People say age don’t matter if you really love each other, but does age difference between a couple really have an impact on success or failure of a relationship? According to a study conducted by Emory University in Atlanta, there’s an ideal difference that can heighten your chances of a lasting relationship.
The study looked at 3000 people, and found that the greater the age gap, the greater the risk of a break-up.Researchers found that couples with a five-year age gap are 18% more likely to split than an equal-age couple, while that figure jumped to 39% with a 10-year age gap. For couples with a 20-year age gap the statistics aren’t looking very hopeful, with chances of separation rising to 95%.
As for that ideal age difference, researches believe that a one-year gap is the sweet spot, with the chances of divorce standing at a much smaller 3%.
“It could just be that the types of couples with those characteristics are the types of couples who are, on average, more likely to divorce for other reason,” said Hugo Mialon, one of the researchers behind the study.