Originally Posted by Bradford
I would disagree with this statement. I believe that mid-30's to mid-50's is probably when most men look their best. Take a look at male news anchors or TV talk show hosts. Most are in this age range and look better than the young-20's reporter on the local weekend news.
It's like the old saying, "men mature, women age".
And in fact, those men often have more success in pursuing the young, beautiful women than they did previously. Didn't anyone else notice that an awful lot of the really good-looking women were always going out with the older guys?
Less successful men are less likely to be noticed by other men. (They're likely to be less social, too.) Attractive woman with much less attractive older man has been shown to often be linked to status. Most women want men only slightly older than they are.
Men are said to be at their maximum strength potential at age 29. Most men are obviously past their physically prime by age 35, although somatotype and facial bone structure usually will distinguish the formerly great-looking from those not so gifted by nature.
Improvements in social skills and attire (see status) help somewhat. For many, so does the natural deepening of the voice (which continues into middle age).
By the age of 40, the man who has never been married is very unlikely to ever marry.
In sum, assuming he prefers young women, after his early thirties at the latest, time is going to decrease the average man's attractiveness and chances.