If you’ve ever been in an age gap relationship with a man who’s a lot older than you are, you’ve probably been asked on more than one occasion about what you’re doing. Many people can’t quite seem to grasp why women like older men, and often assume that it’s just because of their deep pockets.
In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in younger women dating older men, but it isn’t just for the money. On top of being more financially stable, older men tend to be more emotionally stable, more confident, and more secure about who they are. And now there’s some proof to back that up.
One popular dating web site polled 2,000 adults and found that those over the age of 45 reported feeling happier with life and more content in their personal relationships than they were at a younger age. A significant majority (83%) of the older adults believed that they had a solid social network of family and friends, and 61% said they were content with their life overall, compared to only 56% of those under 45 who felt the same way.
What does this mean for age gap relationships? Well, because older men are obviously more emotionally secure and content with their life, they’re more likely to settle down and commit in a relationship, and will be less worried about making money and showing it off.
Older men, particularly those over 45, aren’t willing to fade into the background. They’re just moving into a new stage of their life—they’ve made their money, they’ve raised their kids, and now they’re ready to make the most out of life, including their romantic life, too.
Many of these older men are just looking for someone to spend this stage of life with. And while money certainly isn’t everything for younger women dating older men, financial stability is definitely the icing on the cake in these types of age gap relationships.
What do you think: Do older men in age gap relationships make better long-term partners?
Woollacott, E., “Life begins at 45, survey finds,” AOL web site, May 1, 2014; http://goo.gl/pdgG6D.