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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.

The results on partner preferences are a bit discouraging if you’re a short man.

In general, women were more likely than men to think that the man should be taller and they tended to not want to be in a relationship in which they were taller than their male partners.

Men liked being taller than their partners, but they didn’t care about the height difference as much as women did.

I can wear 6' heels and not worry about being anywhere close to how tall he is. I can stand directly in front of him at a concert and not block his view.

They were also curious to learn how and why people are satisfied with their own height.

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 threats to his family.

However, some parents seek to take matters into their own hands by giving their too-short or too-tall children hormonal treatments during the years of active growth.

Their reasons for changing their children’s heights probably vary all over the place, but a main motivation, we might imagine, is to help their children fit in better among their peers and, ultimately, have better luck in the dating and mating department.

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