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*Editor’s note: Names of some of the interviewees have been changed for privacy.

Annette Wheeler* didn’t recall the exact moment she first heard the term “cougar,” but she did remember dashing to her computer to look it up.

A whopping 34 percent of women over 40 are dating younger men, according to a 2003 survey.

All scientific notions aside, older women opt for younger men for the same reasons that older men select younger women.She never analyzed her attraction to younger men (or their attraction to her), but with “cougar” an increasingly popular term used to describe older women dating much younger men, her longtime preference is suddenly in the spotlight.For Wheeler and other women like her, younger men — many of them 15 years or more their juniors — are a natural fit.“The mentality of having a youthful person on your arm who makes you feel good, who makes you feel ageless, makes you feel desired and desirable,” Gibson said.Statistics compiled by AARP The Magazine back up the trend.

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