Topics: Stories from Slate - DELETE 29/09/2017
A common rule of thumb when it comes to dating is that it’s OK to be interested in someone who is half your age, plus seven years. However, the rise of the "older woman-younger man" relationship has loosened this relationship convention and instead celebrates the age-gap romance. According to a survey by dating website EliteSingles , 20-something men actually have a preference for older women three to six years older than themselves.
The dating website analyzed the upper and lower age search limits for more than 450,000 of its members to reveal the age of a man and a woman’s perfect partner. The survey found men aged 20 to 29 prefer older women to younger ones, and women preferred a younger man as they age, according to YourTango. This contradicts the stereotype that all men are focused on finding a youthful partner, as these singles indicate a preference for a partner three to six years older than themselves.
Similar to their younger male counterparts, younger women have reflected this interest in older men. Women between 20 and 29 years old desire men who are up to 10 years their senior and no younger than up to three years. This affirms the stereotype that younger women do seek older men because they tend to be emotionally mature, have more financial freedom, and have an established career that lets them devote more time to a relationship and fatherhood.