Dad's Age May Lower Junior's IQ
The Older the Father, the Less Intelligent the Child?
"Though the media have been abuzz in recent years over the phenomenon of cougars -- older women dating much younger men -- a new study hints that pairings of older mothers and younger fathers might be optimal for the children's IQs." Read the entire article at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/story?id=7038992&page=1 Oh well, just another reason Pop's aging may cause him feelings of decreasing masculinity and increasing stress. The article does point out that that the sample in the study was taken between 1959 and 1965 while following only the development of children through age seven. These factors may affect the results as compared with a modern-day sample of what happens to these children the rest of their lives. Some mature women prefer to date younger men because they feel they have experienced a lot in life and they now want a totally different type of relationship, a relationship to help them capture some of their youth and lost romance. According to CNN reporter Jocelyn Voo, "The potential issues between such May-December couples are the same ones that challenge the longevity of any relationship: different long-term priorities and emotional temperament." Today, women seem less likely to feel embarrassed going for younger men than ever before. In the United States, they have more freedom in choosing a mate because they often make as much money as men, are more career oriented, and consider postponement of marriage less of a problem. Terri Glosia of Women's Home Page reports her attraction to younger men as due partly to the following:
- "Younger men won't expect you to cook/clean and take care of them, older men do! They're not all wrapped up in the conforming rules older men have....they appreciate stronger, passionate women....
- "Men who grew up with the women's movement tend to be less possessive. There's no conforming to some rigid idea of what a woman should be, and younger men don't treat you like a trophy or an acquisition.
- Younger men are open to new experiences; many older men are too set in their ways.