Thrown together at work, school and by special interest groups, people of very different ages often work closely together.
The Internet also makes it easy to meet people from all walks of life who live around the world.
"People seemed to feel they had the right to comment on our relationship simply because of the age gap." On the other hand, Sarah Bannister, who has been married for 11 years, has never felt the age gap in her relationship - 15 years - has been an issue: "I'd always liked older men, and there was a 17 year age gap between my parents so it was normal to me.
Amelia was in a relationship with a man 19 years her senior for nearly 3 years.
More so than you’re willing to reveal to your parents–let’s just put it that way.
As if the world of dating didn’t already have enough nuances and complications, differences in age between you and your significant other can be a common source of complication.
He is everything you’ve been looking for and more: handsome, successful, smart, and funny.
Depending on what phase of your life you currently find yourself in (college, your first job, or divorced in your 40s), it can be hard to get to a deeper level with someone who’s just not in the same place.
Spending prolonged time in close contact, working on something that incites both people's passions, can naturally lead to friendship and even romance.
As long as both partners are legal adults, a romantic relationship can flourish, but a 10-year age gap can present special challenges.
Londoners are the most laid back when it comes to dating and age differences and would go 10 years either way if it meant finding the right person to settle down with.
In Liverpool, singles would happily date someone who had a 25 year age difference, much like the over 55s.