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8 Vital Things Women Forget To Consider Before Dating An Older Man

Getting into a relationship is an exciting thought. For women, it is a little bit tricky because we tend to emotionally mature much faster than men. So, when we find someone who is our age and is mature, we tend to keep them. Many other ladies also just accept the truth that their boyfriends might be a little bit immature when compared to them, and move on with life.

Some women resort to dating an older man. This is a very common occurrence, but the woman then needs to consider a few things before getting more serious in the relationship.

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Here are a few things that women generally forget to think about when they decide to date an older man:

1. He is so much older

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Well, in the excitement of dating someone who has his head in the right place, women sometimes forget that he is much older and is not going to stay the same age forever. As they get older, they are also going to face a lot of trouble because she is much younger.

The phases of life that she is currently experiencing are the ones he has experienced already. He might be able to understand them, but he might not be able to relate to what she is feeling anymore.

2. With age comes a lot of problems

Well, if she is 25 and is dating someone who is a decade older than her, then it works for that timeframe. But a 30-something-year-old man might try to dominate in a relationship with a younger woman unless she is astonishingly headstrong. He might hit a mid-life crisis soon and the expectations of the relationship might change.

When older men dating younger women realize this, they either learn to keep up with the pace of their lady love, or the woman has to either understand his problems and deal with them or reconsider the relationship altogether.

3. Difference in physical strength

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She wants to go on a trek, he might just want to sit in a fancy hotel room and sip on scotch or whiskey for a vacation. Because she is young, she might want to try something more physically demanding and adventurous. She will have to understand that her boyfriend is much older and he might not really have the energy to do these activities with her.

Dating an older man could definitely mean that there is going to have to be some compromise when it comes to the things that they do together. He might be interested and enthusiastic, but their energy levels could vary considerably. But, there are couples that are the same age at heart, and those couples make the best team for all kinds of activities.

4. How is she going to tell her peeps?

For a woman, it is really important that her family and friends approve of her choice in mate. If things get serious enough for the couple to meet the families, it is really not that much of a problem for the man, but the younger woman might face more social scrutiny. Parents may not approve of someone who is much older than she is.

Her friends, on the other hand, might find older men rather boring and not too much fun. While they might think he is a good guy, there are always chances that they will not really want to hang out with him. Ladies often forget to consider these things and end up with a man who is much older than them and have difficulties later.

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5. He might get a little bit dominating

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With age comes a certain kind of wisdom and sometimes a bit of dominance. Older people get used to a certain kind of living and there is a very small chance that they will want to change that. If the girl is a little messy and irresponsible, he might start to snap at her and the little things can turn into big ones even before the couple realizes it.

He might also try to use his experience as examples to keep her from doing a few things that she actually wants to do. If he was in an accident on a particular trip, he might not let her try it out for herself because of the risks. The girl here needs to be strong about what she wants to do and how she wants to do it. She also needs to be clear about making her own mistakes and learning from them, rather than take a leaf out of his life experiences and not try anything herself. If this persists more often, she could find herself in a suppressive relationship.

6. Generation gap

In this day and age, there is a generation gap between people who are even four years apart. What is going to happen when there is a gap of over 6-7 years between a couple? Either they are going to be very respectful towards each other’s thought processes, or there will be some serious conflicts.

Women can sometimes get into the relationship thinking that they have fully matured, but there are times when inexperience may kick in. The initial days of the relationship might not have these issues, but if they crop up, there is no end to it. Every little fight and argument is going to end with someone bringing up the younger partner’s immaturity or the older partner’s jaded and possibly cynical view of the world. That is definitely not a sign of a healthy relationship.

7. The gap in financial situations

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An older man is probably going to be more financially stable than a younger woman in most of these relationships. This is the conventional situation. While convention is generally normal for most people, this could create issues down the road when you’re dating an older man. No matter what the relationship is like, she might start to feel a little bit inferior because her man is making a lot more money than she is.

This is especially true if the man is always showering her with presents and ensuring that she is living in luxury and she is unable to do the same for him. This can cause issues to arise if the woman begins to feel uncomfortable about this aspect of the relationship.

8. The difference in lifestyles


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She is young and likes to go clubbing with friends, get drunk, and dance until the sun rises before she gets into bed with her boyfriend. He is not-so-young and wants to probably get a few beers with a good movie or Netflix. While both the lifestyles can be accommodated in a relationship, there are always going to be times when neither partner wants to make the compromise.

This is something that both partners should consider before beginning a relationship. She thinks that he is going to make the compromise when she wants him to and she will also be happy to make it. These differences in lifestyles are actually huge, but they can be sorted. There might be arguments and fights along the way, and couples should consider if these are worth it and if a mutually agreeable solution can be found.

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Given all the differences and the gaps that can come into the picture, we cannot possibly claim that age is only a number. There are couples that have managed these differences well and maintain a healthy and happy relationship. An older man is always going to be really protective about his lady, and will also provide her with all the time and space she needs. They can end up with each other or not, but if the relationship ends, it is always going to be a sweet memory for both of them.

Men like to be the protectors, and women generally love to be pampered. A young woman dating an older man can be the ideal situation. These relationships are the best if they click and turn out to be examples for everyone around them.

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8 Things Women Fail To Consider When Dating An Older Man
Nowadays, dating an older man is almost normal. But the younger women in such relationships fail to consider these 8 vital things. Find out what they are...
Neha Baid

Neha Baid

A media graduate, Neha Baid is an always traveling freelance writer and editor. Aside from being an ardent reader, she is very passionate about traveling and cricket. A fan of the classic rock era of music, she believes that there is nothing that chocolate cannot fix. Food and exercise are also a perfect alternative.