As couples stay together, they age together, but do we appear to age at the same rate, and does it worry you if people assume that you are the older of the two, even if you are in fact younger?
I know at least one friend who is five years younger than her husband, but most people assume that she is married to a younger man. Does it upset her? Yes. It seems she is not alone, although for others perceptions are changing.
There has always been an assumption that women are more susceptible to age faster than men, but research conducted by YSL shows that this stereotype is starting to change.
”Women have always been much more aware of the aging process, and as a result this may mean they are making provisions that men aren’t.
”Females have had it drummed in to them about the effects that things like smoking, sun exposure and a bad diet can have on their skin and overall appearance, so perhaps women are taking action to fight the signs of aging.”
One in four women worry that they look older than their spouse
The study also discovered one in four women regularly worry that they look older than their spouse.
Incredibly, more than one in twenty women even said they had been mistaken for their partner’s mother and not, in fact, their wife or girlfriend.
Nearly half of women said this goes against nature, as the male should look the oldest in the relationship.
One third of the men who took part in the study said they worry as much as women about the aging process.
Perhaps not surprisingly, 20% of the women questioned said they would not want to be in a relationship where their other half was aging better than they were.
So much so that 13% of females said they have worried that their partner would leave them for a younger model.
The study also found two thirds of all adults said men become distinguished as they get older, but only 31% said the same of women.
A surprising 39% went the extra mile and said they love them more than ever, and growing old together was just a natural process.
To be honest, it is not something I have really thought about in respect to my own relationship – although my husband certainly likes to joke that he looks considerably younger than his years – mostly because the men in his family never go grey so he still sports a full head of dark hair1
Is it something that has ever worried you?