Old woman dating young
Could it be that the age gap exists just because it’s default behavior — a standard that persists simply due to the fact that it hasn’t been adequately challenged?
Left Chart: This shows men’s reply rate (by percentage) when women message first.
Men tend to message women significantly younger than they are.
By the time they’re 55, men send more than half their messages to women at least 8 years their junior.
For example, there’s a 65% chance a 25-year-old man will reply to a 50-year-old woman.
Right Chart: This shows women’s reply rate (by percentage) when men message first.
It appears this age gap is largely driven by dudes.
(Across all ages, straight women write shorter profiles than straight men.)And then there are those 50-year-old women who clean up with the 20-year-old dudes.If we graduated without a future husband in tow, the men in our class would forgo us for younger, dumber women.She advised we start the search as early into college as possible. If he was sour over being stuck with a crusty upperclassman like me, he didn’t show it.Not my ideal meet cute, but whatever — and it made me wonder: is the old norm of older man with younger woman out?I decided to find out by pulling data on Ok Cupid messaging between straight daters from 2013 to today — so I looked at over 10 million “successful” conversations, defined as convos that included at least at four messages back and forth with contact exchange.
At first blush, things didn’t look so hot: 61% of conversations take place between an older man and a younger woman, and in almost half of them, the age gap is at least five years older.