How to let a younger man know you are interested

Written by sophie southern
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How to let a younger man know you are interested
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As of 2010, older women dating younger men has become less and less taboo, but making the jump to let a younger man know you are interested is not always easy. Dating a younger man can make you feel more attractive and youthful, while boosting your confidence. Unfortunately, previously imposed social standards in regards to women dating younger men sometimes make it difficult to know what is appropriate and what is not. If you are available and interested in a younger guy, there is no rule that states you can't let him know.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Make eye contact and smile often. Dropping preliminary hints is probably the easiest way to see if any guy, younger or not, is even slightly interested in you. Feeling out the waters beforehand can help you avoid embarrassment and rejection, and can often make the guy come to you if done correctly. Making him come to you is an essential part of giving yourself the upper hand. Catch his eyes and hold the gaze for a few seconds before looking away, and smile in his direction so he knows you are interested.

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    Mention that you are single, but not too soon in the conversation. Casually letting slip that you are unattached will let him know that it is OK to move. You do not want to mention being single right away, however, as this tends to scare guys off. Instead, wait until you have been chatting for 15 or 20 minutes before mentioning that you are on the market.

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    Use subtle flirting techniques. No matter what age you are, flirting is the tried and tested method for letting any guy know you are interested. Laugh at his jokes and find excuses to make physical contact, such as lightly touching his arm or hand. Don't throw yourself at him by overdoing it; that will just make you look desperate. If the opportunity presents itself, make a vaguely ambiguous sexual reference without being obvious, and keep it PG-13.

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    Avoid mentioning your age or children. You do not want to draw attention to the fact that you are older, as this will just make both you and him feel uncomfortable. Avoid making dated references to when you were in high school or college, and don't make comparisons between your age groups. Try to find subjects you have in common instead of pointing out differences. Being confident in yourself as a woman -- without focusing on your age -- will show him you are interested without freaking him out.

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