Dating someone older 6 years
In another study from 2001, researchers asked Dutch men and women between the ages of 20 and 60 about their age preferences for various types of intimate situations, ranging from sexual fantasies to marriage. Malouf of Endicott College wondered if testing the age differential hypothesis using a new source of data might yield more insight into the matter.They, too, found that men predictably preferred younger partners than did women. To this end, they collected all available ratings of blind dates that were published in two well-known American newspaper columns: “Dinner with Cupid” from Both newspaper columns advertise for singles who are willing to give a blow-by-blow report of a blind date as well as a numerical rating in exchange for a free dinner at a restaurant.And in a 1993 study that analyzed over 1,000 personal ads, researchers found that women typically sought older men, and men typically sought younger women.Similarly, in a 1994 study using a nationally representative sample of single Americans younger than 35, the results revealed that women were significantly more willing than men to marry someone older by five years; conversely, men were significantly more willing than women to marry someone who was younger by five years.(Couples who were the same age were not included in this analysis). For sample, there were significantly more couples in which the man was older as opposed to the woman being older, 133 and 56 pairs, respectively.And although this finding was not statistically significant, the ratings of the dates were opposite to the predicted direction.
Ideal mates can be quite different to actual choices that people make.A guy could want to date Angelina Jolie and a woman might want Brad Pitt, but they have to settle for someone else. If you are a desirable mate, than you have more choice, if you are not so desirable, you might need to compromise. Man state that they would like to date someone young, but in reality the young might not want them.As men get older, they seek younger and younger women (i.e.As the investigators note, more research is needed. We often felt that older women (even if by on a year or two) was a bit of a taboo.This probably stemmed from those artificial (but nonetheless real) boundaries we would not cross that were a left over from school days.