My theory is that the two are linked and that the age difference facilitates a dom/sub dynamic.
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.
However, after the relationship with the significantly older man ended I vowed to only date close to my age again.
I think that there is definitely some truth to the "age is just a number" mentality, but having the experience I did, I don't buy it completely.
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.