I have dated my own age, younger than me, and older.Being a cougar isn't for the faint of heart ... For nearly five years, I've been dating a man 15 years my junior.Men in their 20s date women over 30 because:“They understand better how to interact in a relationship.”Men in their 40s add:“Women over 30 have stopped putting metal through their lips and tongues which makes it easier to kiss them.And they’ve figured out their makeup routine so they won't keep you waiting as long when you're trying to get to an event.”“Age has never really played a role in who I date …)As a woman over 30, I decided to try to get to the bottom of this conundrum by asking a series of straight, unmarried men in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s to find out why some actually prefer to date “older” women.Turns out, there’s lots to love about women of a certain age.But what can a younger man expect if they do find love with an older woman?Here are the 8 things you need to know When dating older women, it’s important to bear in mind that you may be at very different stages in your lives.
A responsibility like children will restrict spontaneity and you won’t always be the priority in her life.A common rule of thumb when it comes to dating is that it’s OK to be interested in someone who is half your age, plus seven years.However, the rise of the "older woman-younger man" relationship has loosened this relationship convention and instead celebrates the age-gap romance.In September, a study of 12,000 Finns reaffirmed what prior research had already established. If dudes were really so set on their caveman-era mating habits, wouldn't we see more single ladies over 30 home knitting tea cozies on Friday nights?(Then again, just because a guy wants to date a younger girl, doesn't necessarily mean she wants to date him!Contrary to popular belief, the older woman isn't the predator — in fact, it's the quite opposite. A relationship like that isn't viable — he'll cheat on her with someone his age. Giphy Ashton and Demi's problems were less about the age difference and more about her insecurity and his infidelity.Demi Moore may have set the stage for the "Cougar Era", but her self-esteem issues were not consistent with those of the typical cougar. Older women have limited patience for the shenanigans of youth, so stick to these five no-fail rules and you will be dating older women in no time. Women, on the other hand, prefer guys closer to their own age.Here are 10 common myths about cougars in the dating world, and the REAL facts that totally debunk them:1.A cougar is a hunter who preys on an innocent younger man. Some guys are naturally drawn to older women like any other physical "type," such as preferring blondes to brunettes.