Sometimes we make the mistake of assuming that younger men lack maturity. Apparently that is not the status quo; just ask Mariah, Janet Jackson, and a host of other women who have decided to get serious with men years younger than themselves.
A study conducted by the AARP found “34% of women over age 40 have dated younger men, and 35% preferred it to dating older men.” Many studies have discussed why black women are often single. In addition to focusing on our education and careers other factors such as parenthood might play a role as well.
“…single parenthood rates are disproportionately high in Black communities. And since women are usually the primary caregivers, dating options and opportunities can be limited. When we combine these and other smaller issues, older Black women are finding it more difficult to find, date and build relationships with single men who are “compatible.” A compatible man has been conventionally defined as someone two or three years older, from a similar background and with generally higher education and income.”
Today’s women are changing the definition of a “compatible man,” the allure of dating an older man no longer as prominent as it was to women in their early twenties. For more on this story visit Ebony.
BMWK — Why do you think more women are dating and even settling down with younger men? Are you married to a younger man?