I was 18 when I met my ex, he was 38 at the time but I was very mature for my age and he seemed much younger than he actually was. We were mutually attracted to each other and stayed to gether for 17, had 3 kids together and the age gap was never an issue for me as far as physical attraction. I'm not in general attracted to older men at all.
I did find however as the relationship progressed in the latter 6 years that he began to recent my need to pursue my ambitions, became quite controlling over me-which ultimately caused our separation, when he could no longer surpress my need to explore what life had to offer me he became quite troubled and agressive both verbally and physically, but I couldn't say if that was "grumpy old man syndrome" or just a character floor,- that along with his lack of sexual desire for me at 54, me being in my early 30's at that point and reacting my sexual peek.
I don't think I would based on this experience ever date an older man now, just because I am 35 and want to enjoy what's left of my youth and in general guys aged 40+ that are single are damaged in some way in that they are divorcée's or are looking for a wife to "care for them" when they retire, where as I want to embrace all that life has to offer whilst still young enough too.
I like a guy who is 36 and I am 25. Nothing has happened between us, and I doubt he'll be interested in me but we connect so well. It has nothing to do with his money either. I make as much money as he does. I fell for him because he is a wonderful man, and I would rather have him over a 25 year old any day. He is probably more fit and active than someone my age anyway. He's a good father, and doesn't want more kids. I don't want kids, so we can avoid that awkward conversation later if he ever did want me. I don't mind that he has a kid, I have no problems with kids, I just don;'t want one myself.
There are all types of people in the world, therefore diff preferences. I have met a few of my friends who went out with older men, and they still prefer older men over younger or the same age. They say older men are more understanding, mature, and economically stable etc etc etc. A gap of a little bit more than 10yrs was basically the gap my friends were into actually. It's not like do younger girls usually consider older men, it's more like, if there is chemistry with a man, age does not matter.
On the other hand though, I'm the type of women who is attracted to men 1-3 years younger than me because they'll make me remember of the fun times in high school, and doing things without thinking. I'm attracted to men who are shy at almost everything and not so experienced, but that's just my taste.
No Its common thing for me.Some girls find older guys are more understanding and matured.They tend to be more commitment than the younger guys.I have many friends that don't like older guys like 30's but I don't mind as long as they are not more than 35 as I'm 22.I prefer date guys around 25-35 max.