One in fourteen women have done a “Bridget Jones” and dated a much younger man!


In the 15 years since the last Bridget Jones book was published, we have seen the internet dating boom, Girl Power, and the rise of the ‘Cougar’. Now aged 51 and newly single, Bridget is in good company with leading married dating site reporting a large rise in the number of women who identify with the term ‘Cougar’.

Statistics from the UK’s largest dating website for married people,, have revealed that 61% of their female members have had a romantic tryst with a younger man.

In the new book – after the surprising and untimely death of Mark Darcy, Bridget is currently dating a 30 year old toyboy called Roxster, putting her in the 8% of women who have enjoyed a relationship with someone over 15 years their junior. The most common age gap between cougars and their lovers, is 5 to 10 years.

For men, older women also seem more appealing. 57% of married men in the UK have admitted to conducting an extra-marital affair with a woman older than themselves, and 24% of married men have chosen to date a woman between 5 and 10 years older. According to the statistics, men typically date women who are between 3 and 5 years older.

If younger, how much younger were the men you chose to conduct an illicit encounter with? Female
Less than 1 year younger 18%
From 1-3 years younger 18%
From 3-5 years younger 19%
From 5-10 years younger 22%
From 10-15 years younger 15%
Over 15 years younger 8%
If older, how much older were the women you chose to conduct an illicit encounter with? Male
More than 1 year older 18%
From 1-3 years older 19%
From 3-5 years older 24%
From 5-10 years older 21%
From 10-15 years older 13%
Over 15 years older 5%

Spokesperson for, Rosie Freeman-Jones said: “Since the release of the first book, the internet has launched a sexual revolution, enabling people to rediscover passion and romance – including over 6% of the UK’s married population signing up to The fact is, a woman’s sexual appetite increases with age, whereas men’s tends to peak in their mid-20’s. This could go some way to explaining the growing trend of Cougars.

Case-studies have told me they are married to men whose sex drive has slowly tailed off, and they have becoming increasingly frustrated. They now choose to meet a guy who’s younger simply because they feel he will be better equipped to keep up!”

The UK’s Leading married dating website is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With over 800,000 members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

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