As I explained a couple months ago, in Your Looks And Your Inbox the hottest girls are swamped with male attention.
They get 4× the messages as the merely "average" and up to 25× as many as women at the lower end of the spectrum.
Look at how men have set their age preferences on Ok Cupid: As you can see, a man, as he gets older, searches for relatively younger and younger women.
Meanwhile his upper acceptable limit hovers only a token amount above his own age.
The median 31 year-old guy, for example, sets his allowable match age range from 22 to 35—nine years younger, but only four years older, than himself.
Most importantly, their mean reply rate to any but the absolute hottest guys is a paltry 16%. As it is, men between 22 and 30—nearly two-thirds of the male dating pool—focus almost exclusively on women younger than themselves.
I'll be investigating this phenomenon today, with gusto and charts.