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And as they aged, their preferences for a sexual partner matured, too.
Basically, the stereotype that older men go for young women is “too crude,” said researcher Jan Antfolk, of Abo Akademi University, in Turku, Finland.“Sure, some older men have a strong preference for clearly younger women, but most tend to also find older women attractive,” Antfolk said.“An interesting finding is that as men age, they become less picky about age,” he added.
Still, the findings do suggest “men’s lower age limit for a sexual partner may not be as low as we’ve thought, based on previous research,” Lehmiller said.
According to Lehmiller, that finding is in line with past research showing larger age differences in same-sex couples versus heterosexual couples.
All study participants gave the age range they would “consider” for a sexual partner.
Then they were asked about their actual partners in the past five years.
And on average, they had a more generous definition of “too young” than women did.
But on the other hand, men were also attracted to women their own age.