Create an average age range that allows enough leeway. Your optimum range should not be someone else’s. If you like younger men, by all means don’t waste the time of an older man just so you have someone to go out with. If your friends think that dating younger women is the catalyst for creating a stand-up routine, then it is time to get new friends.
Your age-range preference will most likely change as you get older. Do you remember when you were in your 20’s and 50 seemed ancient?
First, when I was in my 20’s a man five years older than me was preferable. I met a young man five years younger than myself when I was 27. He was handsome, athletic, intelligent, funny and gentle. I never looked at him as a serious candidate for a long-term relationship because he was so much younger. I’ve often wondered if that wasn’t one of my biggest errors in judgment.
Then in my early 30’s, a man who was ten years older became my ideal. I was single again after my second marriage; I was looking for anyone who was not like my most recent ex. Their age became more crucial. I no longer sought the wisdom of an older man who wanted to sway and influence my thoughts and decisions. I desperately desired to be considered an equal on every level.