Maybefriends.com - Age Gap survey results
It's official - Size does matter!
The latest MaybeFriends.com survey has proved what we have heard all along - Size Does Matter! The size of an age gap between men and women, that is! MaybeFriends.com surveyed men and women about the importance – or not – of an age gap. 47.5% of the responses were from men with 52.5% from women and 322 replied in total.
69% of the men and 73% of women said it was the size of the age gap which determined whether it mattered or not. Both sexes felt that an age gap of 5 - 10 years was the most acceptable - whether a woman was dating a younger man or a man was dating a younger woman - or vice versa! This view has not changed since we did a similar survey two years ago.
3.7% of the men thought a woman dating a man more than 40 years younger or more was okay while just 1.2% of the women agreed.
Meryl Streep topped the list of older women that men would like to date while 'Twilight' star Robert Pattinson was the younger male celebrity that women would choose!
The vast majority of the men - 57.4% - said that if a man is dating a younger woman, a gap of between 5 and 10 years is the most acceptable, with 24.8% saying between 10 and 20 years was fine - and 2.8% saying that a woman being over 40 years younger was okay too!
When asked about the acceptable age gap for a woman dating a younger man, again 48.5% of the men said that between 5 and 10 years was deemed the most acceptable. A third – 33.1% - thought between 2 and 5 years was best with nearly 12% saying between 10 and 20 years was okay! 3.7% of men thought a woman dating a man 40 years younger or more was fine!
When the women were asked about the acceptable age gap for a woman dating a younger man, again the vast majority (47.3%) felt that between 5 and 10 years is the most acceptable. 37% felt that up to 5 years younger was okay with 13.3% saying between 10 and 20 years younger was fine.
55.3% of the women also felt that 5 to 10 years was the most acceptable gap for a man dating a younger woman, followed by 19.4% plumping for the woman being 10 to 20 years younger and 18.8% saying no more than five years younger was good.
Older Women/Younger Men:
Nearly 74% of the men said they had dated an older woman. For most (35.6%), the woman was no more than 5 years older – but 32.7% dated a woman between 5 and 10 years older. Nearly 8% had gone out with a woman up to 20 years older – but none admitted to dating a woman more than 20 years older!
Of those men who had not dated an older woman, when asked why, they said they preferred women the same age or slightly younger than them (59.5%) – and 27% said they went for much younger women - with 13.5% saying they didn’t fancy older women.
71% of the women surveyed had dated a younger man with most (37.5%) saying the guys were between 2 and 5 years younger. Nearly 31% were between 5 and 10 years with 23.3% being less than 2 years younger. Just 7.5% had dated a man up to 20 years younger.
For those women who had not dated a younger man, 71% said they preferred men the same age or slightly older with 18% saying that they didn't fancy younger men as they are too immature.
Ideal Younger Celebrity Date:
When the men were asked if they were to date an older celebrity, who would it be, Meryl Streep shaded it over Demi Moore with Michelle Pfeiffer coming in third. Jennifer Anniston and Angelina Jolie got equal number of votes - however, the wide-ranging list showed that Irish men have a very diverse taste! Other women mentioned included Sophia Loren, Helen Mirren, Annette Bening, Cher, Sophia Loren, Cilla Black, Nigella Lawson, Sade, Stevie Nicks, Mary Kennedy, and Sarah Palin-impersonator, Tina Fey! Iris Robinson got one vote.
When asked which younger male celebrity they would date, the women chose, 'Twilight' star Robert Pattinson, very closely followed by Michael Buble and Colin Farrell, with Jude Law taking fourth place.. However, Irish women – like their male counterparts – produced a very varied list! Featuring with the same amount of votes were Robbie Williams, Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher and Jake Gyllenhaal. Following on were Josh Hartnett, Brad Pitt, Dr. McDreamy and Johnny Depp and other Irish men included were Jedward, Daithi O Se and Ryan Tubridy!