They typically had sex with women who were close to their own age.Whether that reflects men’s true preferences — or simple reality — is not clear, according to Justin Lehmiller, a social psychologist who wasn’t involved in the study.“It might be more of a reflection of how the dating game works,” said Lehmiller.And as they aged, their preferences for a sexual partner matured, too.Basically, the stereotype that older men go for young women is “too crude,” said researcher Jan Antfolk, of Abo Akademi University, in Turku, Finland.“Sure, some older men have a strong preference for clearly younger women, but most tend to also find older women attractive,” Antfolk said.“An interesting finding is that as men age, they become less picky about age,” he added.Men’s preferences evolved, too, though not as much: Their youngest age limit crept up by two months, on average, each year.But men were also interested in women their own age, the study found.
According to Lehmiller, that finding is in line with past research showing larger age differences in same-sex couples versus heterosexual couples.
Overall, Antfolk found, young men preferred women their own age.
And compared with women, men were generally more willing to consider a partner substantially younger than they were.
Tomorrow, we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary with our two little girls (passers-by on the pavement routinely take me to be their grandfather).
Now 67, I am the same age as Ronnie Wood, whose marriage to Sally – a woman three decades younger – featured in the Telegraph yesterday. She has said she wishes she had met me 10 years earlier and wishes, also, that there might have been 10 years fewer difference between us.