The above comment is typical. As it is, men between 22 and 30 - nearly two-thirds of the male dating pool - focus almost exclusively on women younger than themselves. Because it has been a successful way to introduce previous posts, I wanted to put real faces on this demographic before I delve into a bunch of numbers. Pictured below are some single users in their mid-thirties or early forties, taken from the first couple pages of my own local match search. As you can see below, the number of online daters peaks at 24, drops sharply at around 30, and then gradually tapers off, as the remaining singletons either find mates or withdraw themselves from contention:. The bar chart here shows how the woman to man ratio changes over time. Of course, we all know that 45 year-olds do have a much harder time, because the male fixation on youth distorts the dating pool.