The idea that young people like older people because of the financial security is irritating.

Given the opportunity, your friends and strangers will judge you for being out with somebody who is too fat, too thin, to short, too Asian, too a stripper, whatever.

It is up to you to be mutually happy with the person you date.

I learned this from experience, but also from Ludacris.

Like height or body type, age is one of those strange things about a person that we know they can’t help, but nevertheless handily use to write them off.

The data from female users suggests that still women prefer to be the youngest in a relationship.

Women aged over 50, for instance, tend to focus on finding a match who is ideally 6 years older than their own age.

If you dismiss people because of their personalities or because you’re on some kind of baby-making timetable, fine, fair enough.

But if you’re not into someone because of the arbitrary time in which their parents created them—well, more tasty imperfect flesh for the rest of us.

And on the other hand, unless you’re going out with somebody she’s young, I don’t think it’s cause for judgment.

Being predatory is just plain gross on either side of the equation, either from young people looking to trade sex for free Hulu Plus, or old people suffering conversation with somebody who I don’t have to tell you that the only people who get to decide whether you’re enjoying each other as people are you and your dinner companion.

The only problem I’ve had with dating outside of my age range is when the other person has been too aware of it.