Older women too find younger guys sexually attractive.
So a 40-year-old woman might want to have sex with the pool boy, but she certainly would not want to marry him." It seems there’s a Hugh Hefner inside us all.
If we want to lose weight, we might forgo that dish of ice cream, even though we desire it," Buss says.
"Similarly, men who experience sexual desires for younger women when they are already married may choose to act or not to act on their desires.
If we use our technology to separate that natural process, we can have lots of fun and sex without having the baby’.’ In other words, there’s a glitch in the system.
Men are still programmed to sexually desire young women, but that desire isn’t bearing fruit due to contraception.
Which brings us back round to the caveman hypothesis.
Which begs the question: why are men so obsessed with twentysomething women? Buss is an Evolutionary Psychologist and author of The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating.
He told me in an email that the findings of the study were "roughly" correct and that men are attracted to women who show cues of peak fertility (youth, beauty, symmetry), typically in the early to mid-twenties and usually centring on the age of 24. "Men in our evolutionary past who were attracted to infertile women are not our ancestors; they bit the evolutionary dust.
But for other men, those who have either not been married by their 40s or are facing a post divorce life in their 40s, there’s a lot of good news that they need to know about.
In youth, the game of sexual relationships is played according to the rules dictated by women. Young women of child bearing age have a clock ticking and they know that they need to find the most suitable father for their children.