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Old 08-08-2017, 01:17 AM
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There are many factors that can put strain on a marriage - money worries, work stress, the demands of a new baby, to name a few. A new study finds that a large age gap between partners may also take its toll.
Researchers found that while both men and women initially report greater marital satisfaction with a significantly younger spouse, this satisfaction may soon dwindle.

Study authors Wang-Sheng Lee, of the Department of Economics at Deakin University in Australia, and Terra McKinnish, of the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado in Denver, recently published their results in the Journal of Population Economics.

As per a 2013 report from the United States Census Bureau, around 10 percent of heterosexual couples and 21 percent of same-sex couples in the U.S. have a partner who is at least 10 years older.

Talking to Medical News Today, Lee said that there has been little research conducted on how large age gaps between married couples influence marital satisfaction.

He said, "When we found a longitudinal data set that allowed us to examine the evolution of marital satisfaction over time for both men and women in the same marriage, we thought it would be very interesting to do the analysis to see what we find."

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The team's findings came from an analysis of 19,914 individuals from more than 7,600 households in Australia, all of whom completed the Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia survey.

The researchers analyzed 13 years of data from married couples, assessing how age gaps between spouses affected their marital satisfaction over time.

In the early years of marriage, the data revealed that men with younger spouses reported greater marital satisfaction, while marital satisfaction was lower for men with older spouses.

"We were not very surprised to find men being more satisfied with younger wives, given the popular 'half your age plus seven' rule that often comes up in male conversation," Lee told MNT.

However, the researchers say that they were surprised to find that women also reported greater marital satisfaction with younger spouses in the early years of marriage, compared with women whose spouses were older.

Lee said, "This is contrary to what previous studies using data on preferences from speed dating studies have found. However, with more gender equality and 'toyboy' relationships on the increase since the 1980s, this was also not completely unexpected. It is just that women have been strategic and not been more explicit in stating their preferences."

Marital satisfaction fades in 6 to 10 years
On further analysis, however, the researchers found that the greater marital satisfaction among couples with a large age gap is short-lived.

The study revealed that the higher levels of marital satisfaction experienced by spouses with younger partners were almost completely eradicated within 6 to 10 years of getting married.

Lee noted that previous studies have indicated that differently aged married couples are more likely to divorce than couples of a similar age, so they were not necessarily surprised by the finding itself.

However, Lee told us that the team was surprised to find just how fast a marriage can start to decline among couples with larger age gaps.
Marital bliss short-lived for spouses with younger partners

Actually, "6 to 10 years" surprises me for how long it lasts...
I would have figured it would fade quicker than that.
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I agree and disagree...

One aspect not taken into account is society's view of marriage in this day and age...

Among other things, the idea of "no fault" divorce and the ease with which vows can be broken legally and so easily has deteriorated the motivation for keeping a lasting marriage...Instead of actually trying, a for signatures on the dotted line and voila...Instant gratification and self service achieved...
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And bucking the trend is ....Surprise surprise...Chuck and Gena Norris

"On November 28, 1998, he married former model Gena O'Kelley, 23 years Norris' junior. "
So they've been married 19 years so far.

What's the secret?
their Faith?... maybe... probably a plus
maybe it's just because HE"S FREAKING CHUCK NORRIS!!!






or could it be...
the TOTAL GYM!!!!???!


TotalGym might be one key to lasting marriages...
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It's just a compilation of statistics proving the obvious. People of different generation ages tend to have different expectations and values. Odds are greater they will find conflict if not boredom with a partner from a different era.

As for me, at 70, I would be happy to be a competing stat by either confirming or disproving the theory. Perhaps marrying my 48 year old neighbor. But I suspect her 68 year old hubby (of more than 30 years) and my 65 year old wife (of 49 years) would make it difficult to accomplish.

So my contribution to the science must be omitted.

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Back in our 40's a real good friend of mine had a HAWT little 20 year old girlfriend, she was great, he said for an hour or two at a time. Then they had very little to talk about and less in common. I was sad when she left.
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