Dating at age 13

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When I was growing up, we did a little flirting and playful messaging through AOL Instant Messenger (gasp!) and our Nokia black-and-white-display phones (double gasp!Despite an age gap of more than a decade, Colleen Smith and her husband Damian cite many factors that make their marriage work, including her role as the oldest child in her family and their common interests.But it was his dad potential that really won her over. The age difference has been good for us because I have a daughter from a previous relationship and Damian was more mature and able to navigate the delicacy of becoming a stepfather," she says.I once thought I'd fallen in love with an adorable British Israeli lawyer who started chatting with me while we waited at a crosswalk in Manhattan.I felt an immediate spark, and after we exchanged numbers, we planned our first date without ever bringing up our ages.Fortunately, that’s changing as more older-woman and younger-man couplings make headlines.Actress Robin Wright, 47, is engaged to fellow actor Ben Foster, 33.

Sure, they are still flirting in hallways, backseats, and theaters, but they are also flirting over text message, social media, and apps specifically designed for flirting and dating.

Pop star Shakira is involved with a man 10 years her junior.

Actor Hugh Jackman has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness for 17 years. A recent article in magazine looked at a handful of real-life May-December romances, focusing mainly on those between older women and younger men.

When it comes to the subject of love we always hope that there are no real significant barriers to its success.

In our hearts, if not in our heads, we’re convinced that love will always trump practical concerns such as money, social class, race and even gender. And what about age as it relates to older women involved with younger men?

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