Though it’s nowhere near as bad as it once was, there’s still a stigma around age when it comes to dating.
Women are called cougars if they like a younger man – and worse, they’re accused of going after a man’s inheritance if he’s a lot older than her.
There’s no right or wrong dating age gap, despite what anyone else might try to tell you, as long as it’s legal.
In fact, dating a younger man might even have its psychological benefits, according to a recent report.
Sex psychologist Doctor Justin Lehmiller found that women who date younger men are more likely to be happier and more satisfied in their relationships, according to a Tuko article.
Doctor Lehmiller also found that women with an age gap of up to 10 years between themselves and their partner were generally more fulfilled.
So if you’ve been considering dating a younger man, go for it – you’re on a likely path to happiness!
The study, which was carried out on 200 women in heterosexual relationships, quizzed women on whether they were driven to stay committed to their partners – and most said yes.
The psychologist isn’t certain why older women were happier when dating younger men, but theorized:
“It may be because when the woman is older, it might shift the power dynamic toward greater equality. We know from a lot of research that greater equality in a relationship tends to make couples happier, so perhaps it’s the case that this arrangement is just more equitable.”
Older women tend to be less submissive and more powerful compared to younger women.
This, according to Dr. Lehmiller, means that it may be “a feeling of empowerment that ultimately underlies older women’s greater feelings of satisfaction — and perhaps that empowerment allows women to get more of what they want, sexually and otherwise.”
Those are clearly some tempting reasons to date a younger man – but that’s not to say that you should exclusively look for partners who are 10 years younger than you from now on.
Remember that emotional maturity comes with age for men as well as for women.
Dating a younger man may mean that the power dynamic is more equal, but you may have to deal with things that you wouldn’t have to deal with if you were dating a man closer to your age.
Older men tend to be better communicators because of their higher levels of emotional maturity.
They’re also typically better in the bedroom, again because of being more experienced, and having had more time to “hone their craft”, so to speak.
It’s best to approach dating without thinking too much about age at all.
There are benefits of dating men of any age, so don’t feel confined to a certain age group. There are many more important factors to consider when it comes to finding the perfect partner.
You need someone who can connect with you, both emotionally and physically; someone who can respect you and love you for the person you are. Of course, he should make you laugh and share a few of your interests, too.
If you’re new to the dating game, you’ve got this! Remember to be yourself and listen to your heart – it’ll always guide you when you need it most.
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