A family friend of mine who is 19 is dating a 16 year old girl. Is that weird? I know they're not sexually active as both of them are raised in a strong Christian family, the girl even wears a purity ring. But some people react to it weirdly whereas others are fine with it. It's probably because the guy is an adult and she isn't but would you consider it weird?
For one, just because she wears a purity ring and that they're both raised in strong Christian families doesn't mean they're not sexually active. I know many couples like that and they did not wait till marriage. Doesn't mean they aren't waiting for that, but doesn't mean they haven't waited.
The age gap isn't a problem. 3 years isn't much. The main problem people have with it is that he is legally and adult and she isn't legally an adult. But it also depends on the culture you are in. Estonia now has the lowest marriage age in Europe with teenagers able to get hitched at 15 with parental approval. Globally, the average legal age of marriage for boys is 17 and 16 for girls but many countries permit them, particularly girls, to marry much younger. Muslims are permitted to get married at 16 for men and 12 for girls and Hindus at 18 and 14 (with parental consent).
Meanwhile, the likes of Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Ecuador and Colombia all have its laws on sexual consent set at 14. And in some countries - such as Chile - the minimum age of consent is 14, but there are legal restrictions on sexual activities up to the age of 18, and homosexual sex is illegal before that age. And many countries have laws where if there is a 5 year difference or less between the two individuals that if the younger one is 14 or 15 and has no dependency on the relationship and both consensual, it is legal for intercourse. Which goes against most people's knowledge of "he's over 18 and she's not so it's wrong". The problem with it mainly lies with the "adult dating a non-adult" which is ironic considering that there are laws protecting minors but not exempting themselves from making their own decisions based on laws.
I dont think its a big difference. If they stay together into adulthood he will be 30 and she would be 27. doesn't seem too strange at all. Three years just seems a big difference when people are young
It is a bit concerning given the fact that he's 19. But as long as their is no discrepancies going on in their relationship and it is approved by the parents, then it should be okay. Just continue to monitor the relationship at all times. And find out what are their intentions for dating. A purity ring is no guarantee that their won't be any sexual activity. Purity starts from the heart with the promise to God, not on a ring or a certificate. You know how many people still have sex with the ring on? Because it wasn't true in their hearts.