Recently though, as women have become more socially, psychologically, and sexually liberated, some have begun to ignore social prejudices by dating younger men, sometimes with that five to seven year age gap between themselves and their partners. If you see or hear of one of these unconventional couples, your first instinct might be to giggle and make jokes about “robbing the cradle” or “cougars,” but is an older woman dating a younger man really so bad?Let’s take a look at the main reasons why you may want to consider a younger man for a significant other, as well as reasons why not.If you’re dating a younger guy who’s still in school or has recently graduated, he may not have a job, or at least not one that allows him to fully support himself.The lack of time he spends at work will make him more available to spend time with you, but you may spend the majority of your nights together snuggling in front of the television, because he won’t have the money to pay for expensive dates *even if you offer to split the bill*.While there won’t be much difference in energy level between a 20-year-old and a 25-year-old, or a 25-year-old and a 30-year-old, once you get past the early thirties, you may see some notable differences.It is commonly accepted by several studies that men tend to age a bit more quickly than women, so if you’re a woman in her thirties who is fitter than average, you may find that the men your age or a little older just can’t keep up with you.
Therefore, to make sure you continue to be satisfied with the relationship, your man may offer to do you special favors inside the bedroom and out, frequently buy you gifts, and sing your praises to everyone he meets.
[Read: 9 things you can’t overlook when you date a single parent] He also may not have purchased a home yet, something that tends to take up time and energy.
And if you’re still renting too, you two may become first-time homebuyers together someday. If the man you’re dating is a few years younger than you, then unless you’ve had far less relationship experience than others your age, he likely hasn’t dated as many people in a serious manner.
However, make sure you don’t stay with a younger guy you aren’t really into just for these perks, as that’s pretty shallow.
Furthermore, if you don’t enjoy this special attention, or you feel like he’s dating you just for the ego boost, it’s time to have a talk with him.
If you date a younger man who hasn’t got around to having kids yet, you won’t have to worry about any potentially awkward introductions, especially if you have your own children.