WOMEN
03/13/2013 01:24 pm ET | Updated Mar 14, 2013

Ideal Age Gap For Couples Revealed

Gena Kaufman | Glamour

Despite the unfortunate rise of the cougar phenomenon (not that dating younger men is unfortunate, just the use of the term cougar), it seems as a society, we’re still more into May-December relations when the guy is the December. Or is it the May? I'm not sure I actually know what that expression is supposed to mean.

But what I’m trying to say is, more people still think that a romantic relationship is ideal when it’s between an older man and a younger woman. Specifically, four years and four months older, which was the average “ideal” age gap as reported by a survey of 2,000 adults. While slightly less than half of people said there was no ideal age gap (good call, sensible people), 33% of women wanted a guy up to seven years older than them, while only one out of a hundred women preferred a younger man.

Not that I have anything against dating older guys, but here’s some afternoon uggghhh: Financial stability was one of the biggest reasons women cited for preferring older dudes, since 55% of women said they couldn’t afford rent or mortgages on their own. Thanks, wage gap!

Most of the guys I’ve dated have been my age to just a couple of years older, but sadly for poor old me (literally), none of them have provided any financial stability so I don’t think I’d call that a motivation. I will say that while I don’t have a rule against dating younger guys, I probably wouldn’t consider it my ideal dating situation either. Stupid society and its conditioning that men look handsome and distinguished as they age while women don't. I do like a silver fox though.

Do you have an “ideal” age difference? What is it? Is there anybody out there that prefers younger guys?

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