When my kids were younger and the subject of them dating would come up I would say that I wasn’t going to allow dating until they were married. My only experiences thus far in the teenage world of dating has been as the mother of boys. Either that or her brothers will scare off any boy that dares to come near her. They are the ones pressuring the girls to go further. And my hope is that having six brothers takes the mystery out of boys and that she won’t want to date, knowing that they are gross, farting, burping, smelly creatures. Typically we think of boys as being the aggressors in dating situations.For teens who meet romantic partners online, it is common for those relationships to never actually progress to the point of a physical meeting. Given the number of years today’s teens have been using social media and the volume of content posted to social media profiles, potential suitors have access to a motherlode of material on their crush.Some 31% of teens who have met a partner or partners online, indicate that they have been involved in a romantic relationship with someone online they never met face to face, while 69% of teens who have met a romantic partner online say they have met them in person. One high school girl describes falling down the rabbit hole of a crush’s profile.Lolita is the definitive fictional example of the young girl and the much older man — after all these years, it's still intensely creepy.The pairings: Sam (late 20s) and Kelly (teenager), Sam and Suzie (teenager)Oh, what a tangled web these three weave.
The pairing: Stifler's mom (40s) and Finch (teenager)Was Finch 18 by the time he lost his virginity to Stifler's mom? Either way, a high school student being seduced by a MILF is pretty unsettling, no matter how good of a match they seem to be. Robinson (early 40s) and Benjamin (21)This pair-up isn't illegal — it's just wrong, especially since Benjamin is otherwise involved with Mrs. Who wants her The pairing: Connor (30s) and Mia (15)It's hard to see someone as dashing as Michael Fassbender play a creep, but he's really quite good at it.And they’ve figured out their makeup routine so they won't keep you waiting as long when you're trying to get to an event.”“Age has never really played a role in who I date …I have dated my own age, younger than me, and older.(Then again, just because a guy wants to date a younger girl, doesn't necessarily mean she wants to date him!)As a woman over 30, I decided to try to get to the bottom of this conundrum by asking a series of straight, unmarried men in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s to find out why some actually prefer to date “older” women.