The Harry Styles effect: More than half of cheating married women admit to taking a toy-boy lover
09:26 GMT, 29 June 2012
Many were shocked (and thousands of young fans heartbroken) when it was revealed that teenager Harry Styles had dated two women in their thirties.
The One Direction star had an infamous fling with TV presenter Caroline Flack, 32, and it was more recently revealed that he has secretly dated married radio presenter Lucy Horobin, also 32.
The women were branded 'sick' and 'wrong' and even received death threats for their dalliances with the boy who is 14-years their junior.
Harry Styles (centre) has dated TV presenter Caroline Flack, 32, (left) and married radio presenter Lucy
Horobin, also 32 (right)
But a new survey has revealed that they are not alone in having a fling with a toyboy.
A poll by website IllicitEncounters.com found more than half of the married women they questioned have had an affair with a younger man.
IllicitEncounters.com is an extra-marital dating website with 650,000 members across the UK.
Their survey revealed that 61 per cent of its cheating female members have had a fling with a man younger than themselves.
Fifteen per cent female members admitted to being in a relationship with someone 15 years their junior – nearly the same age gap between One Direction’s Style's and his previous lovers.
The most common age gap between cougars and their toyboys is five to ten years, the poll found.
Demi Moore has now ended her relationship with the younger Ashton Kutcher
Rosie Freeman Jones, spokesperson for Illicit Encounters said she is not surprised that older women are seeking encounters with younger men.
She said: 'Women's libido increases
with age, whereas men's tends to peak in the 20s. I think this could go
some way to explaining this growing trend of cougars with toyboys.
'The likelihood is that our female
members are married to men whose sex drive is slowly tailing off, and
they are becoming increasingly frustrated.
'They choose to meet a guy who's younger simply because they feel he'll be better equipped to keep up!'
Sam Taylor-Wood married Aaron Johnson this month who is years 23 younger than her and was just 19-year-old when they met
For men, older women also seem more
appealing. Of the married men survey, 57 per cent admitted to an
conducting extra-marital affair with a woman older than themselves, and
24 per cent of married men have chosen to date a woman between five and
ten years older.
According to the statistics, men typically date women who are between three and five years older.
Style's romance with Flack was short-lived and another famous cougar, Demi Moore has ended her relationship with the younger Ashton Kutcher.
But other age gap relationships between older women and younger have worked out – Sam Taylor-Wood married Aaron Johnson this month who is years 23 younger than her and was just 19-year-old when they met.