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.
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.
After all, much of the support for the age differential effect was conducted when the gender wage gap was larger. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC, and an expert on relationships, managing anxiety and stress, and building health and resilience. Mehta provides speaking engagements for your organization and psychotherapy for adults.
Or perhaps cultural forces, such as lower rates of marriage, are making the generation gap less relevant. She has successfully worked with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and life transitions, with a growing specialization in recovery from trauma and abuse. Mehta is also the author of the forthcoming book Growing up in the 60's and 70's and into adulthood in the 80's I, like many of my contemporaries, would aim for women to date who were either the same age or a little younger.
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.