These findings are consistent with the data from other studies showing that tall men enjoy an advantage in self-esteem and happiness.
Here again, the authors link the dissatisfaction of the shorter men to the fact that women prefer tall men.
In an intriguing 2013 study, Dutch psychologists Gert Stulp, Abraham Buunk, and Thomas Pollet followed up on some of their earlier work on male height to find out more about what leads women to prefer those lanky guys.
They were also curious to learn how and why people are satisfied with their own height.
If the treatments don’t pay off in terms of intended benefits, there’s even less reason for parents even to think about going through with such radical interventions. Stulp and his colleagues sought to understand not only who prefers whom in terms of height, but also how people feel about their own height.
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.However, unless taller equals stronger, faster, and smarter even in this scenario, height wouldn’t seem to offer any particularly unique advantage.You can probably come up with your own counter-arguments to the evolutionary interpretation on your own. First, taller men may only stronger because we conflate height with weight and strength.This then becomes translated into social attitudes.We’re all conditioned by media images to prefer men and women with a certain kind of appearance.Second, being “looked up to,” quite literally, may at some subconscious level lead taller men to feel that they have superior qualities.Third, and most importantly from a scientific perspective, we simply don’t have the experimental cause-and-effect data to back up the idea that social attitudes and not the caveman explanation are behind any particular set of mating advantages being conferred to taller men.However, no one seemed totally happy with their partner’s actual height.Men were most satisfied with women shorter than their male partners (about 8 in.).However, I would argue that tall women are portrayed highly favorably in the celebrity world from models to Hollywood actresses, and that these images actually may be having a positive effect on women who might otherwise feel that they are “too tall” for their man.Unfortunately, in the area of personal satisfaction, there was some bad news from this study for short men, who- like the shorter women- reported being dissatisfied with their height.