Baby Boomer Dating: Is It Better to Date Someone Within Your Age Range?

By: Len Cruz |

Baby Boomer Couple Dancing Holding Hands on A Tropical Beach

Contrary to what Mark Twain famously quipped, age does matter!

“But it’s just age! What’s important is our love for each other.” Yes, that’s true (in a Hallmark card kind of way), but you cannot deny the impact of a couple’s age in terms of a relationship’s success rate.

Age is one of the most important factors to consider when starting a relationship. Some people consider age as nothing but a number in one’s life; but, that number comes with a certain degree of character and an era of beliefs. Again, age…does…matter, relationship-wise.

Here’s why:

Similar interests

This is one of the most obvious reasons why you should date someone who has the same age as yours. Your fellow mature daters will understand if your idea of a grand date is staying at home while playing cards. You don’t have to apologize or explain why you like it. Heck that can even be the key to her heart! You can even reminisce about what you did during your childhood years without your date giving you a dumbfounded look.

Awkward factor

You can feel more at ease with people who are going through the same things as you are. You can get your date’s utmost attention by simply talking about a busted hip you had a few months ago or what kind of anti-hypertensive drugs you’re taking right now.  You can both do a mortality check for hours on end without feeling awkward.

Lost in generation

You don’t have to decipher what the other one is saying. Googling about Snooki, Lyndsay Lohan, 3D Na ‘Tee or any other celebs that Gen Y’s are into can get pretty tiring and time consuming. Let’s face it; they don’t make you quiver with excitement unlike Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and Johnny Mathis.

The view

Mature people have different views about life than younger ones; this is one of the most crucial reasons why couples (with big age gaps) relationships does not end in bliss.  Older people have higher level of insight. They don’t put too much emotion or thought on simple things like what younger people do. Been there, done that!

Financial issue

Okay, let’s be honest here. Money is a big issue for couples. It will always – in one way or another – boil down to economics. A senior man or woman is more likely to be financially stable than younger ones; be it through their monthly pension or the fact that they saved up a lot. This is not an absolute certainty, but there are far less ‘gold digging’ issues when the couple is of the same age.

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