catchy dating lines - Do guys like dating girls taller than them

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).

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.

Evolutionarily speaking, one might argue that a tall man would be preferred by women because, if you follow the argument, he’ll be stronger and better able to ward off physical treats to his family.

In the beast-eats-man world of primitive civilizations, this argument might have a rationale.

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.

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.

The tall man=power equation may simply be part of the male-female power differential.

Men are taller because of hormonal influences, to be sure.

This then becomes translated into social attitudes.

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