A demographer has claimed that single men in their mid-40s are suffering from a severe case of 'hotness delusion syndrome' because they receiving lots of attention from women.
KPMG demographer Bernard Salt said their rarity compared to women of the same age is leading to some men having delusions about their sex appeal.
He believes a lack of eligible 40-something bachelors will result in more confident, well-educated older women prowling for younger mates.
"An available male in his 40s receives a lot of attention because he''s the only thing going around," the Herald Sun quoted Salt as saying.
"He can be balding and paunchy, but this is not what he sees in the mirror. He sees nothing less than trim, taut and, so he is told, terrific," he added.
At 44, there are 15 percent fewer available males than females. And Salt predicts more women will start seeking younger men to fill the void.
"We have a new generation of empowered women . . . more likely to have a university degree," he said.
"Women of the previous generation who were in their 40s were less inclined to get out, and did not have as many skills in the workforce," he added.