Gay older men dating younger men
All study participants gave the age range they would “consider” for a sexual partner.
For the study, Antfolk surveyed nearly 2,700 adults between the ages of 18 and 50.And men and women did not differ much when it came to the oldest age they would consider.Plus, men’s actual behavior looked different from their reported interests.Study participants were asked about the age range of their sexual partners — but the “context” was left out, he said.So it’s not clear how often older men were actually dating women their own age, or how often they’d been with the same woman for the past 20 years, he explained.Antfolk agreed, noting that Finland has a high level of “gender equality,” which might have swayed the findings.
As for bisexual and homosexual study participants, similar patterns showed up.
Their actual partners were sometimes much younger, the study found.
According to Lehmiller, that finding is in line with past research showing larger age differences in same-sex couples versus heterosexual couples.
He directs the social psychology graduate program at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
But it’s difficult to know what drives people’s actual sexual behavior, Lehmiller pointed out.
And on average, they had a more generous definition of “too young” than women did.