Cons of high school dating
Chelsea says the most difficult part of her relationship was when she came to Syracuse University for college.
“It was really hard relating to him since I am in college.
“In high school everyone is basically on the same level of maturity, but in college you gain so much independence,” Chelsea says.
“Many women start dating younger men when they are in their 20's,” Barkley says.
Celebrities like Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz, Ivana Trump, and Linda Hogan all have had significant others more than 10 years their junior.
With age differences sometimes pushing 20, or even 30 years, these couples obviously never learned (or at least, never followed) the “Never date anyone under half your age plus seven” Rule.
“It made transitioning into college easier for me, having him as a support back home,” she said.
She says younger guys are generally clingier because they haven’t experienced as many relationships.
“Looking back now, I didn’t really like dating a younger guy because I felt that he held me back from maturing and from meeting other people my age,” Chelsea says.
These younger “cougars in training” have very specific names.
Barkley says a woman in her 20's is a kitten, a woman in her 30's is a puma, and a woman over the age of 60 is a panther.