True life dating someone older 2016
Across Western countries, about 8 per cent of all married heterosexual couples can be classified as having a large age gap (10 years or more).
These generally involve older men partnered with younger women.
Many of the reasons proposed for age-gap couples have been largely rooted in evolutionary explanations, and focus on explaining older man-younger woman pairings.
From this perspective, it's thought men's preferences for younger women and women's preferences for older men relate to reproductive fitness.
But because the building of resources takes time, we tend to acquire resources later in life and so are older by the time we have acquired enough wealth and resources to comfortably provide for others.
So, women being attuned to status and resources might explain why some women may be attracted to older men.
Over three-quarters of couples where younger women are partnered with older men report satisfying romantic relationships.
A factor that does impact on the relationship outcomes of age-gap couples is their perceptions of social disapproval.
This is probably because women place more importance on resources and men on fertility.For this, socio-cultural explanations might provide insights.