Dating a tall man
If the treatments don’t pay off in terms of intended benefits, there’s even less reason for parents even to think about going through with such radical interventions. Stulp and his colleagues sought to understand not only who prefers whom in terms of height, but also how people feel about their own height.The participants in this study were 650 first-year heterosexual psychology students who received course credit for completing the survey.The tall man=power equation may simply be part of the male-female power differential.Men are taller because of hormonal influences, to be sure.However, unless taller equals stronger, faster, and smarter even in this scenario, height wouldn’t seem to offer any particularly unique advantage.
We’re all conditioned by media images to prefer men and women with a certain kind of appearance.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.They were also curious to learn how and why people are satisfied with their own height.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.
How do all these partner differences translate to personal satisfaction?