Dating a man shorter than me

Unsurprisingly, physical attributes (either height or width) probably aren’t the smartest basis for choosing a partner. A study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research in August found that shorter men tend to divorce at lower rates (though it also found that men who are shorter than their spouses do less housework than men who are taller than their spouses). One of the first studies about the height preferences of homosexual couples was published in January.In fact, John, shorter men like you (the average height for a male adult in the U. Your question might have been solely about heterosexual couples, but I wondered about the estimated 700,000 U. Researchers conducted an online survey of 541 gay men and found that about half preferred a partner to be taller than themselves, a quarter of respondents preferred to be of equal height and the rest liked partners shorter than themselves.That's not to say that dating shorter men won't invite the occasional awkward moment.Societal stereotypes dictate that in heterosexual romantic partnerships, a man should be bigger and taller than his female partner.Even though men were on average almost half a foot taller than women, there was a big standard deviation of 9.3 centimeters (3.7 inches) either way.Here’s what those results look like when they’re charted out: Things aren’t so different in the United States.

Even when you know the judgments of others should have no bearing on your relationship, it's not unreasonable to try and make accommodations to avoid the conversation altogether. The truth is, you can't answer this question in a broad and sweeping way. Tall means different things to different people, and some women are five inches taller than their companion while some are only one or two inches taller.Wanting to measure the height difference in existing couples (as opposed to people’s preferences for a partner — we’ll come to those later), researchers in the Netherlands used survey data from 12,502 couples who were the parents to babies born in the U. Men taller than women might be the norm, but you can see how many outliers there are and how far out they’re lying when you take a closer look at the data.Just 3.4 percent of couples were of the same height, and in 4.1 percent of couples, the woman was taller than the man.It’s not only gay men who base their height preferences on their own height.A 2003 study published by the Royal Society found that height preferences were informed, at least in part, by pragmatism rather than some evolutionarily hard-wired instinct.In 2009, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a survey of more than 5,000 families by the University of Michigan, found that 92.2 percent of men were taller than their spouses (in 1986, that figure was 92.7 percent). First, they’re only based on couples with children.Despite that similarity, the findings from the study of U. Second, because height is related to ethnicity, the researchers only included white couples in their findings. Setting aside metaphysical questions about love, the researchers found that height is correlated with education, and there’s evidence that people choose partners based on their education level.If choice were out of their hands, 10.2 percent of heterosexual couples would have a man either the same height or shorter than the woman — the reality is 26 percent lower than that. To find out who is doing the choosing, we need to look at a study published this year in the Journal of Family Issues.The authors looked at 925 personal ads of individuals in the U. seeking heterosexual relationships posted on Yahoo (they used data from the General Social Survey to weight those ads and make sure they were nationally representative in terms of age, geography, race, income, etc.).The long and short of it is that in heterosexual relationships, men tend to be taller than women and almost half of women prefer it that way. Hope the numbers help, Mona Have a question you would like answered here? Don’t despair though, John, if you’re one of the 13.5 percent of men who are looking for a shorter female partner.

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