Women who date younger men likely to have hap­pier re­la­tion­ships

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

From Demi Moore to Kris Jen­ner, many fe­male celebri­ties have hit the head­lines in re­cent years for dat­ing younger men.

Now, a new study sug­gests that Moore and Jen­ner may have been onto some­thing, as women who date younger men have more sat­is­fy­ing re­la­tion­ships. In the study, sex psy­chol­o­gist Justin Lehmiller sur­veyed 200 het­ero­sex­ual women in re­la­tion­ships about their re­la­tion­ships, in­clud­ing the age of their part­ner, and how sat­is­fied they were.

The re­sults re­vealed that women who were more than 10 years older than their part­ner were the most sat­is­fied with, and com­mit­ted to, their re­la­tion­ships than both women who were younger than their part­ners, and women whose part­ners were close in age.

Lehmiller ex­plained: “Why were the older women hap­pier with their re­la­tion­ships? I can’t say with cer­tainty based on my data, but it may be be­cause when the woman is older, it might shift the power dy­namic to­ward greater equal­ity.

“We know from a lot of re­search that greater equal­ity in a re­la­tion­ship tends to make cou­ples hap­pier, so per­haps it’s the case that this ar­range­ment is just more equitable.”

Lehmiller also sug­gests that re­la­tion­ships in which the woman is older than the man may work as they put the woman in a more dom­i­nant po­si­tion.

He added: “We know that a lot of men are into the idea of sub­mit­ting to a dom­i­nant, pow­er­ful woman—and they tend to see older women as hav­ing those char­ac­ter­is­tics.

“So maybe it is a feel­ing of em­pow­er­ment that ul­ti­mately un­der­lies older women’s greater feel­ings of sat­is­fac­tion—and per­haps that em­pow­er­ment al­lows women to get more of what they want, sex­u­ally and oth­er­wise.”

While psy­chol­o­gist Lehmiller high­lights that fur­ther re­search is needed, he added that he hopes the find­ings will re­duce the stigma fac­ing age-gap cou­ples.

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