Friday, November 6, 2009

Cougars: Due for extinction?

Get ready for a harsh lesson: Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher do not reflect reality.

It seems like it's impossible to watch TV without hearing the word "cougar" at least once.

But the Associated Press reports the cougar phenomenon -- younger men pursuing older women -- isn't exactly thriving in the real world. Well, at least when it comes to marriage.

An excerpt:

Dating experts say they have seen a rise in older women seeking younger men, though not necessarily the other way around. And they say those matches don't tend to turn into long-term relationships.

In fact, only 1 percent of all marriages in 2008 were between a woman who was 10-14 years older than her husband; 2.6 percent 6 to 9 years older, according to Census figures.

This doesn't surprise me. I'm totally over the "cougar" label.

Anyone else think Hollywood's cougar obsession is due for extinction?