“I dated an 18 year old when I was 23, so maybe I'm not the demographic you want.
There's a simplicity to relationships with younger women.
Another says: “A lot of dudes in their 20's do not match up to the expectations set by girls in their 20's. Girls 18-19 tend to have lower expectations.” New York-based psychotherapist Camilla Mager says that while the positive impact on one’s self-esteem cannot be underestimated, these relationships aren't likely to last.
"It is too simple to reduce it to money or sex, but hard not to given the obvious differences in credibility, maturity and beauty.
Even for men who don’t explicitly want children, evolutionary psychology holds that they are still programmed unconsciously to be attracted to younger women for this reason.” A third theory relates to cultural values and a generally patriarchal society, Wright says.
“First, our society — and perhaps especially celebrity culture — is youth obsessed, and much more so for women than men.
In other words, a deep connection on an intellectual level is likely a rare thing, say experts. “One theory proposes that one of the greatest motivators for human behavior is the ‘denial of death’ (the theory proposes that this is why we create art, why we mentor others, etc. Dating a younger woman can help men feel more youthful and help stave off the midlife crisis (when we stop thinking about our lives in terms of time from birth and start thinking about our lives in terms of time till death),” Wright says.
"For others, it may be a longing or need to be doted upon and appreciated for their stature and significance.
Women like men who are older because they're more masculine and usually have more money.
I thought this was common knowledge,” explains one commenter.
Given the differences in values, views and often life goals for a 19-year-old versus a 45-year-old, I would say that generally these romances are unlikely to last.
For a relationship to work, there has to be a mutual understanding and communication which is much harder — though not impossible — to find when the generational divide is so wide." Personal Space is Bravo's home for all things "relationships," from romance to friendships to family to co-workers. Then Like us on Facebook to stay connected to our daily updates.