A study from Emory University in Atlanta has revealed a larger age gap between partners increases a couple's chance of divorce.

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Even if the gap is small, like five years, you're still at a higher risk of divorce than a couple who are the same age. 

A five year age gap means you're 18 percent more likely to divorce with the rate increasing to 39 percent in couples with a ten year age gap and then up to 95 percent if there’s a 20 year age gap!

This is likely to be caused by the fact the partners probably have conflicting goals and interests at different stages in their lives.

Age Gap

If there’s a large age gap a couple’s sex life will also be strained as a woman’s sex drive increases in middle age and sexual function declines for men.

The study found that the ideal age gap is just one year, as chances of divorce drop to just three percent!

While this might seem a little gloomy, there is a bright side! If you stay together for just two years you will be 43 percent less likely to split up, and if you can make it to ten years you’ll be 94 percent less likely to divorce. 

Phew!

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