When you're a tall woman, there's nothing more infuriating than seeing a short woman with a partner who's well over 6 foot. A short girl taking a tall guy off the market means she's stealing a potential mate for someone who needs it more than her. It's unfair, and honestly sometimes it comes off as mean. Why can't she pick on someone her own size? Like, we get that the heart wants what the heart wants, but if you're short, can't you train your heart to want someone who's also short? Women who are veritable skyscrapers shouldn't be forced to stay single just because all the eligible tall men have been snatched up by shorties.
And as if towering over your prom date as a teenager wasn't bad enough, science is here to ruin the experience of being a tall girl even more. Science has done a lot for humanity, like curing smallpox. But honestly, this time science may have gone too far.
The study was conducted among data from 7,850 married Indonesian women. Kitae Sohn, a professor of economics at Konkuk University in South Korea who conducted the study, found that women who preferred taller men were happier. Surprise, surprise! Just kidding, it's not surprising at all. Anyone who's been on a dating app can tell you that tall guys are more in demand.
The study found that the greater the height difference in a coupling, the happier the wife was. So if you see a short girl walking around all smug because she's landed herself a basketball player, it's science. She's smug because of science.
The study stated that taller people might have a higher earning potential and are generally perceived as attractive. This might lead to a happier spouse. So apparently everyone wants to hook up with a tall dude, no matter what your height is.
As a note, the study was conducted exclusively among Indonesian couples. A similar study has yet to be conducted in the U.S., or anywhere that's not Indonesia for that matter. So maybe science is just different in other countries? You know how some countries use feet and others use meters? Maybe the height/happiness ratio is different in America?
If you're a woman who's over 5'9" and now fears that all of the tall men are going to get snatched up by women who are 4'9", stop worrying. Science also has a whole bunch of reasons why short girls should marry short men. Or if you draw the short end of the stick (literally) and end up with someone who's 5'4", it's not the end of the world, it's only the end of you wearing heels.
Another study said that shorter men, on average, live two years longer than taller men. So if you're a short girl, maybe you should fall in love with a short guy, because then you'll have more time to spend with him? Something worth thinking about, anyways!
Even though taller men are generally perceived as more attractive, it oddly doesn't affect their sex life. Another study found that men who are under 5'9" had more sex than taller men. So, turns out, everyone wants to sleep with a tall guy, but nobody actually is (or at least just not as much).
Someone's height does play a role in how society perceives them. But there are other walks of life where it doesn't play a role - namely in the bedroom. Someone's height can tell you what pants size they're going to wear, but it doesn't tell you the size of what's in their pants. Another study has debunked that myth.
If you're a shorter woman (or a tall woman or a woman at all), you're going to have better luck finding a shorter guy. According to research conducted by a dating website (and insider knowledge from literally every single person who's used a dating app), taller guys are more popular. This means that shorter guys are more likely to be single, which means that you're more likely to wind up on a date with one.
So thanks for telling us something we already knew, science! This is really the discovery of the year. Although, part of us thinks that this whole study is just propaganda to get tall guys to go out with short girls.