Some men and women are afraid to be labeled as a cougar or a sugar-daddy stereotypes, but experts are seeing are seeing an increase in middle-age and older singles are choosing partners who are younger than themselves.
According to an AARP survey of 3,500 single men and women ages 40 to 69, 66% of men and 34% of women want to date someone younger.
We are seeing this trend in Hollywood with celebrities like Mel Gibson’s dating Rosalind Ross who is 35 years younger than him, and director Sam Taylor-Johnson whose husband, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson is 24 years her junior.
Experts say compatibility between two people with an age gap is more common than we may think and many beliefs about dating a younger partner, such as lack of maturity, is not necessarily true.
“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. They’re more ready to date an older partner than you guessed.” according to columnist April Masini.