As a lot of younger women dating older men will tell you, there are many benefits to being in an age gap relationship. The idea of dating a man in his 50s might sound outrageous, but a new survey by TODAY shows that mature men actually have a lot more to offer in a relationship.
For one thing, life just gets better after 50—62% of respondents in their 50s reported feeling satisfied with their life. They’re also more satisfied with their marriages than they were in their 40s and they feel more balanced than their earlier years. So what does this mean for your age gap relationship? Well, if an older man is comfortable with who he is and where he’s at in his own life, he’s more likely to bring that sense of ease into the relationship.
The fact of the matter is that being 50 today isn’t what it used to be—50-year-old men today can be just as attractive and in shape as younger men. Almost three-quarters (72%) of those surveyed believe that being 50 today doesn’t mean the same as it did when their parents were that age. That might be because 70% of them actually feel younger than they really are. If you’re in an age gap relationship with a mature man, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re dating a senior citizen, as these results clearly show.
If that isn’t enough to convince you that an age gap relationship with an older man has serious merit, consider this: 71% of over-50s are more financially stable (no surprise there) and 66% said that they have more free time to spend with their partners. Older men have worked hard for their money and they’re more likely to want to sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
And if you’re in an age gap relationship, you can rest assured that you’re not wasting your time. Almost 60% of the survey respondents said that they make better decisions now than when they were younger about compatibility in a relationship, and 42% report having better dates in their later years. As you can see, younger women dating older men are clearly on to something. What have you got to lose?
What do you think: If you’ve never been in a age gap relationship, would you consider giving it a shot?
Palmer, B., “Flirting, compliments and waiting for sex: 6 rules for dating after 50,” TODAY web site, August 5, 2014; http://goo.gl/MwJ9ue.
Raymond, J., “This is 50: You won’t believe how many things get better,” TODAY web site, August 4, 2014; http://goo.gl/wiYxxU.