As one 44 year old man recently told me, these are the best of times for his dating pursuits. I really believe that one of the major reasons why so many men who claim to want to be married remain single well into their forties and beyond is that:1) They think they can continue dating women a decade or more (much more) their junior because of the scarcity of eligible bachelors, which is actually true, but only to a point.
In order to merit the interest of the younger ladies the man has to either be extremely successful or super stable with an awesome personality and above average looks.
A study published in Nature finds that the age at which a father sires children determines how many mutations those offspring inherit.
By starting families in their thirties, forties and beyond, men could be increasing the chances that their children will develop autism, schizophrenia and other diseases often linked to new mutations.
But if you view marriage as the gateway to having children and raising a family, which I believe most people do, then age matters a great deal.
read more » Paul Block emigrated from Germany to upstate New York in 1885, and began in the newspaper business as a young man in Elmira, NY, and later in New York City.“The older we are as fathers, the more likely we will pass on our mutations,” says lead author Kári Stefánsson, chief executive of de CODE Genetics in Reykjavik.“The more mutations we pass on, the more likely that one of them is going to be deleterious.”While most of these passed on mutations turn out to be harmless, Stefánsson’s team identified some that studies have linked to conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.According to experts cited in the NYTimes, the overall risk to a man in his forties or older is in the range of two percent, at most, and there are other contributing biological factors that are entirely unknown.I don’t think that’s a large enough risk percentage to influence a man’s decision to marry.In other words, he’s got to have “game” (as a Hollywood producer friend once termed it).