Age disparity in extreme cases may be seen as dysfunctional (a paraphilia) if such relationships are pursued to the exclusion of all others and to the detriment of the partners.
The term alphamegamia can be used when a person is sexually aroused by partners of a different age group, and "chronophilia" can describe a sexual fixation on members of a different age group.
The majority were heterosexual, while just over 1,000 were bisexual or homosexual.
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The most common pattern in heterosexual couples is an older man with a younger woman.
Men in positions of prestige or power have often taken young women as lovers or wives.
Similarly, women of influence have also initiated relationships with younger men.
Opinions vary considerably about the whole concept.