Every inch increase in a man’s height directly correlated to his likelihood of being contacted by a woman according to research. Many a woman on the online dating scene will have arranged a date with a man who claimed to be 6ft tall – only to find him somewhat shorter in reality. But according to new research the short men and online dating was right to exaggerate his height – because the woman wouldn’t have looked twice at his profile otherwise.
Researchers analysed more than 80,000 interactions between users of the dating website in the UK. They found that every inch increase in a man’s height directly correlated to his likelihood of being contacted by a woman. Taller men were significantly more likely to be contacted by women than shorter men. Their data revealed that the ideal height women seek in a man is 6ft.
77 per cent more likely to be contacted than a man under 5ft 4. But there is a limit to this height preference as women tend to shy away from men that are too tall. A man who is 6ft 4 or taller is 24 per cent less likely to be contacted by a woman. The statistics reveal how women will measure up a man based on his online profile before arranging to meet – and if they’re too short they won’t stand a chance. It might seem like a superficial aspect of online dating but it seems the same is also true in the real world.
Earlier this year, British and Dutch researchers studied more than 12,000 couples in the UK to compile data specifically on their height differences. The study found that in 92. 5 per cent of couples, the man was taller. She writes: ‘There’s just something appealing about tall men. Napoleon aside, tall men are more likely to win the popular contest in presidential votes and to be re-elected once in office. When it comes to romantic partners, men and women tend to sort themselves out so that they form pairs of similar height. However, among married couples, women are more likely to be shorter than their husbands, if only by a few inches.