10 year age gap dating
About 25% of male-male unions and 15% of female-female unions demonstrate a large age gap.
But what these trends tell us is that the majority of the population is likely to partner with someone of similar age.
With more women working, in higher positions and being paid more, they no longer have such a reliance on men for resources.
So fewer women will prioritise resources when looking for a mate.
About 1% of age-gap couples involve an older woman partnered with a younger man.
The limited evidence on same-sex couples, however, suggests the prevalence rates are higher.
But because the building of resources takes time, we tend to acquire resources later in life and so are older by the time we have acquired enough wealth and resources to comfortably provide for others.
For this, socio-cultural explanations might provide insights.
As for same-sex couples, there’s very little research.
Some suggest a lack of, or a reduced pool of, suitable age-similar mates may bring about same-sex coupling with large age differences.
This largely has to do with having social circles that generally include peers of similar ages and being attracted to others who are similar.
Similarity entails many things, including personality, interests and values, life goals and stage of life, and physical traits (age being a marker of physical appearance).