As a 30-year-old woman, I understand their hesitations now.
As an 18-year-old, I thought they were close-minded.
None of my friends at school understood the relationship and they had no interest in hanging out with him when he would come visit me at school.
Additionally, the friends that he had that were his age were incredibly judgmental of my age and the relationship.
I think that because I was 18, he had expectations that I would be wild and crazy and open to anything.
There were things that he expected with his party lifestyle that I felt very uncomfortable with, but would ignore my instinct and go along with to make him happy.
However, after the relationship with the significantly older man ended I vowed to only date close to my age again.
But again, I think it's more because of who he is, rather than the more experience.
Woman B: It has very little impact, although it does lead to some amusing jokes at times. Because we worked together we were able to spend time together and I would come home from school on the weekends.
He is a film nerd and usually mentions the year a film came out. " It's now at the point where he preempts me saying that. Once we were a more formal couple things became much harder.
But it's not an exact science — there are plenty of immature older men that would put teenagers to shame.
Woman D: I'm now married to a man who is five years older than me so I suppose patterns would say I'm attracted to men older than me.