A study by Rice University and the University of North Texas has found that for lots of us, height does matter when it comes to choosing a partner.
Researchers set out to learn more about height preferences in the heterosexual dating world by conducting a study split into two parts. The first part compiled data from Yahoo! personal dating ads and consulted the opinions of 455 heterosexual men (with an average height of 5’8″ and average age of 36) and 470 heterosexual women (with an average height of 5’4″ and an average age of 35). Only 13.5 percent of guys said they prefer to date women who are shorter than they are. The women in the study, on the other hand, were a bit pickier: 48.9 percent of women would only date men who are taller than they are.
The study’s second part enlisted volunteers from a U.S. university to take an online survey with open-ended questions. The survey included 54 men (who averaged 5’9″ tall) and 131 women (with an average height of 5’4″). Researchers found that 37 percent of men would only date women who are shorter than them, and 55 percent of women would only date men who are taller than them – very similar to the study’s previous findings. Keep reading »
I was a gawky girl growing up. Hitting 5’6″ in 4th grade, still with a mouth full of baby teeth made for an extra long awkward phase. Now, at 6-feet-tall, I’ve embraced my stature. But I’m glad I lived through my long journey to the top (pun intended) because it made me never take myself too seriously. Not to mention, I developed a very thick skin. While some may view the word “gawky” in a negative light, I see it as a compliment. Gawky ladies are unique. They march to their own drummer. Sure, they may trip over their own giant feet while marching to said drummer, but they do it with flair! Click through to see some of my all time favorite gawky lady role models.
Margot Leitman is a comedian and writer based in Los Angeles. Her first book,“Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase” is now available wherever books are sold. You can follow her on Twitter.
When I was younger, I used to beg my mother to find ways to make me taller because the fact that I stopped growing at 5’1″ was more than a little depressing. Despite my cries and vertical issues, I’m certain that there was no way I’d willingly submit to months of bed rest and painful surgery in order to gain a few inches. Apparently though, there are people in the world who would. Orthopedic surgeon Bai Helong recognized that women and men all over feel inadequate based on their height and found a way to “safely” extend the legs in order to give his patients those few extra inches. Keep reading »