The study, conducted by a matchmaking website, reveals that as women become more mature, their preferences and taste in men change. Picture: AFP
A recent study by a matchmaking website in the UK reveals that women's taste in men changes as they get older. We ask experts if this is true.
Whoever thinks that age is just a number and has no bearing on our dating choices would do well to look at the findings of a recent study in the UK.
The study, conducted by a matchmaking website, reveals that as women become more mature, their preferences and taste in men change. We get experts to explain why it happens.
Psychiatrist Anjali Chhabria says the findings of the study are true, not only for women, but men too. People seek different things at different points in life. Our choices in partners will also reflect this change.
She says, "What we want from a relationship when we are 16 may depend on peer pressure, hormones, ego-boost, etc.
But at 25, relationships may depend more on a person's social and emotional needs. As you grow older, a relationship may depend on how much emotional, mental and financial support it gives you. This change, in my observation, is present regardless of a person's gender."
Psychologist Mansi Hasan agrees. She says, "At 20, one may want to look cool in front of friends by having a boyfriend who is everybody's blue-eyed boy. But at 30, a woman needs a man who can take care of her and handle the responsibility of a family.
At that stage, she seeks stability and security because she is ready to start a family. Looks may no longer be a priority. In their 40's and 50's, women not only want a husband, but also a friend and companion who fulfils her in more than one way.
Even men go through these changes. However, for them, physical attraction is as significant an aspect as emotional compatibility when it comes to long-lasting relationships."