Men dating younger woman
It’s possible, he said, that same-sex couples have different “norms” when it comes to age and dating.
Such age-gap relationships have often been portrayed in a negative light.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.Typically, men were more willing to consider much younger partners than women were.But those interests translated into behavior more often for homosexual men.Men’s preferences evolved, too, though not as much: Their youngest age limit crept up by two months, on average, each year.
But men were also interested in women their own age, the study found.
Still, the findings do suggest “men’s lower age limit for a sexual partner may not be as low as we’ve thought, based on previous research,” Lehmiller said.
But he added an “important caveat.” The study was done in Finland, and the findings might not extend to other cultures, including the United States.
And as they aged, their preferences for a sexual partner matured, too.
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.
Study participants were asked about the age range of their sexual partners — but the “context” was left out, he said.