Age gap for dating

23 Feb

The thing is for me and a good number of my male friends, many older women were those who we would look to in terms of our dream dates and fantasies.

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".

For sample, there were also significantly more couples in which the man was older as opposed to the woman being older, 72 and 27 pairs, respectively.

And though not statistically significant, the ratings of dates were this time in the predicted direction.

Further supporting this interpretation, the authors argue that their study had good “ecological validity.” This means that the experimental conditions of this study were a strong approximation of those in real-life.

Apart from the requirement that the participants had to provide a narrative report and a numerical rating of the date, the dates unfolded as they normally would in regular life.

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.

That is, men gave lower ratings to dates where the man was older.

Likewise, women also rated the dates lower when the man was older than the woman.

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.