Instead, they settle for less or don’t even try at all.I think that’s awful because I know many normal, great guys who just happen to like younger women. I want to show you that there’s nothing wrong with age disparity in a relationship and it may even work out better for many couples.

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Some were single, he said, and some were in long-term relationships.

The majority were heterosexual, while just over 1,000 were bisexual or homosexual.

Which is why it baffles me that it’s always assumed that it’s only men who like their partners young. (I’ve always had a thing for Patrick Dempsey.) Holy. ‘I’ve dated older guys who have gone in way too hard way too soon with talking about getting married,’ agrees Katherine, 25. It didn’t take long before I moved my maximum age back down to 34.

Women get stick for being the obsessive, crazy sex, but in my experience, it’s the opposite. ‘Younger guys aren’t as forceful or bothered.’ On top of this, the older guys had no chat. My penchant for the younger lad also probably has a lot to do with the fact I’m pretty immature for my age – I was a very late developer so always feel like I’m a good few years behind everyone else.

“They report an interest in both younger and older women.”And of course in the real world, Antfolk stressed, neither men nor women base their romantic choices on age alone.“We look for many different characteristics when choosing a partner, and age is just one of them,” he said.

For the study, Antfolk surveyed nearly 2,700 adults between the ages of 18 and 50.

So many ladies ask me what is up with older men dating younger women.

There is actually an evolutionary psychological theory surrounding this common "phenomenon".

This formula has somehow become the definitive rule for the youngest age of a woman a man can date. So much so, that they don’t go after women they’re actually interested in.

This taboo makes some of my clients feel shameful about their age preferences.

Partly because the current financial climate doesn’t allow the latter, but also because I enjoy my freelance, nomadic lifestyle.