Also, many of the commonly held beliefs about dating a younger man or woman — for instance, that a junior partner may lack maturity — aren’t true, relationship expert and columnist April Masini told Fox News.
“There are plenty of younger people who are a lot more mature than older men and women, and who are such go-getters that they're more successful than people twice their age,” Masini said.
But that’s not a power position, and it does you no favors. Beware of wielding stereotypes; they’re cheap shortcuts masquerading as wisdom, and if you use them, prepare to be judged by them. You would only applaud someone if she succeeded in doing something impossible or crazy, or if she got away with something she shouldn’t have. The cougar image is cartoonish at best, derived either from a culture fearful of a sexually empowered woman, or from the woman herself, who claims cougardom as a way to boost her self esteem via sex with a man many years her junior.
“I hear from lots of people looking for love, unsuccessfully, that they’ve got a restrictive list of ‘filters,’ including age,” Masini said.
“When you open your age range filter by including younger people among your possibilities, you’ve got a whole new group of folks to date.” Think of it this way: Tapping into that bigger pool may mean an increased chance of finding new love. You may get a boost of energy Unlike dating an older partner, younger partners may be less inclined to be jaded, and more likely to be open minded and energetic, Masini said.
“They're more ready to date an older partner than you guessed.” THIS TYPE OF CHEATING IS NOW ON THE RISE, DATA SUGGEST If you’re thinking about dipping your pen into some younger ink, Masini pointed out there are several ways dating someone five, 10 or even 15 years your junior can be beneficial. You may be more likely to find love Dating a younger person opens an entire demographic that you may have been missing out on, Masini said.
That’s especially true if you’re a woman, as trends suggest the dating pool begins to shrink with aging.
My current boyfriend is nine years younger than me; the boyfriend before that, 10 years younger.
You don’t need to make like Stifler’s mom and prey on young 18-year-old boys. What you need to do is embrace the incredible sexual power you possess—and stop making excuses for why you can’t. If there’s one complaint I hear from younger men—and the reason they’re interested in older women, is that they’re a little tired of the same old scene and games.Data seem to support that idea: A 2003 AARP survey of about 3,500 single men and women ages 40 to 69 found about 66 percent of men want to date younger women and 34 percent of women want to date younger men.EXPERTS SAY THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO FLIRT Celebrities like actor and director Mel Gibson, whose partner Rosalind Ross is 35 years his junior, and director Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose husband, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is 24 years younger than her, apparently agree with that notion.“It can be nice to have someone who raises the bar and encourages your personal best in romance and your sex life together.” And, she added, “Many older partners find younger partners more attractive.If you can drop the judgment and not politicize this choice, and just see it as a fact, a younger partner has appeal that older ones don’t.” MAKE UP OR BREAK UP? You may gain a parenting partner Believe it or not, younger partners may be more open-minded about the idea of lending a hand in step-parenting your kids, Masini said.But what might the real benefits of dating someone younger be?