Dating age range for men
Read: This finding isn’t just true for heterosexual men.
Homosexual and bisexual men also followed the same rule of thumb, opting for partners their own age, rather than much older or younger love interests.
The study, now published in the online journal , found that men, like women, also became interested in older partners as they aged.
In addition, the report revealed that men and women are sexually interested in partners their own age throughout their entire lives, and most sexual activity occurs between partners of around the same age, according to a release.
In online dating, education tends to function as a “proxy for resources and future provision as it can represent economic advantages,” study co-author Stephen Whyte said in a statement.
He and Benno Torgler, both behavioral economists, collaborated on the research.
When I was 57-years-old, I wasn’t too excited about dating someone 13 years older. I care much more about a person’s character than anything else. Oh, and now the conversation was all about him again. Like when I told him I was thinking of buying a bike, and he said, “You need to go to Mike’s Bike Shop in Manhattan. ” That was sweet of him, but Manhattan is over an hour from my house. It felt a little more pushy than helpful.◊♦◊When the waitress came to take our order, he said, “You must order the chocolate cake. And get the chamomile tea—it’s perfect for you.” I appreciated the suggestion, but again, it felt pushy. As if things weren’t awkward enough, we soon discovered that he knew my ex-husband.
But I was on this date to get to know Harvey not his progeny.◊♦◊He talked nonstop about his incredible talent at work (he gets asked to speak at universities about how brilliant he is at marketing! I don’t talk much about that part of my life, because…who cares? It was almost worth going on a date with you just to be seen with you in those boots.” Uh…thank you? That’s why I would recommend that you date outside your age range.
), his spectacular grandkids (the two-year-old has perfect pitch! If I told him I was a dating coach, we’d probably end up speaking about bad dates, what’s wrong with singles today, and how crazy it can be to date after divorce. So I told him I’m a life coach, which is the truth. I want someone to fall in love with me for who I am, not who I know.◊♦◊When we got up to leave, he noticed my black motorcycle-style boots with the silver chains. You won’t be surprised to learn that I never saw Harvey again, and it obviously had nothing to do with his age. Cast a wide net on things that don’t matter much, like age and height.
The “half your age plus seven” rule of thumb probably helps you avoid being a creep, but is it accurate?
Much to my surprise, when overlaying a line representing the rule of thumb on Kenrick and Keefe’s results (see red line in the figure below), you can see it closely matches the low end of the range (i.e., youngest preferred) for all but the oldest men.