Problems with older men dating younger women

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Based on the love stories between hundreds of uneven-aged couples, there at least four reasons why young women may prefer men who are a decade older: Older guys are usually successful, good-looking, and suave, which means they can land any woman of their age.

So why is dating someone younger still so popular among guys over 40?

‘An older partner may be in a better position to provide stability, he may also be more mature which a woman might prefer’, she explains.

The maturity aspect certainly speaks to Daisy’s situation.

Often, they also had cool mid-century furniture in their flats as opposed to Ikea and would make you a martini if you booty called them after the pub’.

Daisy is now married; her husband is 17 years older than her.

This preference exists cross-culturally which suggests that it is nearly universal’.

The mythologising of older men is at once frustrating and intriguing in equal measure: they’re often referred to as ‘silver foxes’ and ‘dad or shags’.

An age gap can be good, it can be bad and it can be downright creepy.

Yes, she says, ‘I think that might have something to do with when he grew up – he remembers Thatcherism properly, and what it was like when New Labour came in, and he’s never been exposed to 21st Century lad culture in any way, which I think is really nice’.

Similarly, Susan (not her real name) is 27 and currently about to move in with her 44-year-old boyfriend Shaun (yep, not his name either).

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