Dating an older woman
Not only did they discover that middle aged women who’d been previously married were more likely to seek a younger mate, they also showed that older woman/younger man relationships are rarely brief flings (on average they last for 2 years).
The chances are that a younger man hasn’t had the time to accumulate the emotional baggage that comes with growing old either.
And, of course, if you are woman who would like to date a younger man or if you are a man who would like to date an older woman, why wait to meet that special someone? famously proclaimed 2009 as the year of the cougar.
The now well-known term wasn’t a reference to the Chinese calendar; rather, it was a bordering-on-crass idiom coined to define 40-plus women with a predilection for younger gentlemen.
There’s been an enormous amount of media coverage centred on older women dating younger men over the last decade.
However, what’s actually going on underneath the pop-style commentary and tabloid tales of ‘cougars’ and their ‘cubs’?