Formula for acceptable dating age
That is, the extent to which someone has “good genes” – indicated by their attractiveness and sense of energy (also known as vitality) – and the extent to which they are a “good investment” – indicated by their status and resources as well as their warmth and sense of trust.
Although men and women place importance on a partner who is warm and trustworthy, women place more importance on the status and resources of their male partner.
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While there is variation across cultures in the size of the difference in age-gap couples, all cultures demonstrate the age-gap couple phenomenon.
With more women working, in higher positions and being paid more, they no longer have such a reliance on men for resources.
So fewer women will prioritise resources when looking for a mate.
In some non-Western countries, the average age gap is much larger than in Western countries.
For example, in some African countries about 30% of unions reflect a large age gap. And do couples with large age gaps experience poorer (or better) relationship outcomes compared to couples of similar ages?