No matter how real your feelings are, getting involved with someone under the age of 18 can lead to serious legal trouble.
In various cultures, older men and younger women often seek one another for sexual or marital relationships.
Men aren’t the only ones who date younger people, though, and the archetype of the “cougar”—an older woman dating a younger man—is rapidly becoming a part of the public consciousness.
Same-sex couples sometimes feature a significant age gap as well.
Age disparity in sexual relationships is the difference in ages of individuals in sexual relationships.
Concepts of these relationships, including what defines an age disparity, have developed over time and vary among societies.