But after a few years of sexual education - and being subsidised by someone with the financial wherewithal to pay for the lifestyle he aspires to - isn't it inevitable that the younger man will ultimately skidaddle when he finally feels like settling down?Keren Smedley, who is also author of Live The Life You Love At 50 , says: 'It's true that the majority of people want children at some point - many men get to their early 40s and suddenly realise this is what they want after all.It wasn't the first time I'd looked after a drunken youngster who found it easier to confide in me than his mum about his problems and my place was close, so I agreed.Amanda Platell thinks that something is going on with young men these days - and that it's not so much the fact that they want to date older woman as that they DON'T want to have to commit to younger women This was no filial embrace.As it's most likely that it will be you who ends up falling through it and into a train crash of despair after being pursued, used, then chucked on to the rail tracks ahead of an express called the younger woman. I know, I know, the logistics of dating as a solo parent who’s working to provide for her family can get tough.So there must be something going on with young men these days. But he explained that it starts out fun, but before you know it they're dragging you into Baby Gap via the jeweller's, which these men just aren't ready for.It's well known that people are marrying later and later: the average age for a man is 32 and a woman 30.
I turned to see the son of a friend - an affectionate hug from a lovely young man I'd known for a decade and had watched grow up. He smokes, so I suggested we go outside while he had a cigarette, but he said no, he wanted to come home with me and talk privately.You name it, he wanted it.'Because older women are more fun, they don't agonise all the time and analyse everything, they don't hassle you to meet the parents a week after you have sex, they don't want kids, they don't send you angry text messages at 3am, they don't want commitment.'One chap I spoke to, who has political ambitions, was openly mercenary.He said the great thing about going out with someone like me was the fact I could introduce him to all my contacts and take him into a world that no young woman ever could.There has been an incredible shift since the Fifties when three-quarters of women and half of all men had tied the knot by their mid-20s.
Many men still aren't ready to commit by their mid-30s, it seems to me.
Not so their female counterparts, who by this point are keen to stop wasting time, their biological clocks ticking ever more loudly.