But mysteriously, this phenomenon does not appear to apply to women, where the bigger the age gap, the worse their survival chances, regardless of whether they were younger or older.In the case of women with younger husbands, Drefahl suggested, the gender difference could be due to women being less reliant on their partner for support, and so benefiting less from the energies of a younger spouse.Marriage is, above all, about 50-50 partnership; differences in ages also mean differences in life experience and cultural reference points.
And a 10-year difference makes them 39 percent more likely.
The ability of both members of a couple to sing a favourite childhood television theme tune could bond them together, at the risk of irritating those nearby.
And sharing the joy of getting a free bus pass at a similar time, or saving money from combining big birthday parties, is clearly attractive.
(Or, at any rate, its chances of not ending in divorce.) Its results were visualized by the data scientist Randy Olson, who created a series of charts to illustrate the study's findings.
Today, Olson released another set of visuals—the most intriguing of which focuses on the matter of the age gap.
A younger, healthier partner could make sense, at least from your side of the equation.