Story Credits. Academics suggest that this is down to the subconscious impact that women of about 25 years of age have the highest fertility.
10 ways to meet singles in lincoln, ne (dating guide)
The reality largely aligns with this — the average age gap for a woman and her partner is 20 months, while, on average, men are in a relationship with someone 13 months younger. This report demonstrates that while there is a complex patchwork of factors that have an influence on our choice of partner, to an extent, we are still being driven by fundamental biology in an increasingly complex world.
The research also found that on average, women prefer to date a man at least 18 months older. Single men cite looks and health as the key factors for dating younger women, while women are looking for a partner with emotional maturity and a desire for a committed relationship.
Dr Robin Kramer of the University of Lincoln, UK, and Dr Alex Jones at the University of Swansea found one in five British men is in a relationship with a woman five years younger, but that men who are fathers are more open to dating women their own age, as priorities and core values change. Looking at the population as a whole, on average, men look for a partner two years younger than they are, while women look for someone 18 months older.
For example, waist to hip ratio in women — otherwise known as an hourglass figure — may indicate levels of oestrogen and testosterone, which can be a of good reproductive function, while emotional maturity in men indicates a more likely willingness to stick around and raise offspring. Published: 4th Marchpm updated 4th Marchpm.
More people than ever are using online dating sites, with virtual dates becoming the new normal for single people during lockdown. Cognitive psychologists from the Universities of Lincoln and Swansea studieddating profiles in partnership with dating site eHarmony, and found that the stereotype of men preferring to pursue younger women is still true, but only to a certain extent.
Interestingly, of men in the age group of 18 to 20, those who wanted children had a minimum age preference about 18 months older than those who did not. Read our latest news stories.
Over 50s dating in lincolnshire
Now a new study shows that while the way we date may have changed, some traditional gender stereotypes still remain. Dr Robin Kramer commented: "Even seemingly simple factors in attraction like a partner's looks often have their roots in evolutionary psychology.
However, among men who don't want children, no age gap exists — indicating fertility is a key component.