Physicological implications of dating a younger man

So don’t be surprised if he chooses hanging with his bros over coming over to your place more often than you’d hope he would.

While young women are more affected by their relationship status — that is, whether they are in one or not — young men are more sensitive to a relationship's quality, such as how supportive or straining it is, the research indicates.

“The younger and less experienced he is, the more open he’ll be in his relationship with you.”Be forewarned, though: Less baggage can also mean a lack of relationship skills, such as communicating and resolving problems and conflicts, says Melanie Matcek, a matchmaker and relationship coach in San Antonio, TX.

Be selective about your battles and learn to compromise on things that aren’t vital to your relationship, she recommends.

Women in their mid-20s to early 30s are prime for baby-making, but “younger men don’t have the ‘dad” gene in them until they get to be more established and mature,” says New York City-based matchmaker Janis Spindel.

So if you want kids, it could be several years until your youthful partner is ready to face the reality of raising one.