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By STHEMBILE HLATSHWAYO - SWAZI TIMES -25-Sep-2009

MBABANE- It has been observed that more often girls date older men and society has really witnessed the cases increase.

Dating older men for young girls comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. According to the Swaziland Demographic and Health Survey (SDHS), the prevalence for girls and young women is similar to those of older men, which probably means these are having relationships. Many girls have opted for men who are older than them ignoring all the disadvantages that are present.

This article seeks to explore the reasons why girls date older men. It is vital to mention that the trend or practice is not just rampant in modern settings but, in traditional settings as well. In the traditional setting, many girls are married off even without their consent. Their parents are involved in arranging the marriages and the girls end up being married to older men. The main reason for this is financial gain.

This example is a bit different since, there are girls in the traditional settings who voluntarily opt to be married to older men. In the modern setting, a young girl will have many reasons; the following is an overview of some of those reasons.

The main reasons why girls date older men are because of financial security and stability. Older guys will tend to have it made and, many will be blessed with some few investments and money. This is a lucrative thing and when girls realise that they can take advantage of this, they go for it. In other words, many young girls have become gold diggers. However, it is also valid to say that older men know exactly what the girls are after and therefore do not mind, as they encourage the trend. After all, there is something in for them.

Older guys like the excitement of young vibrant souls in their lives. The buzz keeps them on their toes as they seek to have great romantic getaways. Reasons why girls date older men are for emotional security. Young men are a bit rough and mainly unstable when it comes to relationships. Older guys know what they want and are more decisive and mature. For this reason, young girls can depend on the older guys to provide this.


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