In fact, our psychological and physical development slows, meaning the mental gap between age groups narrows.Think back to your own experiences with your brothers and sisters.
While a little sister two years younger than you seems completely annoying when you are seven, but 10 years down the road, she seems far less immature.
The other beauty about becoming more secure in our identities is that suddenly, society's judgments don't matter as much to us.
People say “age is just a number” all the time, but do they practice what they preach? Age signifies so much more than just a number: it can reflect your maturity, your stage in life, and your experience. Not every 21-year-old is on the same playing field--some are already gearing up for the ninth inning while others are just jumping into the dating game.
As far as relationships go, it can get complicated.
One day, this sister directed a snarky, can’t-tell-if-she’s-kidding, “robbing-the-cradle” comment in my direction.
She, in fact, asked me out first, which was a gesture I greatly appreciated and one that I later reciprocated.
However, I remember that our age difference seemed to be something of a big deal to her sister.
It’s often “different strokes for different folks,” as the old saying goes.
The lyrics to an old TV sitcom—“Diff’rent Strokes” —often reminded me as I was growing up: “What might be right for you may not be right for some.”Many single men (LDS men included) supposedly go by this rule of thumb: “You can date someone who is half your age, plus seven.” As we get older, this allows for more flexibility in age gaps.
Whereas the dating pool at age 21, for example, varies from age 18 to about age 26 or 27, it becomes a whole different dynamic for the mid-singles crowd. Our younger years are prime years for developing and learning much about ourselves.
By age 31, the commonly accepted age range difference can vary between anywhere from those aged 22 or 23 to those in their mid-40s. But, each year as we (hopefully) become another year wiser, we become more secure in ourselves and much more stable in our personalities.