Dating older vs younger women
For the study, Antfolk surveyed nearly 2,700 adults between the ages of 18 and 50.
Some were single, he said, and some were in long-term relationships.
Plus, men’s actual behavior looked different from their reported interests.
BUT, some girls and guys are open to do the opposite.
And on average, they would consider having sex with a woman as young as 21.
By comparison, heterosexual women were 35 years old, on average, and the youngest partner they would consider was around 27 (again, on average), the findings showed.
Basically, the stereotype that older men go for young women is “too crude,” said researcher Jan Antfolk, of Abo Akademi University, in Turku, Finland.“Sure, some older men have a strong preference for clearly younger women, but most tend to also find older women attractive,” Antfolk said.“An interesting finding is that as men age, they become less picky about age,” he added.
“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.As for bisexual and homosexual study participants, similar patterns showed up.