Benefits of dating a tall guy
Frederick's claim is in keeping with the experience of Allison Hughes, 25, a 5-foot-8 book publisher from Washington, D.C., who found that dating shorter guys made her feel less confident."When I'm with taller guys I feel more feminine and sexy, whereas when I have been with a guy that's shorter than me, I feel Amazon-like and beastly," Hughes said."Which I know is absurd, but it's just the conditioning I've been accustomed to, and it's hard to break from the norm." Back in 2002, ABC News conducted an unscientific experiment to explore how willing women were to date shorter men.They lined up several short men next to tall men, and asked women to choose a date.
Many women hold this stereotype to a point where it excludes a lot of people they might be interested in otherwise," said Dr.David Frederick, co-author of the study and visiting professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, wrote in an email."For some women, being with a taller partner makes them feel smaller, and it is not surprising that some women prefer this given the pressure on women to be slender." Evolutionarily speaking, women may have developed a preference for taller men because of the advantages height provides in male on male competitions, he added.How do tall women and short men survive the dating world?A 2008 study of 382 undergraduates in the journal found that both sexes preferred relationships where the woman was shorter than the man.