‘But when we first got involved, I told Mark I thought it was an inappropriate relationship,’ Sandra explains. ‘After all, I’m a grandmother, I’ve been married twice before and my new mother-in-law is only seven years older than me.

'But luckily Jean couldn’t have been nicer about it all.

It’s just that general awareness of younger women dating men more than 20 years older than themselves has increased.

When you think more about it though, a woman of 25 dating a 45 year old man or even a woman of 30 dating a 50 year old is really not that strange; “age gap” dating, as it is often called, is hardly an issue for most people any more.

While you figure out the math, let me be clear that I’ve met several other women in their early- to mid-20s who also prefer to date from a much older pool for various reasons.

And while cliché dictates that, sure, men are into it, there’s been some recent research done about younger females often gravitate toward mature men.

Anyone who’s been in a serious long-term relationship knows the journey isn’t without certain challenges, and when you’re dating an older man—we’re talking a decade or more—things can get even trickier.

I know this firsthand, as I’m 25 years old, and I’ve been dating an older guy nearly 15 years my senior for almost four years.

Being around a younger guy makes a woman feel younger as well.

No woman is attracted to a guy who is a couch potato or who is unable to climb a set of stairs without being out of breath, especially if the woman herself is very active.

It is not rare to see a younger guy and an older woman date and have a very intense sexual and romantic relationship, which defies the traditional “older man, younger woman” set-up that we are used to seeing. First, the fact that such a dating situation is still somewhat taboo makes is all the more enticing and exciting.