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There are also social theories for age differences in relationships as well as suggested reasons for 'alternative' age-hypogamous relationships.

The study found very few instances of older women pursuing much younger men and vice versa.Within sexual selection Darwin identified a further two mechanisms which are important factors in the evolution of sex differences (sexual dimorphism): intrasexual selection (involve competition with those of the same sex over access to mates) and intersexual choice (discriminative choice of mating partners).An overarching evolutionary theory which can provide an explanation for the above mechanisms and strategies adopted by individuals which leads to age disparity in relationships is called Life History theory, Life History theory posits that individuals have to divide energy and resources between activities (as energy and resources devoted to one task cannot be used for another task) and this is shaped by natural selection.A 2003 AARP study reported that 34% of women over 39 years old were dating younger men.The rational choice model suggests that people look for partners who can provide for them in their life (bread-winners); as men traditionally earn more as they get older, women will therefore prefer older men.Concepts of these relationships, including what defines an age disparity, have developed over time and vary among societies.

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