When it comes to young women dating older men, almost everyone has an idea what is an “acceptable” age gap.Sure, you might claim that “love is all that matters,” but you will probably still turn up your nose when you see a 20-something year old with an aging geezer.

However, regardless of what culture you come from, it is considered acceptable – if not – for the man to be older than the woman.

In 1989, in what was probably the largest study on the issue of age gap in relationships, David Buss surveyed people from 37 cultures and 6 continents.

In every culture, the men preferred younger women (2.66 years) and the women preferred older men (3.42 years).

More recent studies, like the one by University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, have found the same preference across cultures worldwide.

I’m talking about dating older men 7 to 25 years their senior.

Despite how common younger women dating older men is, it is still a bit taboo.

So, here we will look at age gap statistics, why women date older men, and whether age really matters.

If you were to ask two people from, say, Belgium and Saudi Arabia, what they thought was an “acceptable” age difference when dating, then you’d obviously get very different answers based on cultural norms.

I guess all cultures think that “women mature faster than men.”That leads us to the question of Other studies show an even larger preferred age gap between men and women.