He had no idea what I was going through because he's still in high school.” Emma Post, a junior at Johnson State College, dated a guy 3 years her junior. “I've always had relationships with someone significantly older than me, so it was difficult at first to adjust to the age difference,” Emma said.
Chelsea says the most difficult part of her relationship was when she came to Syracuse University for college.“It was really hard relating to him since I am in college.“Regardless of what age a woman starts indulging her Cougar side, if it's for her, she maintains it throughout her life.” That depends.Twenty-year-old Julie Dexter says she wouldn’t date anyone younger than 17, and even that “is pushing it.” For Chelsea, two years younger is her limit.With less than 2 years age difference between herself and her recent younger ex-boyfriend, Chelsea Citro, a student at Syracuse University (SU), still considers herself a bit of a cougar.
“A college cougar is a girl who dates a guy who is not in college yet,” Chelsea says.
Celebrities like Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz, Ivana Trump, and Linda Hogan all have had significant others more than 10 years their junior.
With age differences sometimes pushing 20, or even 30 years, these couples obviously never learned (or at least, never followed) the “Never date anyone under half your age plus seven” Rule.
Let’s take a look at the main reasons why you may want to consider a younger man for a significant other, as well as reasons why not.
The big benefits of dating a younger man #1 Younger men are often more physically driven.
Hilary says “college girls that date younger men aren't really cougars even if there is a big age difference.” Twenty-two year-old Sanda Micic, a senior at Southern Vermont College, is dating an 18-year-old freshman, and loves it. Fayr Barkley, Human Behavior Research Expert with over 20 years experience researching and writing about human behavior Hilary Ricigliano, Syracuse University student Chelsea Citro, Syracuse University student Atilio Barreda, Brown University student S anda Micic, Southern Vermont College student Emma Post, Johnson Sate College student Julie Dexter Heather is a 2012 graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School with a degree in Magazine Journalism.