But evolving gender roles in modern society have led to more equality between the sexes, challenging this antiquated notion for men.
Sam Owen, Elites Singles Partner psychologist, believes "young men nowadays probably also recognize that older women are adept at diligently juggling so many responsibilities (career, children, housekeeping, fitness, finances, socializing), which makes them intriguing and attractive and a more secure option."The dating website analyzed the upper and lower age search limits for more than 450,000 of its members to reveal the age of a man and a woman’s perfect partner.
There is respect for what they’ve been able to accomplish in their lives and who they are as people.
Some of these skills are obtained out of necessity, but nevertheless many men find these qualities quite attractive.
In contrast to this, the growing popularity of Thai dating sites, the internet in general and social network sites has resulted in an explosion of contact between singles in Thailand and the UK.
'I'm not looking for a Thai wife, but I have a few Thai girlfriends and I visit Thailand every chance I get,' says Rob, a Surrey man who responded to our Thai dating site survey earlier this year.
Similar to their younger male counterparts, younger women have reflected this interest in older men.
I know men do this well, sometimes too well, especially when it comes to women (so I’m reminded by some of my female friends).
The survey found men aged 20 to 29 prefer older women to younger ones, and women preferred a younger man as they age, according to Your Tango.
This contradicts the stereotype that all men are focused on finding a youthful partner, as these singles indicate a preference for a partner three to six years older than themselves.
Despite police crackdowns and the courts handing out stiff sentences to those involved, nearly two thirds of boroughs in London report problems with Thai women working as sex workers in the UK sex industry.
The UK Home Office has placed Thailand on a list of countries from which women are trafficked into the UK for sex work and has deployed considerable resources and measures to curb it.