This kind of woman is “getting off” on being admired, and she is generally bad news.She is the one who is used to juggling several guys and playing with their time and feelings.This concern on the woman’s part is particularly significant if she actually likes you and doesn’t want to turn you off by being too “easy”, too pushy, or appear desperate.
This gives these women reassurance that they are attractive, wanted, and they can get that guy or any guy if they wanted to.
This is especially helpful to a woman’s self esteem if she hasn’t been approached by any guy in a while or if she just got out of a relationship or went through a bad break-up, and could use a boost in her self-esteem.
Also, science only looked at fertility in women up until recently.
Now science has studied mens ability to father children and discovered that there is an increased risk of miscarriage and birth deformities when the male partner is over 35.
The “half your age plus seven” rule of thumb probably helps you avoid being a creep, but is it accurate?
Much to my surprise, when overlaying a line representing the rule of thumb on Kenrick and Keefe’s results (see red line in the figure below), you can see it closely matches the low end of the range (i.e., youngest preferred) for all but the oldest men.
A common rule of thumb, at least on the internet, is that it’s okay to be interested in someone “half your age plus seven” years.
According to this rule, it would not be creepy for a 30 year old to date a 22 year-old, but an 18 year-old would be off-limits.
Women are delaying having children, so biologically we need younger partners. The stats you show do not account for these rapid changes that only began in the 1990's.
If you look at studies now you'll see that women have an average 9 year age range either side of their own with a preference for a small 4 years either side of their own age.
Handling mixed signals that women send to guys is one of the challenges that men face when attempting to initiate a romantic connection with a woman.