The perfect man exists in a woman's life in 5 stages
As most women regret their past romances, new research has found that this is perfectly normal, revealing that their tastes change with age and proving that there is indeed a "perfect man" for every stage in a woman's life.
From bright young things on the hunt for a hunk to "later daters" looking for a cerebral soulmate, the research shows that a woman's age will often dictate the different characteristics they look for in a partner, the Daily Mail reported.
The research in match.com's annual LoveGeist report, which tracks the nation's changing attitudes towards dating and relationships, also disproves the notion that standards drop later in life, as women over 55 were shown to be most picky about who they date.
Dr. Cecilia D'Felice, clinical psychologist and relationship expert at match.com, said: "It is natural that, as women mature, our tastes adjust to our developing expectations."
"When younger, looks predominate as we seek out someone with whom we want to share our genes, but these 'surface attributes' become less important as we look for depth and new experiences later in life," she said.
First and foremost, young women between 18 and 24 want a man they can show off to their friends. 47 percent said they would look for a relationship with someone their friends would approve of.
As they forge ahead in their careers, women of ages 25 to 34 begin to take a more long-term view, but are still susceptible to a dashing man; physical attraction is more important than ever.
Sexual compatibility is more important to this age group, than at any other stage in their lives.
As they look to settle down, women aged 35-44 are most likely to have their head turned by an older man. 73 percent would be willing to date someone more than five years their senior.
At age 45 to 54, security is a key concern, with 95 percent looking to find a partner with whom they felt secure.
Finding a man with a high income is as important to this age group as any other. Women in this age range are less picky about who they date than any other.
In later life, women look for more cerebral delights. Intelligence and shared values are more important to the over-55s, as is sharing a similar sense of humour.
But they don't drop their standards as they get older. In fact, those aged 55 and over are pickier about who they romance than at any other age.