Do older men want younger women?

    Survey of Canadian males shatters stereotype

    TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - It's an, err, age-old stereotype: older men
prefer younger women. After all, the thinking goes, dating young women proves
a man's virility and earns him bragging rights in the locker room. But a
recent survey by XY Canada, publisher of the Wyre, the daily email for guys,
suggests it's just that -- a stereotype, and that most men don't aspire to
Michael Douglas-esque hook-ups.

    The poll of 424 males revealed:

    -   The majority of respondents (56%) think an age difference of 5 years
        or less is optimal in a relationship. (62% of respondents have had
        relationships where the age difference was greater than 5 years, so
        they are speaking from experience)

    -   Almost half (45%) think an age difference of 10 years or more is

    -   68% cite differences in "life experiences" as the biggest obstacle to
        success when dating younger women. Acceptance by family and friends
        is also seen to be significant - 30% said it is an obstacle. Only 9%
        said differences in sex drive might be a problem

    XY Canada Executive Editor Russell Smith says, "I was surprised by the
conservatism of our respondents: most would rather date a woman quite close in
age to their own. Only 16% said that they thought age differences weren't
    Smith says, "Respondents seemed most concerned about the educational,
social and financial differences and see them as big obstacles to dating much
younger women. The consensus is that a relationship won't be successful
without the common ground that comes with age. What a sensitive bunch of

    About XY Canada

    Lead by author and style guru Russell Smith, XY Canada is an advisory
service for guys (XY) on all aspects of urban life in Montreal (YUL), Calgary
(YYC) Edmonton (YEG) Toronto (YYZ) and Vancouver (YVR). XYUL publishes a daily
email, the Wyre, on topics that include style, nightlife, food, women and
other stuff that appeals to the y-chromosome. To get a free subscription to
the Wyre, visit and select your city.

For further information:

For further information: Russell Smith, Executive Editor, XY Canada, is
available for interviews on this subject in English and in French. He can be
contacted at (416) 588-1431 or; Or contact Peter
Coish, Publisher, XY Canada at, or (647) 291-5567

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