4) Curiously, I’ve garnered 0% interest in men at age 40-45. Could be because they’ve only filtered to below their ages so I don’t show up in their search?

Or, it could be caused by something as shallow and immediate as a woman not wanting anyone to mistake her date for her younger brother or, God forbid, her son.

Fortunately, more women are realizing the flaw in these beliefs.

Similarly, among 26,434 men ages 30 to 49, 42% wouldn’t even consider a woman if she was older than him.

However, if contacted by an older woman, men wouldn’t necessarily turn her down.

There are WAY too many exceptions to this for us to fight about, so please, let’s not.

Let’s just agree that women, like men, prefer dating younger, that men are receptive to emails from all sorts of women, and that both genders are equally driven by youth and beauty.

Hmmm…Very timely topic as I’ve recently decided to try online dating. 1) Even though my listed target ages are 38-53, men well below that target are contacting me.

However, if I like a man’s picture, I respect the age preference listed in his profile, and if I see my age is outside their target, I move on. To be fair to myself though, no guy has made enough money for me to deem him good looking if my initial thought was that he wasn’t.

Add this to the annals of studies that confirm things we already know anecdotally.

A piece in Time Magazine cites numbers from the Are You Interested Facebook app that concludes that, among 35,942 users ages 30 to 49, a woman was five times more likely to show interest in a man who was five years her junior, rather than one who was five years older.

Namely, that if you look at a typical 40 year old man’s search preferences, it will generally read 27-35.