According to a survey by dating website Elite Singles, 20-something men actually have a preference for older women three to six years older than themselves.
The biological theory has always been men prefer younger women because they are likely to bear more children, while women prefer older men because they offer resources and stability.
Woman B: Twenty-seven and he recently turned 42 (we're still together). We discovered we had a lot of interests in common and became good friends. Most of the men I dated more casually at the time were in their 30s. It also made me feel special — this man seemed so much more worldly than the men my age, and the fact that he was interested in me seemed too good to be true. Woman D: Originally I think I was flattered that somebody who had experienced so much of life was interested in me.
While they will create careers, they also want to eventually create a family.
These are all the stereotypical reasons people tend to think older men love to date younger women.
And while these things may be true for some men, the attraction is a little more complicated than that.
Similar to their younger male counterparts, younger women have reflected this interest in older men.
Women between 20 and 29 years old desire men who are up to 10 years their senior and no younger than up to three years.