Researchers from Finland surveyed 12,656 men and women aged 18 to 49 in an attempt to study age preferences in sexual partners.
Specifically, women in their late teens and twenties prefer male partners who are about four years older, and the age gap preference lessens as women get older.
Researchers argue that both male and female age preferences have roots in evolutionary biology.
They hypothesize that women go for older men due to the "resources" they can offer, including the ability to help with offspring: "Men mature later than woman and in our evolutionary past, raising human offspring to nutritional independence necessitated bi-parental care." "The highest fertility has been estimated to occur in the mid-twenties, with a decline after the age of 35," the researchers explain.
"Especially for short-term mating, men show a high interest in fertile women, that is, women in their twenties."What about the researchers' second question, which sought determine if males and females are engaging in sexual activity with partners in their preferred age group? "While women reported similar patterns of sexual interest and sexual activity with regard to men’s age, men reported dissimilar patterns of sexual interest and sexual activity with regard to women’s age," the researchers wrote.
The guy who Instagrams pictures of himself shirtless. The guy who spends like a drunken sailor — on his parents' dime.
The dull guy whose only positive attribute is taking you out to fancy dinners. Without him, you might have to eat Cup O'Noodles, but you will not have to eat your 18.
Some of us do have to dip into the parental fund now and then, but it's for rent, not for said 0 solid-gold nori roll dinner and the flat-screen TV in the living room. The guy who's using Foursquare to brag about his nightlife. I'm about to go take a shit in a really fancy bathroom, want me to check in? The once-a-month hookup you obsessively stalk on Facebook and Twitter. You want to find out if he's seeing someone else, but you don't want to ask your mutual friends, because that is embarrassing, so you just troll his social media feeds like a rabid animal.
So he got into that exclusive nightlife venue: "Ironic Dive Bar" For Insanely Rich People.
Is he the ghost of an old-timey '20s guy with a twirly mustache?
Related: The guy who wears vests without the rest of the suit, unless he is literally Usher.
Always moaning about your girlfriend's flaws over beer and then casually mentioning that my tits look great today? Butt-chugging the most Jose Cuervo at 5 PM on a Tuesday night is not a stable long-term life goal.