While you figure out the math, let me be clear that I’ve met several other women in their early- to mid-20s who also prefer to date from a much older pool for various reasons.And while cliché dictates that, sure, men are into it, there’s been some recent research done about younger females often gravitate toward mature men.People are shocked when I respond “mutual friends.” How could a girl in her early 20s be friends with people in their late 30s?

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If your family is fairly protective, especially your dad, it can be a pretty nerve-racking conversation.

What helped me most was talking about how wonderful he is leading up to their meet and asking my older sister to talk to them too.

In general, there’s a stigma that a younger woman dates an older man because he’s more powerful and can essentially take care of her.

And while that may be true for some, a 2010 study by the University of Dundee in Scotland found that as women become more financially independent, their taste may skew toward older (and better-looking) men. As a woman becomes more confident in her own career and finances, she seeks a partner who matches that, which often is not a 25-year-old guy.

Getting awkward questions (wait, do you know each other?! I find it difficult to explain to people how my relationship came to be.

I’m often asked how we met—and not in a giddy kind of way (it’s more like concern).One thing I’m incredibly grateful for is not having to deal with jealousy in my current relationship.Sure, it occasionally happens, but my boyfriend understands that being in a codependent relationship leads to all sorts of trouble and that spending time apart sometimes is key.Anyone who’s been in a serious long-term relationship knows the journey isn’t without certain challenges, and when you’re dating an older man—we’re talking a decade or more—things can get even trickier.I know this firsthand, as I’m 25 years old, and I’ve been dating an older guy nearly 15 years my senior for almost four years.It can be tough when you and your older partner can’t share childhood commonalities (dude’s never read a book!?