CHARTS: Guys Like Women In Their Early 20s Regardless Of How Old They Get
It’s a common cliche that older men chase much younger women, but charts from the book «Dataclysm» provide real evidence that men at every age are consistently most attracted to women in their early 20s.
«Dataclysm» author and OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder uses numbers from the dating site to show how women and men differ in the ages of the people they’re attracted to.
Men, regardless of their age, tend to say women in their early 20s look best, while women are most attracted to men their own age.
Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking / Christian Rudder
To make these charts, Rudder looked at the preferences of OkCupid users. As you can see, a woman’s taste in men typically evolves as she ages, while a man’s taste in women stays the same no matter how old he gets.
But there’s another layer to this data. Although men at every age seem to be attracted to very young women, they most often message women who are closer to their own age.
The age range of women men say they’re most interested in tends to fall within their own age range:
The same goes for the women men message the most:
And hardly any men in their 30s message 20-year-old women:
Still, it’s harder for women to find a mate as they get older. Rudder wrote in a blog post for OkCupid in 2010: «a man, as he gets older, searches for relatively younger and younger women. Meanwhile his upper acceptable limit hovers only a token amount above his own age.»
Fact: Over age 22, you’re all dried up. Last week’s bagels, yesterday’s baguette. So says the data on what men really want when they are at home alone under the covers hiding from complex interactions. And you know data doesn’t lie, just as you know that analogies comparing your worth to bread products are apt and good.
Don’t take it from me. I will let Sheila Eldred at Discovery News tell you the breaded truth:
A new book based on relationship data reveals much about the way people interact and view each other, but one graphic from the book’s first chapter is generating all the buzz. Here’s how the author describes the salient piece of data regarding how men view women:
«From the time you’re 22 you’ll be less hot than a 20-year-old, based on this data,» Christian Rudder said at a recent talk, according to FiveThirtyEight. «So that’s just a thing.»
Yes, ha, just a trifling thing, like a teacup or a fact or an incrementally but visibly aging female face and body. That thing is data that Rudder, the president/co-founder of OKCupid, has collected for a new, hotly bid upon book called Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking). And what can you do with data but present it sheepishly?