Dating someone younger—whether you’re two or three years his senior or are talking cougar territory—certainly can work (look at Eva Longoria and her 4-years younger beau), but being an “older woman” in a relationship does tend to come with certain perks and downfalls.If you want to make things work, be sure you can handle the following. Men reach their sexual prime in their twenties due to a spike in testosterone, while women typically reach theirs in their 30s and 40s.According to the study, the couples with the best chance are those where a woman with a superior education marries a man who is five or more years older than herself. By comparison, a marriage where a woman partners an equally poorly educated male divorcee who is five or more years her junior is up to five times more likely to fail.The study is good news for David Cameron, 43, and wife Samantha, 38.“Age is nothing but a number”, they say, and yet the coupling of an older woman and a younger man often evokes a number of reactions from raised eyebrows to labels like cradle-snatchers, and, of course, the ubiquitous Mrs Robinson."Age is nothing but a number", they say, and yet the coupling of an older woman and a younger man often evokes a number of reactions from raised eyebrows to labels like cradle-snatchers, and, of course, the ubiquitous Mrs Robinson. For men - the idea of being with an older woman, whether it remains a mere lust-worthy fantasy as a teen, or one that turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy - is akin to a badge of honour or a rite of passage, but that's just a part of it.
It requires great maturity and equanimity to consistently set limits but not excessive ones, remain calm, and collaboratively solve problems with your child.
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama, 48, and wife Michelle, 45, may have only a three-year difference in age but have been married for 17 years.
But the study may not be welcomed by Michael Douglas, 65, and his 40-year-old wife Catherine Zeta-Jones – the research suggests a marriage is more likely to fail if only one partner has been previously divorced, and Douglas was married once before.
Five years later they followed up 1,074 of the couples to see which had separated.
Using the data collected about their age, education, nationality and previous relationships, they found the factors that many of those who broke up had in common.