Men and women hold different opinions when it comes to the optimal age of a new sexual partner, at least according to one new study.
The Finnish study, published in Evolutionary Psychology, surveyed more than 2,600 adults between the ages of 18 and 50 about their sexual preferences.
The researchers found that women, regardless of their age, preferred partners who were slightly older than them. This preference, and the pool of men that prove sexually attractive to women, remains relatively static with the passing of time.
While men generally expressed a preference for women in their 20s, researchers found that their pool of interest tends to expand over time. In other words, while an attraction to younger women is a lifelong predilection for most men, they seek out women their own age as they themselves get older.
The researchers also note that while many older men may continue to fantasize about younger women, this age discrepancy isn’t typically reflected in their actual sexual relations. In fact, most sex takes places between people who are relatively the same age, give or take a couple years.