If you look at the couples around you, you find that most men are taller than their women.This isn’t just a coincidence, nor it is it as simple as taller is better, although the research does show some preference for taller men.
Other factors come into play as we make choices about who we want to be with.
One factor that becomes important is women’s own height (Fink, et al., 2007).
In fact, a brand new study found that the rate of divorce among short men is significantly less than among average and tall men.
So let's strip you of everything you've ever thought about dating a short guy and set the record straight. In a world where short guys are often overlooked simply because of their height, they manage to make up for it in confidence.
This was a far smaller percentage than expected by chance, showing that there is some selective preference for taller men.
It is also noted that height is a “masculine” characteristic.
What’s interesting is how women use height in gauging their attraction for men.
It turns out that height, like many other factors, depends on the individual – their own physical characteristics and what they’re looking for in a mate. Let’s first start with the tendency for women to prefer taller men since this idea is a common expectation.
Taller men may be seen as more dominant and assertive (Melamed, 1992).
In evolutionary terms, a larger man may have been able to provide more protection to their offspring, have greater genetic qualities to pass on to their future children, and thus may be awarded with greater social status.
Then, of course, there's the equally antiquated idea that men who are vertically challenged are somehow less masculine.