Dating a girl 16 years younger
But because teens have an older partner doesn’t mean they experience forced sex.So the risk is higher, but only to that percentage of teens who have an older partner.” It might mean that age gap couples “need to communicate more than they would in a same age relationship,” Meier said.Teen boys also expressed less confidence in navigating relationships than girls of the same age.That helps explain what is fairly common knowledge — age gap relationships among teens tend to be between older males and younger females.Based on the formula, a 21-year-old could date someone as young as 17, an 18-year-old could be with a 16-year old, and a 16-year-old with a 15-year-old.Having a partner who is much older or younger has become somewhat trendy in today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, perhaps even more so among young adults.“It’s also important that girls advocate for what they want, whether it’s sexual or not. Despite how much you feel your partner loves and respects you in the individual relationship, we’re all influenced by broader societal norms.” Jessica Murphy of Apple Valley learned a hard lesson after her relationship with an older man didn’t end “happily ever after.” At 15, she met Devin, a 24-year-old, on a college tour.They might be at a disadvantage because of their status. Being a naive teen, as Murphy put it, she fell for him. As the three years they were together went by, Jessica began to see how much her behavior had changed just to keep Devin.
“In terms of it being problematic, there are two sides to the coin,” said Meier, who studies the effects of adolescent sex on mental health.“If the couple is open and understanding with their partner, then there shouldn’t be many difficulties in the relationship,” Meier said.“And keep the parents informed about the status of their relationship.When she finally decided to break it off, she realized her relationship was already, well, broken.Her “‘boyfriend” of three years was still with his last girlfriend and only dated her to see what someone younger was like. “I can’t believe how easily I was dragged into that!