According to the article she is 47 and has been looking for a long term relationship for 10 years.
Additionally, the piece suggests that the reason for the imbalance past age 64 is due to soley higher mortality rates for men.
I don’t have the data for the UK, but I’m guessing it roughly parallels the US Census data I pulled for my post on the shifting sexual marketplace.
One thing which made me chuckle about the article was the appeal to authority when establishing that the SMP really does shift from women to men as time progresses.
She turns to no less than a researcher from Oxford.
The more her presence is evident in your every day life, the more crowded it feels. It may even take you by surprise to start to feel weary. You may experience the same from those on your love’s side.
You may also, however, be rejected by those who have feelings of betrayal, jealousy, confusion, or even resentment.
‘I can’t count the times a guy has seemed really keen to arrange a date, and then, with sometimes only five minutes to go, I get a text saying sorry, he can’t make it.
I’ve been told they cry off as they have met someone more suitable.’ The author miss-attributes this to the cruelty of internet dating culture, but it is much better explained by the dynamics of the sexual marketplace (SMP). The author infers that since there are roughly equal numbers of men and women aged 45 to 64, that there shouldn’t be an imbalance in dating fortunes for men and women of that age bracket.
Just as we often hear from men that younger women are flaky and will treat them as a backup plan or cancel at the last minute, older women experience the same things from the men they date.