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Yes, they do. There's a split between somewhat younger, and a lot younger (cougar territory). A few years can mean very damn little, when you get past the teens/early 20s. The point is maturity and compatibility, and I'd say that some men are far and above others in that category by the time they're mid 20s. Some women too, but not all. So in that case, a woman a few years older might chance it. Some men have worked all of the young kid bullshit out by their mid 20s, some haven't. Same goes for women, of course.
I think the idea of an older man most likely is related to maturity, stability, etc. If you give a man a few years head start, most of the time they are more compatible as far as done with the party thing, ready for commitment, etc. Some women are not there either however, by the time they're mid 20s.
I'd also say, it depends on life experience. A man who's had long term relationships, is done with the party thing, and has a solid plan for the future can be more stable at a younger age. A woman who has done the same might be also. It's difficult, I think if one or the other hasn't had the time or experience to know what they want in life. There's kind of a split, it seems like to me, right around the mid 20s give or take a couple years. Honestly, a few years in either direction once you're past 25 or so, not a big deal at all, because you're past all the crap of drinking age, finishing deciding your career path (or at least first path, usually), and the college/party thing. You're much more likely to be at a similar place in life. And for some, it can be that they're already both past the having kids thing.
Then you have the cougars, who tend to be much older (40-50+) who are into the young 20s guys. That's a whole different set of motivations, and different in so many ways than a couple who is just a few years different in either direction. They're much more like the sugar daddies, in my opinion.1THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE