However, no one seemed totally happy with their partner’s actual height.

benefits of dating a tall man-76

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.

This then becomes translated into social attitudes.

We’re all conditioned by media images to prefer men and women with a certain kind of appearance.

However, unless taller equals stronger, faster, and smarter even in this scenario, height wouldn’t seem to offer any particularly unique advantage.

You can probably come up with your own counter-arguments to the evolutionary interpretation on your own. First, taller men may only stronger because we conflate height with weight and strength.

They estimated their own height, and reported on their sex, ethnicity (most were Dutch or German), and reported on their sexual orientation.

The rest of the questions, simply enough, asked them to report on their relationship status, the height of their partner, the satisfaction with their own height, and their satisfaction with the height of their partners.

Evolutionarily speaking, one might argue that a tall man would be preferred by women because, if you follow the argument, he’ll be stronger and better able to ward off physical treats to his family.