It's no secret that dating changes radically as you get older.
Look at how men have set their age preferences on Ok Cupid: As you can see, a man, as he gets older, searches for relatively younger and younger women.
Meanwhile his upper acceptable limit hovers only a token amount above his own age.
The median 31 year-old guy, for example, sets his allowable match age range from 22 to 35—nine years younger, but only four years older, than himself.
As I explained a couple months ago, in Your Looks And Your Inbox the hottest girls are swamped with male attention.
They get 4× the messages as the merely "average" and up to 25× as many as women at the lower end of the spectrum.
Most importantly, their mean reply rate to any but the absolute hottest guys is a paltry 16%. As it is, men between 22 and 30—nearly two-thirds of the male dating pool—focus almost exclusively on women younger than themselves.I'll be investigating this phenomenon today, with gusto and charts.Ultimately, I'll argue that they would be well-served to expand their search upwards, to women in their thirties and forties.Because it has been a successful way to introduce previous posts, I wanted to put real faces on this demographic before I delve into a bunch of numbers.Pictured below are some single users in their mid-thirties or early forties, taken from the first couple pages of my own local match search.Nothing I'll talk about today pertains necessarily to any one of them, but I wanted to put forward some people to go with the statistical discussion.