NEW YORK – Ask a man in his 50s about his ideal woman, and chances are she would be half his age.
And if a 20-year-old described his dream date, he’d probably choose someone a little bit older.
For, according to a study, no matter how old a man is he always choose a woman in her mid-20s.
But women seem to be a little more realistic, as they tend to fancy men their own age or slightly older. They are more likely to get their way, too, with most of those surveyed in relationships with men a year or two older.
Finnish researchers asked more than 12,500 men and women about the age of their partner and the age of the people they felt most attracted to or fantasised about.
The magic number for men of all ages was around 24 or 25, since older men preferred younger women and those in their late teens or early 20s fancied slightly older women.
Researcher Jan Antfolk, of Abo Akademi University in Turku, south Finland, said a slightly older male is more likely to have the money and stability to bring up a family than a younger man.