I think this very well could be a GD, but I thought I'd start it in IMHO, so if it gets too bad, feel free to move it on . I think 18 and 22 is still a somewhat questionable age gap, but I think it's definitley better than 19 and 15.
OK, so here's the story, a friend of mine (19) is dating a girl that is 15 (and a half, if that makes a difference). Now, it's not the four years age difference that I think is the problem.
Both of us were adults, and age really didn't matter. If you don't mind my asking, were you still in high school at the time?
Two questions I would like to add: What do you think of this situation in particular? In most situations, a 19 or 20-year-old dating a 15-year- old is probably too great a difference considering their very youthfulness and the amount of maturing that both have yet to do. In 1973, my 19-year-old uncle began dating a 15-year-old--he was condemned immediately by her parents, God and everybody (my own mother who was 30-odd years younger than my father, being one of the exceptions).
I'm sure plenty of dopers have had experience with age differences, so any stories, advice, opinions, etc. The standard rule amongst my single friends as it pertains to adults is one half your age plus 7 is the youngest potential match.I don't even think 24 and 20 would be that bad, but since he's in college and she's still in high school there is most likely a maturity gap.I must admit that I have not met this girl, but just on principle I don't think it's a good idea for this to be going on.They're both still growing up, finding things about themselves out, and at 15 I would guess that she is especially.
I don't think he should be getting into a relationship with her at this age, he doesn't seem to be taking her feelings into consideration either (that's a recipe for bad news).The youngest girl I have ever been with was 18 (I was 23) and she was considerably more mature than me.