With men being taller on average compared to women, you might expect that most women would end up with taller men just by chance.However, researchers found that of the 720 couples in their study, only one was comprised of a taller woman and a shorter man (Gillis & Avis, 1980).
This was a far smaller percentage than expected by chance, showing that there is some selective preference for taller men.It is also noted that height is a “masculine” characteristic.Other factors come into play as we make choices about who we want to be with.One factor that becomes important is women’s own height (Fink, et al., 2007).What’s interesting is how women use height in gauging their attraction for men.
It turns out that height, like many other factors, depends on the individual – their own physical characteristics and what they’re looking for in a mate. Let’s first start with the tendency for women to prefer taller men since this idea is a common expectation.Also as you might expect, height and physical traits are not enough to explain what women want, especially when looking for long-term romantic relationships. More than physical appearance, which plays mostly in short-term relationships, women value personality, intelligence, and career choice (Braun & Bryan, 2006). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 6, 396-401. Especially at the extremes, taller women and shorter men prefer those who are closer to their height (Hensley, 1994). Thus, knowing that there are limited resources in this area makes people more open to accepting a wider range of acceptable possibilities. For dating, women look for men with agreeable personalities – men who show kindness, empathy, and intimacy, and factors like these can play a part in what women find most attractive in a man.