I like Captain Planet." He claimed to be college educated, appeared to be attractive, used correct grammar, and had acceptable taste in music -- everything I usually require from an online suitor before I respond.
However, his profile said he stands at an elfish 5-foot-5, while I am an Amazonian 5-foot-10. Dare I dodge OKCupid's arrow and ignore a potential soul mate, just because of his height?
Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and the chief relationship expert for Perfect
Men may be less open to dating a tall woman than they think, she added.
They lined up several short men next to tall men, and asked women to choose a date.
They gave the short men exceptional résumés, including those for a doctor and millionaire venture capitalist.
Despite their glowing qualities, the women always chose the taller men.
Some said they would only choose the shortest of the bunch if they learned the taller men were murders or child molesters.
My phone gave a satisfying bing as a new message from Ok Cupid.com, the ubiquitous free online dating site, popped onto the screen: "Lime Green Robot is checking you out!
" Apparently Lime Green Robot liked what he saw, and sent me a message asking an important question to consider before even contemplating a first date: "Who is your favorite superhero?
In a 2001 study in , researchers examined 547 personal ads, and classified them in terms of the writer's preference for a thin partner, a physically fit partner, or no weight preference.
They then mailed a figure rating scale to the ad writers and asked them to specify both ideal body size and acceptable body sizes for partners.
They found that, despite what preference they expressed, women preferred a physically fit partner, while most men indicated that a number of body sizes would be acceptable.