Personally, I think that age gap, or the lack there of, is such a strange meter for compatibility. I was older than my first husband by 3 years and I'm 6 months younger than my current beau.  Three of my friends at work (both men and women) are dating people significantly younger than they are and seem to be in relational bliss. So given what I am surrounded by I was surprised to read an old stereotype still seems to still ring true for so many. As reported by a recent survey, more people than ever think that a romantic relationship is ideal when it’s between an older man and a younger woman. Specifically, four years and four months older, which was the average “ideal” age gap .

While slightly less than half of people said there was no ideal age gap, 33% of women wanted a guy up to seven years older than them, while only one out of a hundred women preferred a younger man.