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15 Reasons Why Women Love Older Men

Best Life Logo Best Life | Slide 1 of 16: <p>Yes, men over 40 are more confident, more connected, and even more fun. — Alex Daniel</p><p>It’s no secret that Hollywood casting agents love to pair older men with younger women. From 51-year-old Tom Cruise fighting aliens in Edge of Tomorrow alongside 31-year-old Emily Blunt, to the 36 year-old Ryan Gosling dancing with 28 year-old Emma Stone in La La Land, to Scarlett Johansson’s, well... her <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/emma-jlaw-and-scarletts-older-man-problem.html?cx_navSource=top-stories-cx&cx_tag=pop">entire career,</a> it’s become something of a cliché that, as the male leads get older, the female leads get younger. (Seriously: who can't forget the most egregious age gap of all, when the white-hot 30 year-old Catherine Zeta-Jones was paired with a 69 year-old Sean Connery in the otherwise forgettable 1999 film Entrapment?)</p><p>Now, we at Best Life definitely aren’t saying that the perfect real-life relationship should mirror any onscreen trends. And God knows there’s plenty of evidence that women can happily find romance with younger beaus. (Just look at Amy Schumer, Julianne Moore, Katie Couric, Kate Hudson, and countless others.) But the reality is that numerous studies—including a recent <a href="http://www.science20.com/news_articles/evolutionary_psychology_why_women_like_older_men_and_men_like_younger_women-145652">Finnish study</a> of more than 12,000 people—have revealed that a lot of younger women do in fact prefer their romantic matches to be older. </p><p>"When it comes to mating, women control the market," the researchers write. "Women, on average, are interested in same-aged to somewhat older men than themselves, and this pattern displays itself across the entire lifespan." (Meanwhile, men are attracted to younger women as sexual partners, the scientists argue, for fertility reasons.) </p><p>Beyond the science, there are plenty of great reasons why women should find dating men above their age bracket more appealing. In fact, there are 15 that immediately come to mind. And whether you're dating older, younger, or someone born the exact same day, don't miss out on the <a href="http://www.bestlifeonline.com/40-things-to-do-after-40">40 Best Things You Need to Do In Your 40s.</a></p>

15 Reasons Why Women Love Older Men

Yes, men over 40 are more confident, more connected, and even more fun. — Alex Daniel

It’s no secret that Hollywood casting agents love to pair older men with younger women. From 51-year-old Tom Cruise fighting aliens in Edge of Tomorrow alongside 31-year-old Emily Blunt, to the 36 year-old Ryan Gosling dancing with 28 year-old Emma Stone in La La Land, to Scarlett Johansson’s, well... her entire career, it’s become something of a cliché that, as the male leads get older, the female leads get younger. (Seriously: who can't forget the most egregious age gap of all, when the white-hot 30 year-old Catherine Zeta-Jones was paired with a 69 year-old Sean Connery in the otherwise forgettable 1999 film Entrapment?)

Now, we at Best Life definitely aren’t saying that the perfect real-life relationship should mirror any onscreen trends. And God knows there’s plenty of evidence that women can happily find romance with younger beaus. (Just look at Amy Schumer, Julianne Moore, Katie Couric, Kate Hudson, and countless others.) But the reality is that numerous studies—including a recent Finnish study of more than 12,000 people—have revealed that a lot of younger women do in fact prefer their romantic matches to be older.

"When it comes to mating, women control the market," the researchers write. "Women, on average, are interested in same-aged to somewhat older men than themselves, and this pattern displays itself across the entire lifespan." (Meanwhile, men are attracted to younger women as sexual partners, the scientists argue, for fertility reasons.)

Beyond the science, there are plenty of great reasons why women should find dating men above their age bracket more appealing. In fact, there are 15 that immediately come to mind. 

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