It’s extremely individual on which men are mature enough to handle dating an older woman, and which are not, according to Dallisa Hocking, founder of Frog Kisser.“With individuals maturing differently and at various times, I believe that a numerical age shouldn't have much weight when finding a lasting relationship.
Age won't necessarily indicate if someone is ready to be with someone in an adult, emotionally mature and committed relationship,” Hocking said.The older you get, the less difference it makes if your partner is younger.The maturity difference in a 20-year-old man versus a 30-year-old man is vast.So a 25-year-old woman might shy away from a man five years younger than herself, but when she’s 35, she’d be more interested in dating him because he’s more mature and is her equal. “It widens a woman’s choice if she is in her 30’s or 40’s especially.There will be more available guys in her age range.It’s far more common these days for women of all ages to date younger men.
Whether it’s a 24-year-old woman dating a 19-year-old man, or a woman in her 40’s dating a man in his 30’s, it is no longer considered unusual for a woman to opt for a man who is her junior.
There are many benefits to dating men who are younger than you, as well as potential pitfalls to look out for.
Our relationship experts share their best advice on the subject.
If the age gap is not too great, the guy will be more mature than, say a guy in his early to mid 20’s.
When dating younger there is more choice and more quality in that choice, also these guys have less baggage—exes, past wife (wives), children,” said Toni Coleman, a psychologist and a dating coach.
“The problems associated with this are if the age gap is too great, the man is so young that he just can’t meet her emotional and intellectual needs, and/or he is just in it for fun and she wants more.