Are Indians Embracing Age-Gap Relationships?
NEW DELHI, (IANS) – Age differences have long been a dating taboo that frequently splits people’s perceptions. While many of us have a difficult time dealing with our age, this problem often applies to dating situations as well. What is a suitable age difference? How young is too young, or how old is too old? Is it only for the extremely wealthy, well-known, and modern?
According to a recent study by Bumble, Indian singles are embracing love in various forms and approaching dating with a more emancipated and equal mindset as societal conventions change. A new dating trend called ‘Gen-Blend Romances’ is emerging.
The way people approach the age ‘criterion’ in relationships is changing. Bumble’s new study indicates that 81 percent of Indians surveyed believe that age is just a number and does not determine the success of a relationship.
We are also witnessing outdated and antiquated beliefs about gender and power dynamics in relationships evolving. 84 percent of Indians surveyed believe that age gap relationships are now more accepted than in the past. Interestingly:
It’s not just in the movies: 76 percent of Indians surveyed say that age gap relationships are no longer an idealized concept portrayed in movies or celebrity relationships.
It matters less with time: 74 percent of Indians surveyed say that age gap relationships become less significant as partners get older.
In India, dating pressures persist and can be restrictive as one grows older. Almost 2 in 5 (39 percent) of single women surveyed admit that it becomes more difficult to date as they get older, especially for millennial women (44 percent) compared to Gen Z (35 percent). Additionally, 33 percent of Indians surveyed say that fear of judgment from family and friends makes it challenging for them to be open-minded about age gap relationships.
Bumble’s Relationship Expert addresses some concerns when it comes to age-gap relationships:
The power balance is often imbalanced in age-gap relationships. This may include a wealth gap. It is important to establish boundaries regarding finances from the beginning and assert what both partners need to feel empowered. Openly communicate about shared finances, money management, budgeting, and lifestyles to understand what works best for both individuals.
Future goals and priorities may change with time. Both partners may have pressing questions about the future and different priorities in life. Discuss this early on in the relationship to find a balanced approach that works for both of you.
Intimacy could be a significant issue. If emotional and physical intimacy needs vary, communicate openly, listen without judgment, and find a middle ground. Discover shared interests, make plans, and, most importantly, follow through with them.