I was reading a thread in the offtopic section of OT about age differences and it seemed like a lot of people were critical about 20-23 yr old girls. Basically saying they don't know what they want, most are just party girls, and eventually you are setting yourself up for heartbreak, etc. And I started to think does it really make that much of a difference what the age is. Its just a number in some instances. If you are dating a 21yr old and you are 28 (about to turn 29yrs old), is that 8yr difference really a factor or does it depend on the person? The 21yr old that I know is very mature for her age. She almost doesn't seem 21. I don't seem 28 either though. So really I don't think age is a factor unless you let it be a factor. I also count experiences in the life. I went through things that made me wake up and realize what I was doing. I stopped doing those things and matured from it. Same goes for the girl I know...she went through a lot as a child and as a young adult and had to grow up quickly because of it.