It’s long been assumed that women prefer men to be taller than them.
Any active dater will testify to the fact that 99% of male Tinder bios tend to state their height, commonly next to the phrase ‘because this seems to be important’ or similar.
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Well, apparently, it is. If this research is anything to go by, anyway.
One study seems to have found that the greater the height difference, the happier the relationship. At least, according to the ladies involved.
A group of researchers hailing from Konkuk University in South Korea looked at data from 7,850 couples over a long period of time.
Doctor Kitae Sohn noted that ‘a greater height difference in a couple was positively related to the wife’s happiness’ and ‘the female preference for male height increased women’s reproductive fitness.’
Interestingly, this marital bliss seemed to wear off over the course of a number of years. Eighteen, to be precise.
Basically, life gets in the way. Oh life.
The doc has some suggestions as to why this is, saying that a wife ‘might get used to her husband’s height and its correlates such as physical attractiveness and strength’.
But why are we attracted to taller men in the first place?
In the journal, Personality And Individual Differences, Dr. Sohn writes: ‘women simply like tall men, while unable to say why.’
He compares this to our love of guilty pleasures such as fast food and chocolate: ‘This is similar to people favouring fatty, salty, and sugary foods without knowing exactly why: such foods are essential to survival but were scarce as humans evolved – hence craving such foods increased reproductive fitness in the past.’
So, what have we learned?
We’ll probably still be expecting to fancy men that are taller than us. But the key to a blissful and happy relationship, long-term, still runs a little deeper than that.