"Since marrying a younger husband deviates from what is regarded as normal, these couples could be regarded as outsiders and receive less social support.
Men in their 40s tend to marry women about seven years younger, men in their 50s marry women 11 years younger, and men in their 60s marry women 13 years younger.
Still, the optimistic outlook for May-December marriages may be masking the mortality issue; who knows how many might have ended in divorce if hubby hadn't died first, notes a 2005 government study of United Kingdom marriages since 1963. Although more research is called for, a preliminary finding of that same U. study may offer a ray of hope -- there doesn't appear to be any strong association between age differences and the probability of divorce.
So, the next time Hugh Hefner gets engaged to a 20-something or Buzz Aldrin dates someone 30 years his junior, perhaps we should encourage them; chances are, their marriages won't end in divorce.
And, even if Demi and Ashton don't make it, we shouldn't give up hope on December-May marriages, either; if Hugh Jackman, 42, and his 55-year-old wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, can last for 15 years -- happily, one presumes -- so can the rest of us.
According to a survey by dating website Elite Singles, 20-something men actually have a preference for older women three to six years older than themselves.
The biological theory has always been men prefer younger women because they are likely to bear more children, while women prefer older men because they offer resources and stability.This affirms the stereotype that younger women do seek older men because they tend to be emotionally mature, have more financial freedom, and have an established career that lets them devote more time to a relationship and fatherhood.Shifting back to the older woman-younger man relationship dynamic, it has garnered a collective gasp from society.Still, despite all the Miss Cougar contests, cougar cruises and cougar how-to dating books, more older women seem to be dating or hooking up with younger men than actually marrying them -- most likely because the women are divorced and aren't too interested in saying "I do" all over again.Although men still skew much younger when looking for love online, most of us tend to marry someone close to our own age.Researchers don't say why, but perhaps it's for the reasons researchers Caron, a professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Maine, and Proulx, a marriage and family therapist, of the 2006 study discovered -- society just isn't ready to accept December-May marriages as easily as it does May-December marriages. Robinson out of our mind, or maybe it's because there just aren't that many of them.