22 Things That Happen When You Date Someone Much Older

No, I have not heard of [insert obscure ’80s band here].

1. Your S.O. rolls his/her eyes when you have birthday anxiety.

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Which kind of actually makes you realize how silly you’re being.

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2. When your S.O. talks about music from the past, you often have no idea who these artists are.

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Kajagoogoo? Is that some type of animal?

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3. On the upside, you find yourself feeling so much cooler because your knowledge of obscure ’80s music has expanded quite a bit.

Oh, so this is Kajagoogoo.

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4. And while you both might agree on Queen’s awesomeness, your S.O. will assert a more fervent love because he/she saw them live.

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5. You’ve resigned yourself to the fact that your significant other will never understand your love of ’90s boy bands.

But they will eventually accept that it is part of you.

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6. You seek advice from your S.O. super often because you really believe they’re wiser.

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7. You sometimes feel like, wow, there are a lot of movies you haven’t seen.

It’s kind of not fair because they’ve been alive longer and therefore have had more time to watch movies.

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8. Although you may have both seen a movie in the year it came out, that movie probably has a different meaning for both of you.

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Clueless for you = Amazing aspirational lifestyle and inspiration for the way you dressed for the next year.

Clueless for them = A good teen comedy, a very good Jane Austen parody.

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9. But re-watching those films together and sharing your perspectives can make them so much more interesting.

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10. You rely on your S.O. more than Google to explain confusing things to you. Grown-up stuff like health insurance and taxes.

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11. You experience moments of total shock when you realize things like … you were 4 when your S.O. was learning how to drive.


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12. But then you can’t help but laugh at the situation.

Tee hee! If we got in a time machine, we’d be total perverts!

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13. If you have older siblings, your boyfriend/girlfriend probably gets along with them well.

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14. Your older boyfriend/girlfriend is shocked that you didn’t grow up with vinyl.

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What, and you didn’t grow up with Kazaa?

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15. Whenever your loved one is tired or feeling run down, you joke that it’s because they’re SO OLD.

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16. Your S.O. jokes about the crazy “youths” of your generation.

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17. If your age gap is physically apparent, people aren’t immediately sure of your relationship.

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But you could really give a shit.

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18. You get annoyed when people don’t take your relationship seriously and assume your S.O. likes you only because you’re young.

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19. You sometimes justify your large age gap by saying you’re mental equals.

Boys take a while to grow up.

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20. Your respective life milestones are marked by totally different cultural touch points.

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21. Any time you have something important happen to you, they’re extra proud and understanding because they’ve been there, too.

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“I remember the first time I …”

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22. But despite having so many differences, the greatest thing about your big age gap is that you’re constantly learning from each other.

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