A relationship like that was doomed from the start.” Is society learning to become more comfortable with greater age gaps, especially among teens and young adults?
If you polled parents, they’d probably hope that trends aren’t heading in that direction, Meier said.
The two-year age gap pattern also shows up in adulthood, with the average age of marriage for women at 25 or 26, and for men at 27 or 28, said Ann Meier, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Societal expectations tend to dictate that the older male-younger female dynamic will create one-sided pressure, and perhaps, submissiveness.
“In terms of it being problematic, there are two sides to the coin,” said Meier, who studies the effects of adolescent sex on mental health.
Bennett, a senior in college, and Thompson, a junior in high school, didn’t think about dating each other when they first met.
“I remember that we were paired up as study buddies for the eight-week session.
“it’s awkward enough already to have a conversation about sex …They both scoffed at the notion of a “dating formula.” ”That’s rich, really rich. (He) probably thought that this would help keep older guys away from his daughter, or something like that.” Throughout the 2000s, the longitudinal Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study by Peggy Giordano proposed that girls tend to be more mature in relationships because of the intimate bonds they commonly develop with same-sex peers.I can’t believe that someone made something like that …,” Bennett said before trailing off in a fit of laughter. Female maturity, both emotional and physical, is often two years ahead of their same age male counterparts, the study said.Teen boys also expressed less confidence in navigating relationships than girls of the same age.That helps explain what is fairly common knowledge — age gap relationships among teens tend to be between older males and younger females.When she finally decided to break it off, she realized her relationship was already, well, broken.