Check out this equation: Dating Short Men = Uphill Battle. I haven’t conducted a study of my own on the subject, but I can assure you that scores of women of every type will say they simply aren’t attracted to short men.
Decoded, this equation refers to the tough time many short men have trying to find a romantic partner because some women won’t date someone shorter than they are. If you push them, they will hedge a bit: “I don’t know why, I’m just not.” As a psychologist, it’s not my job or place to be mean-spirited or hurtfully blunt, but it is my job to tell it like it is in reality.
Women care about height and for many short men who are looking for a wife that means either settling for one who is less attractive or not finding one at all.
There is a silver lining though: a short man who is able to establish himself economically could very well find that later in life he has a younger wife than his taller friends.
Eventually, we all grew up and being tall proved to be kind of awesome.
What’s interesting about my client, Alexis, is that she had it wrong when it comes to her attitude about short men.
In this post, I will use 2.7 million interactions between Coffee Meets Bagel’s (CMB) straight members to see if women really do prefer tall men.
I will also investigate something that nobody ever talks about: do men have a preference about women’s height?
There are several reasons why this relationship exists beyond simple workplace discrimination, not the least of which being that adult height is related to socio-economic status in childhood.
But it isn’t just income that is causing short men to fair worse on the marriage market; even when we control for income women prefer taller men. Imagine that a woman can choose to communicate with one of two men on an online dating site.
Of course I was self-conscious of that fact; I would slouch, hide in the back, do anything I could to shrink away.