A Parship study (together with INNOFACT) from 2019 in Germany found that most women and men would like an age difference of 1 to 5 years. The man should be the older one.
So the opinions on this topic have not changed that much? Only 20 percent of all men and women say they don't care about age.
Only 22 percent of all women can imagine a younger man. After all - that's a change compared to grandma's times, isn't it?
So I'm completely out of character again. My husband is 14 years younger than me. And I see this trend again and again in individual couples. 25 years ago I was almost alone in this. But my great-grandmother had already prepared that for me: At the time, she married a man who was 7 years younger and also a Protestant, which was completely impossible in a Catholic village.
Conversely, it is still more socially tolerated: if the man is significantly older than his partner.
My husband and I are doing really well. However, at first I had a lot of difficulties with tolerating our age difference and I was almost ashamed of it. Now I think it's great to have a young man by my side (but he's also 50 now!).
As a friend once said to me when I wanted to complain to her that my partner is so much younger: "You deserve it, dear Regina!" And she said it with conviction - a whole new perspective.
How do you feel about this topic? Is an older woman an option for you as a man? If so, how much older can she be? Or should she rather be (much) younger? And you as a woman, can you imagine a big age difference either way?