height matters

Women prefer taller men, as illustrated by petite 5ft 1in actress Hayden Panettiere who is engaged to 6ft 6in boxer Wladimir Klitschko

American researchers at Rice University and the University of North Texas found that the height of the partner is more important for women than for men. To find this out, a survey with the participation of 455 men and 470 women was conducted.

It turned out that since time immemorial nothing has changed: many women still dream about a partner who would be taller than their height. Such a wish was expressed almost by the half of the participants.

Why do women want a tall partner? As confirmed by the research, for aesthetics. For example, some women reported that they do not like the “look down into the eyes of a man”, others complained that dating a short man they can’t wear high heels.

In addition it was found out that a tall man is a symbol of protection for a woman and that is why ladies want to have such kind of men near them.

But men, as the survey found, were quite indifferent to the height of their female partner. Only 13.5 % of men wished to see a shorter woman next to them.

And yet, according to the researchers, couples where the man is taller than the woman are characterized by stereotypical gender roles, that is, when the man dominates and protects, and the woman submits and gives tenderness.

Not so long ago, American scientists found what height is ideal for both sexes and allows them to establish a serious relationship and family. A survey was conducted with the participation of 50 thousand people. It turned out that, according to women, a man should be about 20 cm taller than their own height, while men like to see a lady 8-10 cm shorter than they are. On the basis of this, the scientists calculated the average of the “ideal” height: for women it is 173 cm, and for men – 188 cm.

It is noteworthy that the experts also found a link between the height and the sense of happiness of the person. It turned out that men and women, whose height is above average (women – above 162.6 cm, men – above 177.8 cm), feel more lucky and happy compared to those below this height.

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Anna is the founder and lead editor of the website Learning-mind.com. She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics regarding introversion, consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.