3. We’re easier to impress
Even if those aren’t his intentions, most older guys would agree: college girls are easier to impress! “A woman in college is not used to going out to Morton’s for dinner, going to a play, and spending money, [so it’s easier to impress her],” Lier says. “Knowing that makes a guy feel really good.” Older women, who most likely have been on many more dates, may not be as impressed by a simple gesture like a dinner out as a college-aged woman would.
Guys also may want to date a younger girl because it might be easier to impress her sexually. “He always feels great when he can impress her sexually,” Lier continues. “The fewer sexual partners she has had, the more chance that she will be impressed by him in bed.” Yes, it’s true: guys may like it if you’re not as experienced as the women his age. It takes the pressure off of him!
4. We make him feel good about himself
Sometimes we all need a little ego boost. An older guy may start dating a younger girl because doing so makes him feel a little bit better about himself. Anonymous older guy, 24, says, “Older guys are attracted to college girls because they're generally a ton of fun, bubbly, and they make us feel wise and confident.” If a younger girl is impressed by his more advanced life experience, it will make the guy feel mature and give him the boost he may need if he’s not completely satisfied with all the aspects of his post-grad life.
5. We don’t want a ring – or babies!
Lier explains that sometimes guys date younger women so they can escape from the pressure of settling down: “When women get older, they may apply more pressure on the man to get married. Younger girls are still figuring out the world and not pushing him to have kids and get married.” If the guy is not yet ready for the “tie-the-knot-and-have-kids” stage in life, he may seek out a younger girl that isn’t placing that kind of pressure on him.
“For a guy it can be, ‘I know this is not going to last, so I just want to have a fun time. She’s not going to want children from me; she’s not going to want a long-term commitment,’” Wanis says.
6. We’re going back to campus soon
The timing is also a factor for older guys. If we meet him over the summer, the dating experience is like any other summer fling – it has a set end date. “In the college summer situation, both people know exactly when one of them is leaving for good, thus making a serious, committed relationship impractical in most cases,” Kevin says. “It's possible that this might make college girls even more attractive to guys, since the guy knows he likely won't be tied down for a long time.”