Scientists are claiming that they found the deciding factor for a strong relationship. Based on research done at Emory University in Atlanta, there is a mathematically determined perfect age difference that can boost your chances of having a strong long-term relationship.
The study and statistics
There were 3000 people who participated in the study, and all of them have been married for at least once in their lives. The interesting thing the scientist have found was that the higher the age difference is, the higher is the risk of breaking up. This can’t all be as definite as it seems, but at least it can explain the fights and struggles the couples are having at different phases in their life. This could be due to partners different tendencies towards interests and aims.
The researchers gave more specific statistics that say that the risk of breaking up for couples with more than 5 years of age difference is 18%. If the age difference is 10 years, the risk grows dramatically — up to 30%. And for couples with 20 or more years of age difference, the prognostications are really negative because the risk of breaking up is 95%.
The other parameters looked into are having children before marriage, having a common child, the duration of dating, the costs from the wedding, education, and many other determinants. Another interesting thing is if the partners have a huge difference in education, the risk of breaking up is 43%.
Now, the thing you are here for – the perfect age differences is one year. These are the couples that have the highest likelihood of staying together — the chance of breaking up is less than 3%. This could be because their life goals and values are really different. People with a notable age distinction see the world in very different tones and the possibilities that their hobbies and dreams are alike are really low.
Like in many other rules in the world, there are exceptions. This is just some data that can explain a particular tendency but doesn’t mean that every single couple in the world operates this way. You don’t have to be worried if you are in a relationship with someone older than you. What is important in every relationship are feelings, common respect, and comfort.