Middle-aged men are being chased so much by single women that they are becoming deluded about their sex appeal.
A drought of mid-40s single men, compared with single women of the same age, means they are fiercely pursued, inflating their opinion of their attractiveness.
KPMG demographer Bernard Salt, author of The Big Tilt: What Happens When Boomers Bust and Xers and Ys Inherit the Earth, says the imbalance has created a monster he dubs the “hotness delusion syndrome”.
At fifty-seven, I’m a bit too old for this phenomenon, and I’m assuming the demographics were different when I was in my middle forties; certainly nothing like that ever happened to me back then. Moreover, I think I can safely say that I have never overestimated my own sex appeal, and I’m pretty sure the readership can back me up on that.
This being a piece from an Australian newspaper, I have to wonder: is this something that only happens down under? KPMG, of course, operates worldwide, but I don’t get the impression that Salt is coming up with this stuff at the behest of KPMG. Then again, Salt once proclaimed, presumably tongue-in-cheek, that the Australian regions with the best economic performance were those in which motion pictures starring Sigrid Thornton were made.
For reference, Sigrid Thornton is now 52, and looks something like this:
Probably too late to lure her to Detroit, though.