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The statistics are indeed gloomy, and reflect a negative correlation between large age gaps and relationship longevity, with the rate of divorce getting higher as the age gap increases. And beyond that sweet, sweet chemistry, there are so many variables that need to fall into place for a relationship to be sustainable. And if that chemistry is truly fire, we work to make them line up. There are a million reasons we can find or create for why a relationship won’t work out.

This is true for couples with a fifteen-year age gap, and this is true for couples with a thirty-second age gap.

Take, for example, my lack of knowledge on personal finances and ample usage of the word “lit,” in juxtaposition with David’s affinity for complete grammatical sentences via text, and his flagrant dismissal of Lady Gaga’s artistic genius.

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Most of us know a 45-year-old who behaves like an incensed preteen barred from attending her friend’s slumber birthday party, or a Bodhisattva-esque 12-year-old with an inherent understanding of the tides. In today’s dating world, there is no clear-cut line for when an age gap in a romantic relationship goes beyond the socially acceptable and becomes creepy.

And some simply do not give a fuck about the age gap at all.

“I gravitate towards women who are exploratory, have an internal locus of control and are not set in her ways,” says David, a 37-year-old industrial organizational psychologist in DC.

Consent is imperative; not exploiting people and not letting other people exploit you is imperative.

But don't be afraid to celebrate and embrace the thrill that there are more options for your romantic life than there ever was for your no-good-dirty-rotten-cradle-robbing-great-great-grandfather.

But not all young people are energetic and flighty. Maybe you’re drawn to women who are passionate, outspoken and slightly nihilistic, and historically you’ve dated a lot of Argentine women.

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