Skip to comments.Men Have Evolved To Choose Young Wives
Posted on 08/28/2007 7:26:47 PM PDT by blam
Men have evolved to choose young wives
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 29/08/2007
There is a 25 year age gap between Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas
Men have evolved to seek wives and girlfriends who are younger than they are to maximise their chances of reproducing, researchers have found.
Couples are most likely to have a greater number of children if the man is about six years older.
A team from Vienna University studied more than 11,600 Swedish men and women, aged 45-55, and their partners and found that relationships in which the man was six years older than the woman produced the most children - an average of 2.2.
Women placed more emphasis on resources and status - leading them typically to choose older men.
Martin Fieder, who led the team and whose research was published online by the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, said: "These findings may account for the phenomenon that men typically prefer and mate with women younger than themselves, whereas women usually desire and mate with men older than themselves.
"We conclude that the age preference for the partner increases individual fitness of both men and women and may thus be an evolutionarily acquired trait."
When the team examined those who had changed partners after the birth of their first child they found men ended up with women younger than their first choice, while women chose men who were younger than their first partner but still a little older than themselves.
Mr Fieder said: "These findings support the reported age preferences of ageing men for increasingly younger women as well as of women for a partner just a little older than themselves.
"We attribute the shift to a younger partner to a potential compensation for the fertility loss caused by the individuals' increasing age."
you get better equipment
with younger wives.
My first wife was 7 years younger than me. My second wife was 14 years younger than me.
Currently looking for my next ex!
20 goes into 40 more than 40 goes into 20.
As I’ve gotten older (currently 55), I have discovered that the practice is much more rewarding than the actual procreation.
Hehehehe... the gap is now the size of a divorce.
Must be a slow newsweek. Everyone knows that men choose mates based on their ability to reproduce,and women choose mates based on their ability to provide.
So its biology, not choice, eh guys?? ;-)
My wife gave me a fly rod a few years ago. I am sure it cost a lot and I know she did a lot of research and spoke to some friends before she picked it out. Boy, I must say it is a great rod. Light flexible very shiny and still has that brand new look and feel.
I also have this other rod, old, a bit tattered. It is not quite as pretty as it was when my grandfather gave it to me on my 16th birthday. But you know what? It feels comfortable, real good in the hands, nice balance.
And I sure caught a lot of fish with it. Still do.
I’m sure Viagra had a hand in it. :)
Of course the fact that Michael Douglas is almost a billionaire has nothing to do with Catherine's love for him. Heard they also have quite a pre-nuptial agreement too..... Funny how I never see any young beauties squiring around with older poor men.
Women Have Evolved to Make Their Own Choices
Sorry Telegraph staff, but women have evolved to make their own choices. Perhaps you better tell them what fools they are. I'm sure you'll be appreciated for letting them know you should be making their decisions for them.
There was a 31 year difference between Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra.
Ah, but to liberals, the idea that men and women behave differently (except that women are more intuitive and thus superior) IS news
18 posts and several referances to CZJ, but no pictures!!!!! What is FR coming to?
Except in your original post.