Title

Males Prefer Younger Females: Age Preference Among Online Daters in the Dominican Republic

Roles

Student Authors:

Chrisbell Jimenez Sosa '17, Gettysburg College

Katie Aloisi '17, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2018

Department

Sociology

Abstract

Previous research has found that online daters show a trend in age preference, with males seeking females younger than themselves and females seeking males older than themselves. These studies covered a wide geographic area but not in the Caribbean. To contribute to the literature, we examine online daters’ age preferences in the Dominican Republic. Our statistical analyses show that similar gendered age preferences exist among Dominican online daters even after controlling for their ages. On average, Dominican males prefer younger partners and the reverse is true for females. While there might be cultural differences in different countries affecting the extent and degree of age preferences, the consistent difference by sex underscores the challenges faced by older females in the online dating market.

Comments

Original version available online at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12119-017-9451-9

DOI

10.1007/s12119-017-9451-9

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