Why Younger Women Are Dating Older Men: Is It All About Money?

Why Younger Women Are Dating Older MenThe tra­di­tional per­cep­tion on rela­tion­ships is that the man should be older so that he has the means to pro­vide for his fam­ily. While this may sound old-fashioned and out­dated to some peo­ple, it turns out that a lot of women still live by this philosophy.

Recent research shows that women still gen­er­ally tend to favour rela­tion­ships with older men. After polling over 2,000 adults, the results revealed that 30% of women would be happy to find a man who was up to seven years older than them, and around the same per­cent­age would con­sider set­tling down with a life part­ner between the ages of 55 and 70—prime sugar daddy years.

When you see a younger woman with an older man, it may cross your mind that she’s only with him for his money. And you’re not the only one to jump to this conclusion—over a third of the women sur­veyed admit­ted that when they see this type of cou­ple, they assume he must be rich, and 24% of the women assume that the woman is only with the older man for his deep pockets.

Money is def­i­nitely one of the rea­sons why women seek older partners—naturally, older men are more estab­lished in their careers, so they’ve had more time to build a solid foun­da­tion. This is why over a third of the par­tic­i­pants said that hav­ing an older part­ner is ben­e­fi­cial for the finan­cial sta­bil­ity that they can pro­vide. But it isn’t all about dol­lar signs.

Although money is a con­tribut­ing fac­tor, the sur­vey uncov­ered sev­eral other rea­sons for younger women being drawn toward rela­tion­ships with older men, like being able to learn about a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on life, and hav­ing their “youth­ful­ness” rub off on their older partner.

May-December rela­tion­ships are cer­tainly becom­ing more accepted today than they were 10 years ago, but there are still cer­tain things to keep in mind when enter­ing a rela­tion­ship with an older man. Make sure the terms of the rela­tion­ship are clear. Is this sugar daddy rela­tion­ship about money, or are you both inter­ested in invest­ing more to find a long-term com­pan­ion? If you do end up get­ting seri­ous with an older man, it’s also impor­tant to openly dis­cuss the dynam­ics of your rela­tion­ship, includ­ing finances, sex, and future expectations.

What do you think: Would you date a man who was 20 years older than you?

“Why four years, four months is the ideal age gap,” Confused.com; http://goo.gl/4cLTr, last accessed April 25, 2014.