Actor Mel Gibson and partner Rosalind Ross pose at the American Film Institute Awards in Los Angeles, California, on Jan. Gibson, who is 61, is 35 years older than his partner Rosalind Ross, who is 26.

“It can be nice to have someone who raises the bar and encourages your personal best in romance and your sex life together.” And, she added, “Many older partners find younger partners more attractive.

If you can drop the judgment and not politicize this choice, and just see it as a fact, a younger partner has appeal that older ones don’t.” MAKE UP OR BREAK UP? You may gain a parenting partner Believe it or not, younger partners may be more open-minded about the idea of lending a hand in step-parenting your kids, Masini said.

This type of mentality can not only be refreshing, but it also can help lay the groundwork for a creative and happy relationship.

“For instance, if you want to move to Brazil, or adopt six children, or plant a vineyard on your property, or live in an igloo, someone with an open mind and less baggage may think this is a great idea,” she noted, “whereas someone who's older and more set in their ways may think you're amusing — and irresponsible, as well as wildly unrealistic.” Put differently, if you’re itching for adventure or simply a change of scenery, dating younger may be the way to go. You may enjoy better sex It’s a biological fact that younger partners tend to have more sexual energy and stamina in the bedroom, Masini said.

And while we love checking them out on the quad—whomever created “shirts versus skins” deserves a national holiday in his or her honor—we can’t help but think that college guys still have some growing up to do.

With seniors, grad students, and working 20-somethings to swoon over, dating an older guy is an appealing option.

We talked to collegiettes across the nation and relationship experts to see how an age difference impacts different aspects of a relationship.

Dating A Younger Guy You may be smitten with that younger guy for a number of reasons—his chiseled abs and the fact he makes you feel like Mrs. But according to some collegiettes, your conversations with a younger beau may feel a little off at times.

But what might the real benefits of dating someone younger be?

Turns out, experts say compatibility between two people who just happen to have an age gap isn’t as unusual as we may think.

Also, many of the commonly held beliefs about dating a younger man or woman — for instance, that a junior partner may lack maturity — aren’t true, relationship expert and columnist April Masini told Fox News.