'Cougar' Trend a Myth

Turns out most men still want younger women
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2009 11:00 AM CDT
Ashton Kucher and Demi Moore talk with reporters at the Youth Inaugural Ball at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – The idea that a legion of young Ashtons are out there prowling for older women is—sorry, ladies—a myth, writes Meredith Goldstein in the Boston Globe. The dating industry is awash with tales of “cougar” events canceled due to low interest among younger men, and industry experts confirm that guys typically date women up to 6 years younger, but only 2 years older, than them.

“And why is that?” asks Goldstein. Men “tend to have unrealistic expectations,” says the owner of an online personals business. “"Most men are too busy looking at magazines and not busy enough looking in the mirror."