While relationships involving older men and younger women have existed for generations, the phenomenon of older women dating younger men is becoming increasingly popular. It has been a longstanding tradition for successful businessmen to woo much younger women but as women are becoming more and more successful in the business world, they too are beginning to enter into relationships with much younger men. Whether they view it is a sign of stature to be able to attract a much younger man or whether they simply find themselves more compatible with younger men there is an increasing trend of older women becoming involved in relationships with younger men. Although, these situations can work out quite nicely there are some factors to consider. When dating a younger man, the women should consider the maturity level of her partner, the intentions of her partner and the opinions of others.
The question of maturity is often linked to the situation where an older woman is dating a younger man. Women are usually perceived as being more mature than their male counterparts of equal age so it stands to reason that a younger man would likely be significantly less mature than the older woman. Depending on the ages involved though this may not be critical. While a man in his twenties or even thirties may still have quite a bit of maturing left to do a man in his fifties may not have this issue to deal with. For this reason, it is not only the age difference but also the current ages of the partners that factors into the equation. A twenty year age gap may not be significant in terms of maturity levels when the man is fifty and the woman is seventy but a twenty year age gap where the woman is forty and the man is twenty may cause significant problems. At these ages, it is likely that the woman is already focused on her career while the man is either still in school and possibly even unsure of his future plans. For this reason, the couple may not have enough in common to make the relationship work.
Although the intentions of your partner are important in any relationship, they are extremely important in a situation where an older woman is dating a younger man. Women, in particular are likely to be flattered by the attention of a younger man and make themselves susceptible to potential scams by unscrupulous partners. As women grow older and begin to feel as though they are losing their appeal, they may put themselves at the risk of being duped by a younger man. A woman’s nurturing instinct puts her further at risk for this type of scam because she is likely to pity a younger man who seems to be struggling to get his career or business started. One common scenario is for a younger man to enter into a relationship with an older woman and convince her to lend him money for education, his career or some other reason and then leave her. Although, this is not always the case, it is important for an older woman in a relationship with a younger man to be aware of this possibility.
It is inevitable that family will have opinions about your relationships but they are especially likely to be opinionated when there is a significant age gap between the partners. While their concerns are natural, it is important to not let them influence your decision if you have already carefully weighed the situation and feel confident that you have made the correct decision. When your family members become vocal about your relationship, it is important to listen to their opinions objectively but to trust your own judgment. They may point out something that you haven’t considered and if this happens you should do your own analysis on the situation instead of allowing them to influence your opinion.
Women who are involved in relationships with younger men face a unique set of challenges. Since it is a relatively new idea for older women to be involved with younger men, there is not a long-standing tradition regarding these relationships. Women in these types of relationships need to be cautious of their partner’s intentions and leery of his maturity levels while trying to maintain true to their own feelings. These tips will help women to realize whether or not her relationship with a younger man is feasible.