Woman, 72, says she PREFERS going out with younger men – revealing she gets messages from 10 to 20 A DAY on cougar dating app
- Kelly Howard, 72, has revealed she prefers to date younger men
- She moved from California to New Jersey and joined dating app Cougar Life
- Kelly has since made many connections with men in their 20s and 30s
A 72-year-old woman has revealed she began getting plenty of advances from younger men after joining a cougar dating app.
When Kelly Howard – whose real name is hidden for privacy reasons – moved from California to New Jersey, she wanted to add some excitement in her life so she began looking for a companion in a very modern way.
She then found an app known as Cougar Life, which helps younger people meet older women.
Five years later, Kelly is receiving messages everyday from about 10 to 20 men, and while some act as her pen pals, others become great dates.
Kelly Howard – whose real name is hidden for privacy reasons – is a 72-year-old woman. She has revealed she began getting plenty of advances from younger man on a cougar-dating app (stock)
She told Insider that a first date would usually involve the two grabbing drinks, however, occasionally she would sneak up to their hotel rooms and stay overnight.
‘We spent the night together and that was it just like, “Oh my god,”‘ she said of one man she drove more than an hour to meet.
Kelly revealed she had even made a few meaningful connections through her dating-app journey.
She and one man – who is in his late 20s – have been messaging back and forth for five years, but they had never met because he lived in Vancouver.
At first, Kelly didn’t even believe he was real due to how ‘unbelievably handsome’ he was.
She revealed that she made him video call her and hold up an orange balloon to prove he was real.
Five years later, the pair are super close and tell each other everything.
Kelly said she preferred dating younger men over men her age because they were more open to change.
Kelly said she preferred dating younger men over men her age because they were more open to change (stock image)
She explained that younger men ‘don’t have that attitude,’ adding that it’s ‘refreshing.’
Kelly said that as a child she was always taught women were supposed to ‘please the guy,’ so she felt like she could finally put herself first.
And she isn’t the only older woman who is searching for younger men in the dating pool.
The senior director of communications at Cougar Life, Isabella Mise, told the outlet that 15 per cent of users on the app are age 50 and up.
‘They’re still looking for connection, love, physical intimacy, and I think online dating is perhaps a way for them to widen their dating pool,’ she said.
Cougar Life cites an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) survey done in 2003 that found 34 per cent of women wanted to date younger men.
Results were taken from a pool of men and women between the ages of 40 and 69.
One cougar known as Annette Wheeler, then 60, told AARP that she sought out younger men because they better matched her ‘energetic lifestyle.’
‘I can’t explain why… without even knowing someone’s age, you can be sure I’m going to gravitate toward the younger guy,’ she said.
‘And I don’t know if it’s a function of I’m attracted to younger guys or younger guys are attracted to me. It’s just their energy, their enthusiasm and – the biggie – “less baggage.”‘