A few weeks ago, we published a study on the cost of dating younger women.
This week, our study addresses the question of Cougar and Cub couplings.
A “Cougar” is generally defined as an attractive woman over 30 years old, who is dating or likes to date younger men (affectionately referred to as “Cubs”).
For me, the realization that Cougars is a younger man’s fantasy started when Finch ended up on top of Stifler’s mother, Jeanine, on the pool table in the movie. Hundreds of “cougar dating” websites have surfaced all over the place to cater to this dating niche made even more popular by the likes of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
So is “Cougar dating” a real trend, a viable relationship configuration, or is it just a myth fueled by teenage boys who lusted over their high school teachers only to eventually grow up?
To begin understanding the Cougar Phenomenon, we start by conducting a survey which was sent out to younger male members of our websites (Whats Your Price.com, Seeking and Seeking Millionaire.com) who have shown an affinity to or preference for dating older women.
The results may or may not surprise you: Over 89% of the younger men surveyed said they like Cougars because Cougars are more sexually experienced.
It appears from the value curve above that at least some stereotypes we often hear do hold some truth.
For example, that female models earn the most before they turn 30. But no matter what some of you may read from the value curves above, it has proved a useful tool for predicting when Cougar-Cub couples get together, and when they are likely to break up.The value curves also provide clues of what types of Cougar-Cub relationships stand the best chance of surviving in the long run.Let us take the Demi Moore – Ashton Kutcher union as an example.72% like dating Cougars because they probably don’t have to pay for the date.58% said they prefer Cougars because Cougars don’t come with the same commitment expectations that younger women have.38% said they love older women because Cougars know what they want.