It’s a question we are all wondering. Is there a “most attractive” age for men and women? Is the age the same or different for males and females? Luckily for me, there are many studies done on this subject, so I was able to find lots of statistics on what the most attractive age is. Will it be all over by age 40, or can you still look as sexy as George Clooney and Elle McPherson? George is 51 and Elle is either 49 or 50; it’s interesting to note that Wikipedia has two birth dates for her!
First – what do we find attractive?
What do women say is attractive in men?
So, ladies what do you like? I have previously written a post on what I find attractive in men. It seems that some of the things I have mentioned are attributes that other women admire too.
According to research broken down by The Independent, women tend to be more attracted to men who have a relatively narrow waist, a V-shaped torso, and broad shoulders. Women also tend to preference men who are taller than they are, and display a high degree of facial symmetry, as well as relatively masculine facial dimorphism, according to a study called Sex-Dimorphic Face Shape Preference in Heterosexual and Homosexual Men and Women.
What do men say is attractive in women?
What do men like? I also wrote a post where I broke down my body for my readers, mentioning all the things I love and hate. Hey, it’s just a body, right? She’s a good girl but she’s not all of me. The Body causes me trouble every now and then, but on the whole, we get along.
So what do men find hot? Attractiveness research indicates that heterosexual men tend to be attracted to young and beautiful women with bodily symmetry. Evolutionary psychologists attribute such attraction to an evaluation of the fertility potential in a prospective mate. (source: Wikipedia)
Hmmm. So it seems that symmetry is a major factor in attractiveness. I have to say that it’s one thing I have never thought about. I can say for sure that I am not perfectly symmetrical. I’m not wonky, though.
Grey hairs on men OK, but grey hairs on women are not
I found one survey that said this about grey hair: ‘When respondents were asked to use a word to describe grey hair on men the top answer was “distinguished,” but for grey hair on women it was “old.”’ Sheesh. I do not have any greys yet and I don’t plan to get them until I hit 60. Right now I am nearly 35 and some reports might suggest that it is already all over for me!
Women are most attractive at age 30
I found one online source that conducted a study of 2,000 people across the United States. It found that women were considered to have reached their peak at 30, start to show signs of ageing at 41, stop looking “sexy” at 53, and are “old” at 55.
OK – that’s good news. According to the study I still have nearly 20 ‘sexy’ years left before I am ‘old’.
Men are delusional and want much younger women
Have you heard of dating website, eHarmony? It’s all the rage here in Australia but I’m not keen on these sites. If you’re a halfway decent looking girl you get bombarded with messages from tattooed, shirtless yobbos and it’s very hard to deal with. I found an interesting statistic that mentioned:
Cross-cultural data shows that the reproductive success of women is tied to their youth and physical attractiveness… 25% of eHarmony’s male customers over the age of 50 request to only be matched with women younger than 40.
The older we get, the more dates men get, the fewer women get
If you’re a chick, your ‘dating pool’ is shrinking, according to a recent OkCupid study. It found that after age 26 men have a larger potential dating pool than women; by 48 their pool is almost twice as large. The median 31 years-old male user searches for women aged 22 to 35, while the median 42 years-old male searches for women 27 to 45. (source)
30 years old blokes are still “trying it on” with teen girls
Pfft! I do believe this since one of my most popular posts is about my boobs and because one of the tags is teen breasts, I get a lot of traffic that is probably dirty old men hoping to score a peep at some young norks. Please note, when I say ‘teen’ I guess these sites are referring to women who are 18 and 19, not younger.
Here is the quote on dirty old men: ‘The age skew is even greater with messages to other users; the median 30 years-old male messages teenage girls as often as women his own age, while mostly ignoring women a few years older than him. Excluding the most and least beautiful 10% of women, however, women’s attractiveness does not change between 18 and 40.’ (source)