Women are delaying having children, so biologically we need younger partners. The stats you show do not account for these rapid changes that only began in the 1990's.
We love these couples who are cuter than ever and who, in many cases, have been happily married for years.
Please note in a few cases we did our best to estimate current ages based on info available so we may be a year off on occasion, but like we said, age is nothin’ but a number. Brand consultant Michelle Harper has been, as her Instagram describes, Jenny Shimizu’s #Wife For Life since 2014.
There are few absolutes in matters of the heart and I know plenty of successful age-gap marriages.
You could leave for a younger man, only to find this youthful male leaves you for a younger woman, or loses his mojo, or (and this is the more likely scenario) doesn’t fully reciprocate your emotions.
Now that we don't need to do that we're going for younger men.
Literally, we are choosing physical attraction over security because we now have options that never existed for us before.
Also, science only looked at fertility in women up until recently.
Now science has studied mens ability to father children and discovered that there is an increased risk of miscarriage and birth deformities when the male partner is over 35.
The “half your age plus seven” rule of thumb probably helps you avoid being a creep, but is it accurate?
Much to my surprise, when overlaying a line representing the rule of thumb on Kenrick and Keefe’s results (see red line in the figure below), you can see it closely matches the low end of the range (i.e., youngest preferred) for all but the oldest men.
However, it doesn’t represent women’s preferences at all.