Not so their female counterparts, who by this point are keen to stop wasting time, their biological clocks ticking ever more loudly.
And so, says Smedley, these men go for much younger women who haven't got round to thinking about such things - or women significantly older who 'they still find very attractive' and who have already had children or decided they didn't want them.'Young women often view men as success objects (ie defined and rated by how much they earn and own) - and there's less chance of that with a more mature woman who, chances are, has already attained her own success.
At first I thought he was just being chatty, then it became clear - to my astonishment - he was chatting me up.
Look how well it worked out for Hollywood star Demi Moore, who met and then married the virtually unknown actor Ashton Kutcher and catapulted him into her world of celebrity.
Once famous himself, he dumped her for a younger woman.
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A common rule of thumb when it comes to dating is that it’s OK to be interested in someone who is half your age, plus seven years.
It wasn't the first time I'd looked after a drunken youngster who found it easier to confide in me than his mum about his problems and my place was close, so I agreed.
Amanda Platell thinks that something is going on with young men these days - and that it's not so much the fact that they want to date older woman as that they DON'T want to have to commit to younger women This was no filial embrace.
But after a few years of sexual education - and being subsidised by someone with the financial wherewithal to pay for the lifestyle he aspires to - isn't it inevitable that the younger man will ultimately skidaddle when he finally feels like settling down?
Keren Smedley, who is also author of Live The Life You Love At 50 , says: 'It's true that the majority of people want children at some point - many men get to their early 40s and suddenly realise this is what they want after all.
This levels the playing field a bit more.'We hit the floor, he clearly believing himself to be the reincarnation of Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing.