What Your Age Has to Do with the Types of Men You Attract

Types of Men You AttractBy now it shouldn’t come as much of a sur­prise to hear that men are inher­ently attracted to younger, beau­ti­ful women—it’s part of the rea­son why age gap dat­ing is so pop­u­lar. But if you’re still skep­ti­cal, a new study out of Fin­land pro­vides even more sci­en­tific proof about the mer­its of age gap dating.

Thou­sands of men were sur­veyed about what age group they found them­selves most sex­u­ally attracted to in the past 12 months, as well as which age group they actu­ally had sex with in that same period. The results showed that men, regard­less of their age, reported being most sex­u­ally attracted to women in their mid-20s. The find­ings held true across all age groups for men—the younger ones want older women in their mid-20s, while the more mature men wanted younger women in that same age group. And there you have the basis for age gap dat­ing, with older men dat­ing younger women.

Accord­ing to the researchers behind the study, it all boils down to biol­ogy. Older men are drawn to age gap dat­ing with younger women because they sub­con­sciously see them as being more fer­tile. “The high­est fer­til­ity has been esti­mated to occur in the mid-20s, with a decline after the age of 35,” explained the researchers.

This study doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that if you’re a woman over 35, you’re not fit for age gap dat­ing. It also doesn’t mean that a man’s only motive for dat­ing a younger woman is to pro­cre­ate. The point of this research is to show that age gap dat­ing works because, whether or not they act on it, men are more attracted to women who are younger than them because they sub­con­sciously per­ceive them to be more suit­able partners.

What do you think: Do you agree that men pre­fer age gap dat­ing because they’re sub­con­sciously drawn to younger women’s fertility?


Hillin, T., “New Study Says Men Are Hard­wired To Desire Women In Their 20s,” Huff­in­g­ton Post web site, Sep­tem­ber 30, 2014; http://goo.gl/NTwEMq.

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About Isabella

I was never patriotic, so when Independence Day came, the last thing on my mind was to go out and celebrate. I was bored and I was lonely, and though they weren’t my normal crowd, thesse girls were friends and family members who I grew up with. But Diana had her man, Marsha had hers, and my cousin Lisa had her own. I was the only one who was single and my taste was just too high; the kind of men they dated did not appeal to me. I wanted the executive, the entrepreneur. I was 22 and unhappy about my life. I yearned to be in a relationship; I felt I had so much to give a man, and yet I was single. My friends and I waited for cab and I was still second-guessing whether or not I really wanted to go out. While we were waiting, an older looking gentleman driving a blue pick-up truck drove up to us. As he slowed, he said, “Don’t move. I’m coming right back!” He drove off, leaving a trail of his cologne, as he sped away to drop off the construction workers sitting in the back of the truck. Literally moments later, he came back, stopped in front of us, asked us where we were going, and told us to get in. It turns out his name was Keith. After Keith dropped us off, I realized I didn’t want to stay and asked him to take me back to where he picked us up from. He turned, looked at me, and said, “You were the reason why I picked you all up. I wanted to get to know you. So, I’m happy you decided to leave with me.”