Does Height Affect Attraction?
Regardless of sexual orientation, there is a universal love for tall men. The quick explanation why everyone is obsessed with dating someone tall is that, tall men are considered sexier, powerful and usually the more desirable male in relationships—unless of course the guy is tall because he is standing on his wallet. That’s a different story.
On dating apps, single tall guys proudly list their height without exaggeration. In the real dating world, tall guys will always stand out in a crowd. How can we be missed? After all, we’re the first to be seen in the room, right? If you’re lucky enough to be tall, good looking and rich, well you’ve hit the trifecta in the world of romance. For those of us not rich or possessing model good looks, no worries. All you need is your charm and a put-together look. Fashion for tall guys now make that easier than ever. If you’re a Cisgender dude looking for a woman’s love, you may be “In like Flynn,” according to Psychology Today.
In a 2013 study, Dutch psychologists Gert Stulp, Abraham Buunk, and Thomas Pollet did a study on male height to examine why most women prefer tall, slim guys. As in most studies, they looked at evolution. From the beginning of human earthly time, tall men have been thought to be stronger and better able to protect the family than shorter males. Now, here is why all tall, thin guys need to hit the gym—taller men only seem stronger, because height is thought to correlate to weight and strength. The idea of looking up to someone is thought to mean that the taller person is superior to those they look down upon. Very elementary but it has given us a societal advantage for many years. We can work this until the wheels fall off and they may. If we look further, the man being equated to power is due to a male-female power structure dynamic. The thought is that a taller man protects the smaller woman. The reality is that the man is taller due to hormonal influences. This intersects with social attitudes. Over the years, the media has conditioned us to expect a taller man and a shorter woman.
Stulp and his colleagues sought to understand who prefers whom in terms of height as well as the satisfaction of the participants in regard to their own height. They surveyed 650 first-year, Cisgender psychology students, and gave course credit for completing the survey. The students estimated their height and reported on their gender identification and ethnicity (most were Dutch or German). The students were asked to state their relationship status, the height of their partner, the satisfaction with their own height, and their satisfaction with the height of their partners.
The results on partner preferences showed that most women thought the man should be taller and they tended to not want a relationship in which they were taller than their man. Men liked being taller than their partners, but they didn’t care about the height difference as much as women did. None of the participants stated that the height of their partners was the perfect height. They thought their partner could be a bit taller or shorter than their actual height. In the study, some tended to partner with people of similar height, which is known as “assortative mating.” I am a participant of assortative mating. In regard to how the participants felt about their own height, again being tall won out. The tall women were more satisfied with their height than short women. The tall men were happier with their height than short men. Perhaps the thought process goes back to the beginning in that taller is more powerful and strong (even if not the reality).
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