Even now, if you put me in a bar, the chances of me inadvertently picking the 17-year old who got in with a fake I. Maybe I have some weird with-age-comes-authority thing, but it's probably also because...2. When you're out on a date (or doing private stuff, wink wink), a younger guy is more out to impress than an older one who feels like he's already proved himself in the past. And since we're more apt to expect less from a younger guy, every little thing he does seems above-and-beyond.3. Maybe he had some high school fantasy about fooling around with a teacher or he digs the whole Ashton and Demi thing, but you're automatically considered more of a challenge, more mysterious—and all you had to do was be born before him.4. Of course you're expected to be more mature as you age, but some men interpret this to mean you can no longer be goofy and laugh at yourself. They're not above wearing spandex shorts and eighties sweatbands on Halloween.5. Recognizing this difference will help you to overcome any obstacles that it may present and will get you on your way to asking her out.
While we may usually assume a large age gap indicates an older man, there are plenty of women who date and marry men that are significantly younger (although perhaps not quite as extreme as Brigitte Macron, who is nearly a quarter-century senior to her husband, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France).
Successful couples come from all stories and backgrounds.
That said, age gaps have been proven to cause some unique challenges and complications.
Around their mid-30s, their search preferences include women in their 20s below the age minimum, but by the time they hit 40, these men are back to staying firmly within the acceptable range.
Obviously, the so-called "zone of non-creepiness" is not a hard-and-fast rule; when you are adults of consenting age, no one's going to punish you for violating this arbitrary guideline.