What Is Good For The Gander Isn't Always Good For The Goose
As society evolves, it is becoming more common to see partners of different ages, especially older men with younger women. While this is becoming standard in relationships, it is still somewhat shocking to see a much older woman with a younger man, although it is not unheard of. The term “cougar” is often tagged to these older female relationships, and while they may seem fun for a while, research shows that a younger male, older female relationship may not be beneficial to the woman. In comparison a man dating a younger woman has shown the ability to help slow the aging process. Medical News Today explains: “Previous studies have shown that men with younger wives live longer. While it had long been assumed that women with younger husbands also live longer, in a new study Sven Drefahl from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, has shown that this is not the case. Instead, the greater the age difference from the husband, the lower the wife's life expectancy.”
This may be due to many different reasons, but the most obvious one is that while men don’t feel older in comparison to their younger mates, a woman will almost always wish she was as young as her younger partner, and will feel older when compared to his friends and ex-lovers. By choosing a mate that is the same age as her, a woman will have higher self-esteem, and can feel young without the worry and strain that a younger partner can sometimes impart.
How This Study Came To Be
The study was published in the journal of Demography by Dr. Sven Drefahl, who found that when women married a partner who was nine or more years younger, it increased their mortality rate by up to twenty percent. This helped show that while healthy men may have no problem chasing a younger woman, a healthy woman is usually quite content with a man of her own age, or an older man. Other research showed that the average age for a man is 2.3 years older than his female rate within the United States. The Guardian explains: “Marrying an older man shortens a woman's lifespan, but having a younger husband reduces it even more, the study found. The findings, drawn from the medical records of two million Danish couples, suggest that the best a woman can do is marry a man of about the same age.”
Dr. Drefahl has pointed out that men often have fewer essential social contacts than women do, which means that a younger wife can lead to younger friends, which can lead to a sense of feeling younger. This is exactly the opposite for women, who tend to feel older when placed among a group of younger women and men.
The Benefits Of Marriage To A Same Aged Partner
While it seems that men do benefit from a younger partner, women tend to be creatures more in tune with mentality and commonalities than with the sexual advantages that a younger partner can sometimes imply. Thus, finding common ground with a partner only one or two years in age difference can create a life that is more enjoyable, and thus one that helps women to feel younger. At the very least, having a partner of the same or a similar age, can help a woman keep from aging quicker, which could also be due to the level of activity which is enjoyed by the couple. An older woman is going to have more trouble keeping up with a younger man who is physically active, even if she has an active lifestyle. She may also feel older due to that inability to keep up her activity level, and this can greatly affect her mortality rate.
Whether marrying young or marrying old, studies have also shown that there is a definite advantage to marrying in general. Research shows that men and women who live in a couple have a longer mortality rate than those who choose to live alone. This may do with social interaction, being forced to interact and be active, and in the good feelings that often accompany sharing your life with somebody. Couples that live together but do not marry, also share similar benefits of longevity.
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