The reason guys perpetually chase after younger women has been explained away by science many, many times. Today, another study surfaced claiming that men have higher sex drives later in life, outlasting their female counterparts, which may be yet another evolutionary explanation for the Hugh Hefners of the world.
According to a study in the British Medic Journal, men are revved and ready to pounce well into their 70s, while ladies are less enthralled with sex beginning as early as 65. Men generally report more positive feelings toward sex throughout their life, with the gender gap at its greatest in the 75-85-year range. Of course, as the study notes, all of this is dependent on health. A man's need for sex will plummet if his health is below average, which makes sense. Both sexes were about twice as interested in sex if they were in good rather than poor health.
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These results were culled from two separate studies. One in 1995-96 with 3,000 men and women between the ages of 25 and 74 and another in 2006 with another 3,000 men and women anywhere from 57 to 85 years old.
If nothing else, this study should act as a public service announcement for men and women alike, stressing the need for them to take care of themselves if they want a satisfying sex life in their later years.
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But perhaps the most puzzling question is: who are these geriatric men having sex with? In the 75-85-year range, 40 percent of men said they were sexually active while only 17 percent of women said the same. Is it because women live longer, hence the men who are around are more scarce and therefore get more action?
Do these results surprise you? Do you and your partner talk about what your sex life will be like when you're older?