Many parents set an age according to their perspective, culture, views and beliefs.

Teens may want to consider talking to their parents, family and friends to see what their thoughts are.

If they find talking to their parents difficult, starting a dialogue amongst friends can be helpful.

Differences in maturity can make you feel like you and your guy are not on the same wavelength.

The older person who has experienced more in life may be more emotionally mature, which could be part of why you're attracted to him.

Both are going through different stages of their lives.

You might not consider age an issue, but other people might have a problem with it.

Dating Abuse (like domestic violence) is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.

Abuse affects all types of relationships, not just long-term or committed relationships.

This is because of the emotional/physical maturity of teens, and the resources they have available to them.

For example, teens may be less likely to experience financial abuse.

The reason age differences are frowned upon is because of the imbalance of power in the relationship.