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So, the next time Hugh Hefner gets engaged to a 20-something or Buzz Aldrin dates someone 30 years his junior, perhaps we should encourage them; chances are, their marriages won't end in divorce.And, even if Demi and Ashton don't make it, we shouldn't give up hope on December-May marriages, either; if Hugh Jackman, 42, and his 55-year-old wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, can last for 15 years -- happily, one presumes -- so can the rest of us.That doesn't mean we haven't seen our share of high-profile couplings where the men are much older than their wives -- like Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who have 25 years between them, and Newt and Callista Gingrich, with 23 years between them -- though it still isn't all that common.And some research suggests having a much older husband isn't so bad; those marriages don't seem to divorce that much.Men in their 40s tend to marry women about seven years younger, men in their 50s marry women 11 years younger, and men in their 60s marry women 13 years younger.

Although men still skew much younger when looking for love online, most of us tend to marry someone close to our own age.

People say “age is just a number” all the time, but do they practice what they preach? Age signifies so much more than just a number: it can reflect your maturity, your stage in life, and your experience. Not every 21-year-old is on the same playing field--some are already gearing up for the ninth inning while others are just jumping into the dating game.

As far as relationships go, it can get complicated.

It’s often “different strokes for different folks,” as the old saying goes.

The lyrics to an old TV sitcom—“Diff’rent Strokes” —often reminded me as I was growing up: “What might be right for you may not be right for some.”Many single men (LDS men included) supposedly go by this rule of thumb: “You can date someone who is half your age, plus seven.” As we get older, this allows for more flexibility in age gaps.

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