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.Meanwhile his upper acceptable limit hovers only a token amount above his own age.I hesitated beginning my case for older women with something about their sexuality, like I did in Exhibit A, because that territory borders right on cougar country.But the evidence there was too compelling to ignore.
Researching this post, I also came upon an interesting complementary pair of graphs illustrating sexual dominance preferences. Older women are generally interested in doing just that.) and both, like all stereotypes, are reductionist and stupid and I’ve tried to avoid them.
Metaphors aside, we can evaluate the potential matches for a given age/gender by summing the area under the curve (AP Calculus, ftw!
) I made these calculations in the chart below, and we can see that women have more pursuers than men until age 26, but thereafter a man can expect many more potential dates than a woman of the same age.
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.