Who knows—they may have the wrong idea of your other half, or they may bring up an issue with your beau that isn’t age-related.
From securing your spot on the Dean’s List to participating in your favorite extracurriculars to scoring that coveted internship, your priorities are probably more refined than they were a few years ago.
Though a younger dude’s “YOLO” attitude can be refreshing and make you nostalgic for your own carefree freshman days, it could cause a strain on your relationship “It just felt like different things mattered to us,” says Jillian*, a 21-year-old collegiette who casually dated an 18 year-old during her semester in London.
“The female brain fully develops earlier and sooner than the male brain,” says Patrick Wanis, a human behavior expert and author of .
According to this relationship expert, a girl’s prefrontal cortex, which allows us to make rational decisions instead of ones that are based on emotional impulses, matures at ages 20 to 22.
Our lovely male counterparts’ prefrontal cortexes, on the other hand, do not mature until they are 22 to 24 years old. Scientifically speaking, your boy toy probably won’t have the same mature priorities as you do.