But what might the real benefits of dating someone younger be?Turns out, experts say compatibility between two people who just happen to have an age gap isn’t as unusual as we may think.Data seem to support that idea: A 2003 AARP survey of about 3,500 single men and women ages 40 to 69 found about 66 percent of men want to date younger women and 34 percent of women want to date younger men.
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You may enjoy the power play Having been out in the world gives older partners a cache that many younger partners love and seek out.
“It can be nice to have someone who raises the bar and encourages your personal best in romance and your sex life together.” And, she added, “Many older partners find younger partners more attractive.
If you can drop the judgment and not politicize this choice, and just see it as a fact, a younger partner has appeal that older ones don’t.” MAKE UP OR BREAK UP? You may gain a parenting partner Believe it or not, younger partners may be more open-minded about the idea of lending a hand in step-parenting your kids, Masini said.
This type of mentality can not only be refreshing, but it also can help lay the groundwork for a creative and happy relationship.
“For instance, if you want to move to Brazil, or adopt six children, or plant a vineyard on your property, or live in an igloo, someone with an open mind and less baggage may think this is a great idea,” she noted, “whereas someone who's older and more set in their ways may think you're amusing — and irresponsible, as well as wildly unrealistic.” Put differently, if you’re itching for adventure or simply a change of scenery, dating younger may be the way to go. You may enjoy better sex It’s a biological fact that younger partners tend to have more sexual energy and stamina in the bedroom, Masini said.
One complication is that online daters are not making just one decision, but several in a series: First, people are swiping their way through profiles and deciding which to dismiss immediately or browse more closely.
Then comes the choice to send a person a message, or to reply to one.
“And in reverse, many older partners want a younger partner that they can teach and mold,” Masini said.
When you’re online dating, why do you swipe left on one person and swipe right on another?
Same thing goes for adoption: “A younger partner in an adoption situation is probably going to have more energy to devote to the ups and downs of that journey,” she noted.