Research dating older men
Some older partners may seek the connection with the culture of youth, maintaining a connection with the fashion, the music, the media which their age group has ostensibly outgrown.They view the generation gap as an obstacle to overcome, especially if they feel they have "missed out".In his book Dataclysm: Love, Sex, Race, and Identity - What Our Online Lives Tell Us About Our Offline Selves, author and OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder used the data preferences found on his dating site to determine that men find women between the ages of 20 and 24 most attractive - no matter how old they get.According to his research, women like men to be slightly older than them until they hit their 30s.Age disparity in extreme cases may be seen as dysfunctional (a paraphilia) if such relationships are pursued to the exclusion of all others and to the detriment of the partners.
Younger partners, on the other hand, may be seeking a parent figure, or just somebody to provide life guidance.
Many arranged marriages have been age-disparate, with the husband being much older than the wife.
Mail-order brides have been frequently younger than their husbands.
Certainly, anyone deliberately looking for a mate to breed with must pick someone of an age of likely fertility.
Moreover, senior men, even during prehistoric times, often had access to relationships and resources which would allow for them to foster the growth of their offspring.