Earlier in September 2015 Elena’s Models conducted an online research on preferred age difference in long-term relationships or marriage among the users of our dating site, the results of this survey are available below.
954 respondents answered the poll on 20-21 September 2015, which was accessible for all online users (men and women) who were logged in. Responding to the survey wasn’t compulsory.
Users were asked the question: “What is an acceptable age difference you would consider for a long-term relationship or marriage?”
- The poll offered 6 options, 5 of which displayed numeric age difference brackets, and 1 option that gave a way out (“the age difference should not matter)”.
- A respondent could select only 1 option out of 6.
- Both paid and free members were able to answer the survey.
- Each user could only answer the poll once.
What do our members think about an adequate age difference for a serious relationship?
- 1-2 years: 4.1% (39)
- 3-5 years: 10.9% (104)
- 6-7 years: 11.9% (114)
- 8-10 years: 18.6% (177)
- 11-15 years: 13.2% (126)
- The age difference should not matter: 41.3% (394)
The most popular option chosen by 41.3% of respondents was the non-committal statement, “The age difference should not matter”.
It may be that this option was also selected by survey participants preferring a larger age difference in a pair, which wasn’t included in the numeric options. Seeking a larger gap is usually more typical of older men seeking younger women, according to statistics.
- 15% of users consider the age difference 1-5 years the most acceptable
- 30.5% are comfortable with the age gap of 6-10 years
- 13.2% believe in the optimal difference of 11-15 years
- In total, 58.7% of people prefer age difference of under 15 years
Except for people who didn’t take a pick from the numbers, the preferential choice is obviously the age difference of 6-10 years: Twice as many people chose these options than the ones lower or higher.
The age gap of 6 to 10 years is widely acceptable for women who are seeking long-term partners, and it is also a valid variance in the maturity level with a spouse for younger men under 40.
While it would be nice to think that “age difference should not matter”, the reality of online dating is that generation-wide gaps cause misunderstandings and are proven to contribute to higher rates of relationship breakdown and divorce.
- The preferred age difference was the option of 6-10 years (over 30%), followed by 1-5 years (15%).
- The least popular option was 11-15 years, which lies on the boundary of what we believe is acceptable in a long-term romantic partnership.
- 3 out of 5 people prefer age difference of under 15 years.
The survey demonstrated that a large number of our users (over 41%, or 2 out of 5 people) are in denial about the actual age preferences of their dating counterparts, which are clearly geared towards the gaps under 10 years, preferred by nearly a half of all respondents.