For some people, age is only a number and has no affect on their dating life. But for others, the age of the person they are dating is a quite remarkable factor. In fact, your own age could be affecting your dating life in ways you’ve perhaps not taken into consideration. Some men and women who are in their mid-to-late-20s might like to date people who are much older than them. The attraction could be that an older date may be more financially stable, have a steady career, or have more life experience, all of which are attractive attributes in a long-term partner.

At the same time, some people who are in their mid-to-late-30s may wish to try skewing younger in their dating life. The attraction there being that younger people have a fresh perspective on life and are less jaded.

It doesn’t hurt that younger people may also be a bit more sexually uninhibited. Those in their 20s may have more optimism in the dating scene, because their future is still ahead of them; and so they can afford to be more carefree and fun-loving, which is very appealing in a relationship.

Those in their late-30s or older are most likely seeking a permanent match on the road to marriage and committment. At this age, most people have already carved out a niche in their career, have substantial money set aside for the future, and can now seriously look for a date who could be the right life partner for them. If this sounds like you, you are at that age when you still have the choice between picking younger people or older people to date.

In fact, you might even be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices of prospective dates. This is why you should be in tune with yourself about what you are seeking from a prospective date to guide onto the right path.

If you are already in the 50 and above age bracket, chances are you want to date because there are significant life changes that you have gone through. For example, you might be a recent divorcee who is trying to find a new life partner. Or maybe you have switched careers and now find that you have more time to devote to dating.

One problem that people in this age bracket may face is the fact that they may be more self-conscious of their physical appearance. The thing to remember is that you are not alone -- everyone feels self-conscious of their looks at every age.  Take heart in knowing that confidence and personal happiness always goes a long way in finding love.

The world of dating is not a scripted play where each actor knows what he or she is supposed to say, think and do. And so it goes with age and dating, because each person has his or her own expectations and what they’re looking for at different points in their lives. Still, the funny thing is that you might actually unexpectedly meet someone who is truly compatible with you in all areas even if that new person isn’t the age you had in mind.


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