The ideal age of sexual partners is different for men and women

It is found that women are more selective than men in their sexual behaviour; men are more unlikely than women to have sex with their partners. Women on an average are interested in same age to a little older man, whereas men show a desire to be sexually interested in women in their mid-twenties.

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Recent evolutionary psychology research reveals gender differences in age differences in regard to their sexual partners. It is also realised that women’s preferences are better realised than men’s.  The difference between actual partners is much smaller.Researchers in psychology at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland,have suggested that this pattern reflect the fact that when it comes to mating, women control the market. Keeping this theory in mind researchers suggest that men’s actual behaviour follows women’s preferences more closely than men’s preferences.

The study of the pattern of partner’s age preferences was conducted by scientists on gathering observations of samples from over 1,000 Finns. They came to the conclusion that women preferred almost the same age of partner or a slightly older one than themselves. Men above the age of 30 show preferences in having sex with women in their 20s, because they feel that these women are more fertile. Men who are less than 20 in age prefer to have sex with women who are older to them.

It also means that in the evolutionary past, men who have had sex with women in their mid-20s have had more children than other men. This study clearly shows that in terms of sexuality evolution have preferred differences in female and male psychology

The study only looked at heterosexual preferences and heterosexual activity.Researchers plan to study the corresponding pattern in non-heterosexual individuals to carry the study further.

The study is a part of the research project “Parent-Child Incest: Experimental Tests of Evolutionary Mechanisms”. The project was conducted under Jan Antfolk, a researcher in psychology at Åbo Akademi University.