They may impugn the motives of the younger person ("Gold digger!
"), or imply that it's all about sex ("You sly devil, you!
Although differences in maturity may prove difficult for some couples, particularly those where the female is in her early 20s and lacks significant life experience, such relationships may be a good fit for others couples -- a woman in her 30s with an established career and a man in his 50s, for example.
Both older men and younger women may enjoy the different perspective that their partners offer.
If your love is true, you'll help everyone involved work through these issues and more.
And both you and your 11th-hour soulmate will congratulate yourselves for having the gumption to step off the cakewalk of same-age coupling.
If they are grown, it may strike them as practically incestuous to learn that Mom or Dad is dating someone their same age.
Indeed, studies by the Max Plank Institute of Germany have even found that such age-disparity relationships can lead to older men living longer.
En español | You've fallen for someone 20 years younger, and he/she for you.
Friends say you're "infatuated" — why can't they see you're in love?
Maybe, but I suspect another dynamic is at work: Women don't want to feel maternal about a lover, nor do they want to see themselves as a mother figure in a lover's eyes.
This aversion may have stopped some women cold who were hot for younger men.