People’s experiences in life are vastly different from one another and how long you’ve been on this planet does not define or dictate exactly where you should be at any given time during your adult life.Circumstances and experiences shape you into whom and where you are as a person at any given time, and only you can decide what it is that you need when you need it.
(Since men hitting up women within one to nine years younger is considered “normal” by society in most cases.) So in a way, a 45 year old man working with a 26 year old woman would apply here, even though she’s technically not a VYW.
As far as I know, there are three things I need to connect to someone I’m in a relationship with; understanding, comfort and laughter.
Lacking these would be a deal breaker no matter the age gap.
Research, however, seems to show men who prefer a younger partner are onto something.
A report in 1843 goes into age gaps and the different attitudes men and women have toward them.
While research done by OKCupid on data from their site indicates women still tend to go for guys their age, men are often (unsurprisingly) into women in their twenties, no matter the man's age.