But, then again, there are a lot of older people who are pretty culturally savvy, and lots of younger Old Souls out there. These effects appear to apply to heterosexual and same-sex couples. A number of variables have been argued to influence the likelihood of women entering into an age-hypogamous relationship, such as racial or ethnic background, level of education, income, marital status, conservatism, age, and number of sexual partners.
Another factor at play may have to do with the stage of life each partner is experiencing. This is largely because, with women being the child bearers, the investment is very high on their behalf time and effort in child bearing and rearing.
It has been argued that a reason gender roles are so prevalent in society is that the expectations of gender roles can become internalised in a person's self-concept and personality.
His career and financial situations were a far cry from mine, and the idea of things getting serious felt rushed and scary to me. Children out of wedlock. Over three-quarters of couples where younger women are partnered with older men report satisfying romantic relationships.
The theory behind this is that, from an evolutionary perspective, women are more prized for their looks, which are thought to decrease with age, whereas men are valued more for their resources, which typically increase as they get older.