You might expect that there would be at least SOME point where a woman being younger stops being better, that men would find such youthfulness immature or short on life experience, but that doesn’t happen.Just to highlight how impressive this is — here is the same graph, with a line drawn in the bottom-right for the (admittedly unscientific) half your age plus 7 rule of socially acceptable dating.
And yes, the All Men Are Scoundrels theory is one (cheap) explanation that fits. Lots of reasons — for fun, for sex, for companionship, or to start a family. Whether you buy the causality is up to you, but the biological correlation is undeniable.
Buckle up boys, it’s going to be an uncomfortable ride. The women at least required some thought to understand, but men’s tastes are about as complicated as a four-piece jigsaw puzzle.
Men of all ages will resoundingly pass over a younger woman for an even-younger one (the blocks get perpetually greener going down, as women get younger).
With a little outside research, however, we could tell another story. And according to this data, men (not women) choose their dates to optimize for starting a family. Granted, with modern medicine women have a high chance of conceiving well into their 40’s, but for 99.99% of human evolution, this was not true, and men’s tastes are likely not up to date.
It’s a pretty safe bet that, in most situations, men aren’t thinking about conceiving a baby when they ask a woman out, but their preferences certainly correlate with that motive. Male fertility is a significant issue, with the onset sooner than you might think.