I asked my friend Trevor, a 28-year-old mathematician, what he made of it.
“Well to be honest,” said Trevor, “I usually go for older women.
I almost forgot about the Princeton Mom until last month, when international headlines went nuts over the new French president elect and his wife.
Brigitte Trogneux met Emmanuel Macron when he was 15 and she was his 39-year-old drama teacher, already married with three kids.
The older men get, the younger the women they message (relative to their own age).
Women, on the other hand, message and respond most often to men about their own age.
It appears this age gap is largely driven by dudes.
Men start 80% of conversations on Ok Cupid, and they tend to message younger women.
There just weren’t any of them, anywhere (or if there were, they were in hiding).When women start conversations, they tend to message men closer to their own age.By 55, they’ll send more than half their messages to men at least 4 years their junior.They have more interesting jobs and hobbies, and their profiles are just …no stupid selfie-only profiles.”Did that explain it?