New research paints a pretty unflattering picture of how men view the opposite sex as they grow older. Generally, as women age, they continue to find men around their age the most attractive. But as men age, they continue to find women 20-24 most attractive. “From the time you’re 22 you’ll be less hot than a 20-year-old, based on this data,” OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder said to a group of women at a recent talk, according to FiveThirtyEight. “So that’s just a thing.” The findings were based on data collected from OKCupid’s notoriously obsessive info-gathering process, and published in Dataclysm, Rudder’s new book on the importance of data-collection.

Rudder clarified the findings for NPR. “This is just measuring people’s opinions, not what they actually go out and do …What you see when you actually look at what people do, you see the realism set in. So these 40-year-old guys … the people they actually have the courage to actually go out and message are a lot older: it’s 30, 35-year-old women” …

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