Start Can dating a younger man work

Can dating a younger man work

The much touted idea that women peak sexually in their 30s and men in their teens does not enter into it -- most of these couples are beyond both those age periods.

"Humans are relatively flexible species," Michael R. D., a psychologist in the department of communications at the University of Louisville, tells Web MD. You can override a lot of biology in pursuit of other goals." Interestingly, Cunningham did an unpublished study of 60 women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, who were shown pictures of men aged to those decades.

"The women," he says, "were more interested in men their own age or older." As for the men, he says: "I guess it could be nice not to hang around a ditz with no knowledge of music or something like that." Getting over the "shoulds" "We have strong 'shoulds' on ways of partnering up," Kathryn Elliott, Ph. We should marry people within two years of our age.

The women like the flexibility and sense of adventure of their more spontaneous, younger companions, Tina B. D., a licensed family therapist in practice in Long Beach, Calif., and author of "The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again", tells Web MD.

For their part, the men like the sophistication and life success of their older mates, she explains.

Many women who have reached an above-average level of success in their careers grew up in a time when there weren’t that many women in positions of great leadership or authority.

Until the last decade, there have been far less female CEOs or women in high-level managerial positions.

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Braving "robbing the cradle" jokes, almost one-third of women between ages 40 and 69 are dating younger men (defined as 10 or more years younger).

Because many women work full-time and raise families it enables men who have grown up with this norm to feel less threatened by female success.

A common rule of thumb when it comes to dating is that it’s OK to be interested in someone who is half your age, plus seven years.

However, the rise of the "older woman-younger man" relationship has loosened this relationship convention and instead celebrates the age-gap romance.