And although this finding was not statistically significant, the ratings of the dates were opposite to the predicted direction.That is, men gave lower ratings to dates where the man was older.This is also in keeping with Parental Investment Theory, which maintains that men are attracted to women who advertise signs of fertility — that is, youth.Conversely, women are drawn to older men since they typically have greater resources.
It is a commonly accepted idea that men prefer the company of younger women, while women prefer men who are older.
Similarly, in a 1994 study using a nationally representative sample of single Americans younger than 35, the results revealed that women were significantly more willing than men to marry someone older by five years; conversely, men were significantly more willing than women to marry someone who was younger by five years.
In another study from 2001, researchers asked Dutch men and women between the ages of 20 and 60 about their age preferences for various types of intimate situations, ranging from sexual fantasies to marriage. Malouf of Endicott College wondered if testing the age differential hypothesis using a new source of data might yield more insight into the matter.
LOS ANGELES, July 7, 2013 - When dating, how big an age gap is too big? The name of this guideline is “half plus seven,” Take the age of the person, divide it in half, and then add seven years. For somebody aged 70, the bottom limit of respectability is 42.
At what point does the age difference become scandalous? The late Anthony Quinn was 81 when he impregnated a 19-year-old. The problem with this is that unofficial guidelines are exactly that.