funny thing happened when the cable guy came by to hook up my digital converter box the other day. Now, normally this wouldn’t be a problem: The guy was cute, funny, and fairly knowledgeable about old movies (which I happen to love). At first, it was all love, romance and passion.” Roberta and her young man — who looked like a “young, well-built Sinatra” — dated for three years, during which time she took up clay sculpture, inspired by her boyfriend’s love of art (and, perhaps, his hot body). According to Ganahl, this is another upside to dating young. “The one who takes his shirt off and all the ladies gather to watch from their office window.
Plus, there’s that whole sexual-compatibility thing. “If we can believe that nugget that women and men hit their sexual primes at different times, then a 25-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman is the best of all possible worlds,” she says. ” But I was less enthused about the prospect of dating someone who was born while I was Dating someone younger keeps you young, says Jane Ganahl, former singles columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle who’s currently working on an anthology about older women and younger men.“The younger person tends to be in awe of you because you have more life experience and a lot of the things that maturity brings, like power and money,” she says.“And it’s fun to share those things, to not only be a lover but a mentor.” A lack of life experience can be both a blessing and a curse, though.On the one hand, it means your date’s baggage compartment is more likely to be free of ex-wives and kids.
On the other, they may still be on close terms with their inner child, a laundry-impaired brat who can’t get enough of video games and/or The Simpsons.
Sharmen, a 37-year-old motivational speaker and author from Irvine, CA, ended her relationship with a 24-year-old guy a few months ago because of his immaturity issues.
“He once called me at in the morning wanting me to get out of bed, go to his place, and bring him a pizza,” she says.
“The things young guys try to get away with are insane.” Roberta, too, says she finally ended things with “Frank” after growing tired of constantly being the wise grown-up.
“As time went on, I felt like I was his teacher, then his aunt, and finally, his mother, which was creepy,” she says.
“The passion faded.” Age incompatibilities can take their toll in other ways, says Ganahl.