At first glance, this study pretty much jives with layman observations of couple pairings. We might be becoming a more expressive society, but our basal instincts typically fire off unconsciously. Biologically, women are typically drawn to larger males as it portends of good genes (to pass on to offspring), the capability to edge the competition and provide basic needs, and the ability to provide some degree of protection.
Now this made absolute sense in the earlier hunter-gatherer and subsequent agrarian societies. Well, how about in the 21st century? Because evidently, a sizable percentage of women today still place a premium on partners who are fortunate in the height department.
Korean scientist Dr. Kitae Sohn set out to ascertain if tall man/short woman matchups led to happy marriages in current times, and his findings aren’t exactly surprising.
The study involved surveying 8,000 participants and found a direct correlation between the ratio of a husband’s height to his wife’s and perceived marital satisfaction and happiness. Put simply, couples with a height difference in favor of the man had happier marriages.
The theory to explain this came from other studies. Researchers have revealed that the height of a man directly correlates with his earning potential. And realistically, we don’t need science to confirm that ladies care a lot about a man’s financial security; although another research did just that. That’s not a dig at women though. Heck, men care a lot about their own financial security—everyone wants to live the good life.
In fact, the study further pointed out that employers found tall men to be more trustworthy and capable, pushing them to the front of the line when it’s time to dole out raises and promotions.
In any case, the study did drop a downer when it stated that height only played a role in marital satisfaction within the first 18 years. Oh, and it also stated that height isn’t the only factor (surprise!) that influences happiness in a marriage, so it shouldn’t be a dealbreaker.