However, regardless of what culture you come from, it is considered acceptable – if not – for the man to be older than the woman.
In 1989, in what was probably the largest study on the issue of age gap in relationships, David Buss surveyed people from 37 cultures and 6 continents.
An 18-year-old's range is 16-22, whereas a 30-year-old's might be more like 22-46. The second graph is labeled Dating Pool, and is a bell curve.]] Woman: Did you analysis say anything about the dating prospects of people who spend weekends at home making graphs? Somewhere at the edge of the bell curve is the girl for me.
But as you get older, the dateable age range gets wider. The first chart is labeled Singles, and is a decreasing graph.
Pop star Shakira is involved with a man 10 years her junior.
Actor Hugh Jackman has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness for 17 years. A recent article in magazine looked at a handful of real-life May-December romances, focusing mainly on those between older women and younger men.
Although this is a fun rule of thumb, what does research say about age preferences for potential mates?