Tall people dating
Being a World Cup year it’s only right to turn our attention to a study conducted by evolutionary psychologist Gert Stulp from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
“High and mighty: Height increases authority in professional refereeing” studied referees in the French and German football leagues and the 2010 World Cup.
Cohen found that the most common difference between the height of husband and wife was five to six inches. It’s not about being tall per se, but rather being taller than the object of your affection.
Doing some quick maths this would make my perfect woman about six feet tall – Uma Thurman, for example. If the evidence isn’t enough consolation, perhaps the following fact is: research by the University of Hawaii has found that short men live longer.
He said that the masculine ability to offer physical protection is clearly connected to the gender stereotype of men as protectors, and that "in a society that encourages men to be dominant and women to be submissive, having the image of tall men hovering over short women reinforces this value." In other words, tallness exaggerates the favoured masculine traits of protection and security – characteristics that evolutionary theorists say women look for when partnering up with the potential father of their children.
It’s a view backed up by Dr Viren Swami, a social psychologist at the University of Westminster.
And, anecdotally, I am neither a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or, indeed, a referee.
Napoleon aside, tall men are more likely to win the popular contest in presidential votes and to be re-elected once in office (Stulp, 2013).
Twenty minutes through the door and ten Aftershocks later and it already felt like a night I would never remember – and then came Jemima.However, the study also revealed that women don’t like their men too lanky – only one in seven cases had the man at 10 inches or more taller than the woman.The statistics were underlined by a study in the US by Philip Cohen, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.A survey of the Fortune 500 conducted in 2005 revealed that the average CEO is 6 feet tall; over 90pc of CEOs are above average height; and only 3pc of CEOs are under 5’7”.The perfect excuse to fly first class: “My legs don’t fit in economy”.
Their greater leadership potential may have something to do with the fact that tall men have higher self-esteem (whether or not deserved), are happier, and less likely to feel jealous toward other men.