Too big an age gap may take a toll on your mar­riage

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Age may be no bar for most when it comes to love and mat­ri­mony, but a new study sug­gests that the con­tent­ment in such unions fades away over time.

A study sug­gests that mar­riages with large age gaps are less re­silient in the face of eco­nomic down­turns as com­pared to those in which the spouses are of the same age. Re­search from Uni­ver­sity of Colorado at Boul­der, US, re­vealed that men re­ported greater mar­i­tal sat­is­fac­tion, when paired with a younger spouse. Study au­thor Terra McKin­nish said that men, who have younger wives, are the most sat­is­fied and men who are mar­ried to older wives are the least sat­is­fied. “Women are par­tic­u­larly dis­sat­is­fied when they’re mar­ried to older hus­bands and par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fied if they’re mar­ried to younger hus­bands,” McKin­nish added.

That ini­tial sat­is­fac­tion erodes rapidly, how­ever, after 6-10 years of mar­riage for the cou­ples with a big age gap be­tween the part­ners, say re­searchers. “Over time, the peo­ple, who are mar­ried to a much older or younger spouse, tend to have larger de­clines in mar­i­tal sat­is­fac­tion over time com­pared to those who are mar­ried to spouses who are sim­i­lar in age,” McKin­nish noted. One mech­a­nism for this de­cline could be how the age dif­fer­ence be­tween spouses af­fects the cou­ple’s abil­ity to re­spond to eco­nomic set­backs, such as a job loss, McKin­nish said.

PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

Padma Lak­shmi (46) and Sal­man Rushdie (70) were mar­ried for a brief pe­riod

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