We have lots of friends who refuse to date men who are shorter than them (and we are pinging this story to them the moment we have published it). Whether you are an awkward 5′ 12″ searching for a guy who is over 6 feet, or a 5′ 5″ lady speculating if she should consider a guy who she can’t wear heels next to, the taller girl shorter guy enigma is something most of us would never get over. In fact, 68.8 percent of females restrict their online dating searches to guys who are taller than them.
The divorce rate of short men is 32% lower than men of average and tall heights.
Well, girls, science has decided to take dispute with our bias. In a primary study distributed in The New Republic, Dalton Conley, a sociologist at NYU, and Samantha Seitzman, a Ph.D. candidate, indicate that short men might make better boyfriends and husbands. Shorter guys are unlikely to marry (their marriage rate is 19% lower than guys of average height). But, when they do get married, their divorce rates are 31% lower than that of average height and tall guys. Why? Here’s the researchers’ analysis, established from their data:
- Short men do more housework, doing close to 8 and a half hours of cleaning per week, 1 hour more than tall men.
- Short men tend to earn more money than their spouses. 79% are the breadwinners in their relationship, versus 68% for average men and 71% for tall men.
- Short men prefer older women. In the study, 10% of men had dated a woman who was more than 3 years older than them, and most of them were from the short cohort.
The researchers used data from the Panel Study of Income Crescendos—a University of Michigan project that’s been collecting demographic data on 7,000 families for nearly 55 years—to look at how a man’s height influences different areas of his relationship after the original dating period. They cataloged the guys into three groups: “Short” guys were described as 5’5” or less in 1986, 5’8” or below in 2009; “tall” guys were at least 6’2” in 1986 and 6’3” in 2009.
The point of the story: Listen to science and give short guys a chance too.