Time to make your online dating profile’s age preference super-specfic: Brandon Wade, founder of SeekingArrangement.com and WhatsYourPrice.com, has identified the ideal age gap between men and women. The magic number? Six years, between an older man and a younger woman.
Wade says he conducted a five-month study of members of WhatsYourPrice.com, a site that encourages interested parties to make monetary offers in order to score a first date with someone they’re interested in, and found that women were most attracted to men six years older than them.
“Women tend to mature faster than men. For this reason, most women don’t like to date men around their age or who are younger than they are,” says Wade. “Our online dating study shows that women in general prefer to date men who are approximately six years older than they are, but who are less than ten years older.”
What happens after the 10-year age difference? Pretty much exactly what you’d expect:
[M]en who want to date women over 10 years younger than themselves have to pay approximately 13% more than the average to close every year of age gap. The dating study shows that everything else being equal, a man who is 40 years older will have to pay approximately 400% (or 4 times) more than a man who is only 10 years older to attract the interest of the same woman.
Or, you know, you could focus on dating someone with similar interests who likes you more than your pocketbook. But to each his (or her) own!
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