EarnTheNecklace.com, the world’s largest forum where younger women who are in a relationship with a much older man share their stories and experiences, is weighing in on a recent study showing that men who get remarried are more likely to wed a much younger spouse.
According to a recent study, American men who remarry are more likely to walk down the aisle with a younger woman. This analysis, based upon recently released data from the 2013 American Community Survey, found that approximately 20% of remarried men have a wife who is at least 10 years younger, while a further 18% married a woman six to nine years younger. By comparison, five percent of newlywed men in their first marriage have a spouse who is 10 years younger and 10% married a woman between six and nine years younger. (Source: Livingston, G., “Tying the knot again? Chances are, there’s a bigger age gap than the first time around,” Pew Research web site, December 4, 2014; www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/12/04/tying-the-knot-again-chances-are-theres-a-bigger-age-gap-than-the-first-time-around/.)
“This study confirms what many people already know: that men are more likely to marry a much younger woman the second, third, or fourth time around,” says Riya Beaumont, EarnTheNecklace.com’s content editor. “The same holds true for women who remarry, but the age gap isn’t quite so significant. For the most part, though, women tend to remarry older men.”
While the study doesn’t explain why the age gap widens with second, third, and fourth marriages, there are a number of reasons why the age-gap might widen when people get remarried. For starters, the average age for Americans getting married is 27 for women and 29 for men. Since younger people tend to socialize with their peers and date for a number of years before getting married, it makes sense that those who get married for the first time would be close in age.
The age-gap dating relationship experts at EarnTheNecklace.com understand that with the divorce rate hovering near 50%, it clearly takes more than being the same age to make a marriage work. The older people get, the more established they are in their careers, and the more they really know themselves and understand what they want in a partner. On top of that, those who are in a position to get remarried are, not surprisingly, older and have a wider dating pool to choose from.
“Unfortunately, too many obsess over the age difference between couples. The fact of the matter is, people have different priorities at different stages in their lives,” Beaumont concludes. “Instead of worrying about how much younger or older a spouse is, it’s more important to focus on the ideals that make a marriage succeed, such as love, trust, kindness, and generosity. And if a 50-year-old man finds that in a 30-year-old woman or vice versa, all the more power to them.”
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