Dating women older than you
It is a commonly accepted idea that men prefer the company of younger women, while women prefer men who are older.This is also in keeping with Parental Investment Theory, which maintains that men are attracted to women who advertise signs of fertility — that is, youth.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.
We probably didn't think that we could take those feeling anywhere though for fear of being out of step with societal norms and the prospect of having any chance of hooking up dashed because we were considered too junior and "not cool".
These days, however, the older woman/younger guy combo are everywhere to be seen.
I think attitudes have changed and more women are perhaps freer to really express what they want and who they want it with.
In other words, men gave higher ratings to dates where the man was older than the women; women also endorsed a higher rating when the man was older.
But overall in this study, there was no support for the age differential effect — age did not influence the ratings of the dates at a statistically significant level. The authors offer an interpretation worth pondering: It may that while age seems paramount in the abstract (all things being equal, men desire younger women, and women desire older men), in practice, when two people actually go on a date, the age difference might not have as much importance as other considerations, such as physical attraction and a compatible personality.
That is, men gave lower ratings to dates where the man was older.