Men tend to message women significantly younger than they are.
By the time they’re 55, men send more than half their messages to women at least 8 years their junior.
And a 30-year-old man is more likely to respond to a message from a 50-year-old woman than a message from any other age group.
When women make the first move, the age gap dating norm is reversed.
I almost forgot about the Princeton Mom until last month, when international headlines went nuts over the new French president elect and his wife.
Brigitte Trogneux met Emmanuel Macron when he was 15 and she was his 39-year-old drama teacher, already married with three kids.
Once they reach 35, women actually respond follows dating age conventions, but what about those women who want to flip the norm on its head?
We had more important things to worry about, like the alarming decay rate of our attractiveness.At first blush, things didn’t look so hot: 61% of conversations take place between an older man and a younger woman, and in almost half of them, the age gap is at least five years older.The older-woman-younger-man combo is significantly more rare (appearing in less than one-third of all conversations), and in only 12% of these is the woman at least five years older.As the only straight woman within reach, I soon became the de facto dating consultant for my male friends, despite my waning expertise.They were even more eager to pick my brain on all things female when I started working as an engineer and data scientist at Ok Cupid, where I analyzed data from millions of daters to get a sense of the “correct” way to date for men, women, and everyone in between.In college I studied Computer Science and forgot how to talk to women.