In contrast, nearly half of the women – 48.9 per cent – wanted to date only men taller than they are. The participants answered open-ended questions in an online survey.
The second part of the study, which will be published in in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Family Issues, included 54 male (average height of 5ft 9in) and 131 female volunteers (average height of 5ft 4in) recruited from a U. The findings were similar to the first part of the study: 37 per cent of male respondents wanted to date only women shorter than they are, while 55 per cent of female respondents wanted to date only men taller than they are.‘Something just feels weird in thinking about looking "down" into my man’s eyes.
The second are will be for actual dating services and be divided accordingly.
He noted that it is a widespread perception that tall stature is a personal asset for men and a personal liability for women.
He said that the study’s finding that height matters more to women supports the social system of patriarchy, in which males are the primary authority figures.‘The masculine ability to offer physical protection is clearly connected to the gender stereotype of men as protectors,’ he said.
Evolutionarily speaking, one might argue that a tall man would be preferred by women because, if you follow the argument, he’ll be stronger and better able to ward off physical treats to his family.
In the beast-eats-man world of primitive civilizations, this argument might have a rationale.
When it comes to romantic partners, men and women tend to sort themselves out so that they form pairs of similar height.
However, among married couples, women are more likely to be shorter than their husbands, if only by a few inches.
We can only take coupley photos sitting down – otherwise, it’s going to look really odd and we’ll probably look like we’re babysitting them. Holding hands in public can make things a bit awkward – you end up feeling a bit insecure and worry people are judging you. You’re often really jealous of TV shows and films where girls can cry or snuggle into their boyfriends’ chest – this just doesn’t happen.
To the Sophie Dahls and Jamie Cullums of this world – I salute you.
In an intriguing 2013 study, Dutch psychologists Gert Stulp, Abraham Buunk, and Thomas Pollet followed up on some of their earlier work on male height to find out more about what leads women to prefer those lanky guys.