Researchers Argue Over Whether Cougar Dating Exists

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When we read that a researcher at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff had released a study claiming that the cougar dating trend is a myth and a media construct, we were ready to buy his argument. After all, we’ve witnessed first-hand — and have occasionally, shame on us, been responsible for — how a so-called trend can get blown out of all proportion for the sake of a sexy headline. So we tend to be more than ready to believe that a much-hyped, now-sitcom-ed trend is actually just hype.

But it turns out that the researcher, Michael Dunn, doesn’t have the most water-tight argument himself. For one thing, his theory is based solely on stats from public online dating profiles, which as we all know, are notoriously unreliable sources of information (who knew the world contained so many men over 6 foot?!). The profiles he looked at (in North American, Europe, Australia, and Japan) showed that most women are looking for men their own age or older and most men are looking for younger women. In other words, Dunn’s real finding is that people don’t use mainstream online dating sites to find or be a cougar… or at least, if they do, they don’t admit it openly in their profiles.

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4 Comments on "Researchers Argue Over Whether Cougar Dating Exists"


Jenn
4 years 10 months ago

I actually have a friend writing her thesis on the concept of the cougar. Her research would suggest other wise.

JLWPGH
4 years 10 months ago

There is no way to broad stroke (no pun or disrespect intended) on dating. There is a scenario for every type, sex, age, variety and category you can imagine. Writers write what they often want to sell. But, some experience in dating (say a cougar)would impact and even bias a story. Read with a grain of salt. Variety is in my spice rack of life. Now, all I need is someone to cook things up with, younger, older or bolder.
Have fun, and make the best of your relationships.

Shewolf68
4 years 10 months ago

Mr. L, yes we do…it’s called gold digger and opportunist!

A man is always more attractive the higher he can stand on his wallet!

Not for me unfortunately…money never works. But a hot 2nd language…I’m sunk!

Mr. L
4 years 10 months ago

AND I claimed a while back that the opposite scenario does not exist in any significant stats, (do we have a name for this younger woman seeks old fart scenario yet ? ) so if the cougars are questionable, then the old farts are toast for sure!