According to a survey by dating website Elite Singles, 20-something men actually have a preference for older women three to six years older than themselves.
The biological theory has always been men prefer younger women because they are likely to bear more children, while women prefer older men because they offer resources and stability.
While a man in his twenties or even thirties may still have quite a bit of maturing left to do a man in his fifties may not have this issue to deal with.
For this reason, it is not only the age difference but also the current ages of the partners that factors into the equation.
UPDATED June 17th, 2017 Ever since Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman made it cool in the 1967 film The Graduate, women have embraced the cougar role.
But no one raises an eyebrow at a 29-year age gap any more. There’s on television and dating sites like Cougar But evolving gender roles in modern society have led to more equality between the sexes, challenging this antiquated notion for men.Sam Owen, Elites Singles Partner psychologist, believes "young men nowadays probably also recognize that older women are adept at diligently juggling so many responsibilities (career, children, housekeeping, fitness, finances, socializing), which makes them intriguing and attractive and a more secure option."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.Partly because the current financial climate doesn’t allow the latter, but also because I enjoy my freelance, nomadic lifestyle.I tend to meet guys while I’m away travelling/working overseas and most of them are younger than me, but age really isn’t as big of a deal when you’re travelling as it is back home.Why have we let our gender be tarnished with this lie for so long? When some girls were having sex, I hadn’t even started my period.