The folk at TBW HQ saw this in the Daily Mail Online the other day. Despite the fact that we had to amend the relevant ages for accuracy, it's quite a telling piece. What do you think?
When it was first revealed that the then 17 year old Harry Styles was dating 32 year old Caroline Flack, the world was aghast that a grown woman should date a man so many years her junior.
Of course, part of the shock factor with the Styles-Flack situation arose from the fact that Styles was not yet out of his teens.
But still, history has shown that while a man dating a woman many years younger is considered the norm, for a younger man to date an older woman draws comment - most of it negative.
But stars like Demi Moore, who dated Ashton Kutcher, 15 years her junior, and Madonna, who has a long history of dating much younger men, have gradually normalised so-called 'cougar dating'.
And indeed, despite Harry Style's relationship with Caroline Flack causing initial outrage, it seems the unusual situation has paved the way for others to do the same.
One in five men, when asked what age gap they would consider when looking for a girlfriend, now say they would date a woman 15 years older.
The survey of 500 men, conducted by Roxy Palace revealed that 19 per cent said that they would not be bothered an age-gap of 15 years. However, the vast majority drew the line at a two decade gap, with only four per cent saying that the 20 year age difference would not faze them.
Just under a third said they would be happy with a ten year age gap, a percentage which steadily increases as the age gap decreases year by year.
A 15-year age gap, the difference between Demi Moore and her ex-boyfriend Ashton Kutcher, is more appealing to men now thanks to the trend for female stars to date younger men.
However, a majority (53 per cent), responded that an age difference of seven years was the largest acceptable age gap which they would consider when dating.
A one, two and three year age gap scored a 98 per cent approval rating with the public, with a four and five year difference scoring 89 per cent and 74 per cent respectively. Just under two thirds (62 per cent) approved of a six year age difference.
A spokesman from RoxyPalace.com commented: 'Celebrity relationships like that of Harry Styles and Caroline Flack have brought what was considered a taboo subject into the public arena. Even though these relationships with large age gaps are becoming more commonplace...'
One 25 year old male who took part in the survey commented: 'Older women are just that bit more experienced than younger ones and I think for a lot of young men the thought of going out with an older woman is an exciting one.'
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