As we mentioned above, after age 26, a man has more potential matches than his female counterparts, which is a drastic reversal of the proportion in young adulthood, when women are much more sought-after.Because men’s dating preferences skew so young, and women’s are age-equitable, men peak later, and have a longer plateau of desirability, than women.
The median 31 year-old guy, for example, sets his allowable match age range from 22 to 35 — nine years younger, but only four years older, than himself.
This skewed mindset worsens with age; the median 42 year-old will accept a woman up to fifteen years younger, but no more than .
Pictured below are some single users in their mid-thirties or early forties, taken from the first couple pages of my own local match search.
Nothing I’ll talk about today pertains necessarily to any one of them, but I wanted to put forward some people to go with the statistical discussion.
This older-women-are-more-sexual pattern repeats across almost every proposition.
Here are a few more data sets just as sparklines (computed, like the map above, for our sample set of 100,000 women).
Ultimately, I’ll argue that they would be well-served to expand their search upwards, to women in their thirties and forties.
Because it has been a successful way to introduce previous posts, I wanted to put real faces on this demographic before I delve into a bunch of numbers.
The typical 28 year-old women sends a small but significant number of messages to men too young to drink. In any event, here’s what happens when we synthesize .
Move the slider to the right, toward middle age, and you can watch the pool of dating possibilities gather, crest, then drain away.
Look at how men have set their age preferences on Ok Cupid: As you can see, a man, as he gets older, searches for relatively younger and younger women.