Why cougars go for younger men
Now a scientific study of the phenomenon reveals that older women are having to prowl for toy boys because men their own age are chasing younger lovers.
Middle-aged women also say youthful partners are more enthusiastic and attentive, while men of their own generation are “suspicious” or “judgmental” of women who are confident in bed.
Dr Milaine Alarie of the National Institute of Scientific Research in Montreal, Canada, interviewed 55 “cougars” aged between 30 and 60 and found evidence that younger men prefer assertive and confident partners after having “disappointing experiences with women of their own age”.
She said: “The women described younger men as more attentive to their desires and putting more energy than older men into ensuring women were enjoying themselves. In contrast, very few women talked about men their own age or older as showing the same level of appreciation.