Last month, a study published in the Evolution and Human Behaviour Journal revealed that men have a tendency to be sexually attracted to women in their mid-twenties.The study of 12,656 Finns also affirmed that both younger and older men veered towards women of this age.
Which brings us back round to the caveman hypothesis.If men are always programmed to find women in their mid-twenties attractive – if only to pass on their genes – doesn’t this deal a blow to the idea of monogamy?"The key thing is that one has to separate sexual attraction for short-term mating and long term desires in a mate for a committed relationship," Buss says.It’s a notion backed up by Buss’ study of 37 different cultures around the world, which revealed kindness and intelligence as two traits that beat out ‘physical attractiveness’ in desires for a long term mate (alongside compatibility such as similarity of political orientations and religious views)."Just as with food, we can choose to act on our desire or not to act on our desires.If we want to lose weight, we might forgo that dish of ice cream, even though we desire it," Buss says."Similarly, men who experience sexual desires for younger women when they are already married may choose to act or not to act on their desires.Older women too find younger guys sexually attractive.So a 40-year-old woman might want to have sex with the pool boy, but she certainly would not want to marry him." It seems there’s a Hugh Hefner inside us all.And straight men everywhere are destined to run on the treadmill of unending attraction to mid-twenties women well into our octogenarian years, regardless of whether or not we actually act on it.As Buss admits, in the modern environment, "these preferences may indeed lead to problems." Independent Psychologist Dr George Fieldman agrees: "As long as the most fecund women of the population are in their mid twenties we will always see this sexual attraction," Fieldman warns.