Home » For JDaters by JDaters

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore the Age Range Search Feature

Submitted by 3 Comments

Does Age Matter_Header

On JDate, there is a search category entitled, “age range.” This is there for a reason. I’m not discounting anyone for giving it a shot if you are out of the person’s desired age preferences, but the chances of you receiving a response are small.

I had a man contact me once who was in his mid 50s. I’m in my mid 30s. At first I did what probably most people do: I didn’t write back. Then the emails and photo comments kept coming, so I politely told him I am looking for someone closer to my age, but I do have a friend who is in her early fifties and I would love to introduce them. He said, no thanks, as he wanted to start a family and therefore was searching for a woman in her thirties. Even after all this, he still hoped to go out with me. Part of me understands where he is coming from, and I’ve heard of people with huge age differences who make relationships work, but as harsh as it sounds, I was thinking, “Too bad buddy, you missed the boat!”

I’ve always said that a ten-year age difference should be the max in dating and pursuing a serious relationship. It comes down to life experience. Are you really going to be able to relate to someone just out of college if you are already established in a career and have experienced more struggles and achievements? Relationships are built on so much more than similar tastes in music and movies.  You also need to know what you each want out of life in order for the relationship to progress. If you go out with someone much older or younger than you, you may not be looking for the same things.

Granted there are exceptions to every rule, but one of the most important elements of a healthy relationship is being upfront with each other at the beginning. I met a very nice guy recently, but I had a feeling he was a good deal older than me – even though he had a somewhat younger look and personality.  I asked him twice how old he was and he switched topics immediately both times. When he asked me to go out again, I said no.  If the two of you can’t be upfront with each other at the beginning, the foundation for a good relationship is not going to be there.

Dating is difficult enough.  Be sure to set realistic expectations. If you spend your time going after what could be a very small minority of people who would actually date you, you are just going to be wasting your own time. And if you are still in your 30’s and 40’s, take a lesson from those older than you and realize time does not stand still. Set priorities and date for marriage. As the song goes, “Desperado, you better let somebody love you before it’s too late.”

Based in New York City, Michelle Jerson is a radio talk show host, reporter, and founder of the travel site www.passportromance.com.  She recruits for a matchmaking service, and is currently seeking a few good men to join for free!  She is also available for profile and dating consultations.  Contact Michelle at michelle@passportromance.com.
Email this post Email this post
Bookmark and Share


  • Andrew says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Great reply from Mark– I would like to add my perspective. I agree that men should not pester you after you’ve said, “No.” On the other hand, your position seems unnecessarily absolute, and maybe even a bit counterproductive for yourself (could be that you were just very frustrated by one disrespectful guy!).

    In my life, I have almost always been surprised at who I found myself attracted to– older than my assumed preference, much taller than me, different cultural background, etc. So, is it possible that you might be missing your boat by reflexively telling a guy he has already missed the boat? Also, while in some cases an age difference might make it hard to relate, in others it might lead to complementary qualities. Picking up on Mark’s theme, there are all kinds of good reasons why an older guy might still be single (sometimes even looking much younger than your age can be a dating challenge for a guy!).

    Best regards,

  • Michelle says:

    Mark, what is your profile name so people can look you up and give you a chance?

  • Mark Price says:

    I am 45 years old and I am one of those guys who is also looking for a younger woman for the purposes of establishing a family.

    I was not able to do this earlier because I had problems with employment for much of my young adult years. Most women understandably, want to marry a man who is employed, so I was not able to do that before. I now have stable employment for the past three years, but now my age is what is bothering many of the women that I am targeting. Most of the women in my age group are divorced, single moms and definitely out of child bearing age. I do not feel that I have to make due with them.

    I can’t speak for other guys, but I don’t think there would be a problem relating to a younger woman because I have never had a wife or girlfriend before, and I do not have any children. So any woman that I marry can be assured that we would be starting fresh.

    I hope that the women here on Jdate will give me a chance and look beyond the age differences and see what a good guy I really am.


    Mark Price

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.

7 + 3 =

Jmag Search
Search now! »
Please enter a zip code.


  • In honor of Passover, whom do you identify with most?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...