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Researchers Reveal the Ideal Age Gap to a Long & Successful Marriage

Researchers Reveal the Ideal Age Gap to a Long & Successful Marriage

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It’s a scientific fact that women mature faster than men. If you don’t believe me then believe the facts of a 2013 study. According to research conducted at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, as the brain matures it begins to ‘prune’ information that is stored and focus on what is important. For girls this process can begin as early as 10-years-old, while for boys it can take until between 15 and 20 for the same development. Ultimately, girls can develop up to ten years earlier than boys, which explains why women often date older men.

While dating an older man may seem like the answer to men’s sluggish pruning process, we should be mindful of the age gap. According to another study conducted in 2014, there is an ideal age gap that will ensure your relationship will work. Researchers from Emory University examined 3,000 married people. They discovered couples with a five-year age gap are 18 percent more likely to break up, those with a 10-year age gap are 39 percent likely to split and couples with a 20-year age gap, welp the statistics aren't looking very hopeful, with chances of separation rising to 95 percent.

The reason couples with a large age gap are more likely to split compared to same-age couples or couples with just a one-year age gap (which is the sweet spot with only a three percent chance of failure) is because of conflicting goals and interests at different stages in their lives.

Now I am sure researchers are not suggesting it is impossible for couples with a large age gap to have a long and successful marriage, it will just take more of an effort.

Written by Nikki Shariee
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