Thinking of dating a younger man like this one standing outside in the forest? There's some things you should know about him.

When it comes to love, age is just a number. If you’ve found the one for you, being born a few years apart is hardly a big deal. It’s common knowledge in our society that many women prefer dating younger men, and that many men prefer dating older women. But what exactly are the realities you face when dating someone younger than you?

Whether the man you’re dating is 5 or 15 years younger, expect a change of pace from what you’re used to. Simply put, dating younger men is fun! Their youth will bring out your own youthful, vibrant side. They have more positive, upbeat attitudes and outlooks on life. They’re up for anything and they’re more active— and yes, that can translate to great sex. There’s no denying that younger men have strong sexual libidos. Biologically speaking, most women reach their sexual prime in their thirties and forties, while men reach it in their twenties.

Beyond the physical perks of dating younger men, it’s important to recognize that they have less life experience—and how that can be a good thing or a bad thing. Younger men have less baggage, are more open-minded about having new experiences, and are less set in their ways. They have less demanding schedules and are less likely to be married or have children. When you date younger men, you’re more likely to live in the moment and not worry about the future or where the relationship is going. When there’s less pressure to have things turn out perfectly, you can spend more time enjoying each other. It’s stress-free dating without the drama.

But dating younger men isn’t without its difficulties. Some of the pros also come with cons. For example, many younger men are attracted to older women because they’re confident, independent, and don’t depend on a partner for self-fulfillment. But on the flip side, that could lead to a power struggle. Younger men might have feelings of inferiority around older, more successful women. It’s not a big deal on a date or two, but it could potentially become a problem in the long run.

Depending on the size of the gap between your ages, be prepared to be more experienced than the younger men you date, in many ways: in maturity, emotionally, romantically, sexually. If you’re used to partners with more life experience, it will be a change to date men who have less of it. Younger men might not be as comfortable processing and expressing their feelings. They might not understand the importance of communication. And they might not be looking for the same things that you are. As long as you’re comfortable with these possibilities, you have nothing to lose.

There’s a reason so many women date younger men: They make great partners. They look up to and respect older women. Remember, younger men come from a different generation—one where many moms worked, which set an example for them to respect women who do too. Younger men will appreciate your life experience, and will find joy in pleasing you intellectually, emotionally, and physically. They’ll be attracted to your confidence and maturity.

If you’re interested in dating younger men, go for it! Prepare for a whirlwind of fun and an exciting change of pace with somebody different than you. Just also be sure to set your expectations accordingly.

Elizabeth Entenman

Freelance Writer

Elizabeth is a freelance writer, editor, and advertising copywriter in Brooklyn. Right now, she’s probably somewhere Instagramming her dogs.