Research Says Women Predominantly Use Height as a Symbol of Socioeconomic Wellbeing

Nowadays, tall heights are on everyone’s priority list. Does height have any influence over education, job, or dating? Recent research uncovers the details about how height may affect one’s romantic and professional lives.

It is a matter of common observation that women prefer taller men. Taller men are found to allure more attractive partners. Women are more concerned over dating taller men than men dating short height women.

Height is a polygenic trait. It shows variation all over the world ranging from 20 cm to 2.72 m (8 feet 11.1 inches). As per the researchers, 20% of the variation among the human population is controlled by 700 genes.

Preferable height for both men and women

According to a study published in Personality and Individual Differences (2013), women prefer men who are at least 8 inches (21 cm) taller than them. And men are more into those women who are 3 inches (8 cm) shorter than them. The study was lead by GertStulp and his team. 

While another research (2014) in the Journal of Family Issues lead by George Yancey and Michael O. Emerson said that 13.5 % of men only go for dating women who are shorter than them. However, half of the women population that is; around 48.9% prefers dating only taller men.

There is another supporting study which relates height and preferable partner. According to it, a woman on average will only date a man whose height is only 5 feet 9 inches. The study (2007) appears in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The study was lead by IrminaSalska and David A.Frederick.

While on the other hand, a man would select a partner who is at least 5 feet 1 inch tall. It was in the same study, where researchers found that 23% of the men and 4% of the women would not argue about having women taller in a relationship.

Read also – Variation in Heights across the world – Which heights are considered attractive?

Analysis of the study shows that women marrying taller men show better health, education, body mass index, and higher income than those women who have partners of shorter height.

Taller people have a better socioeconomic status

According to economists, taller people earn more money. And they refer to them as “height premium.” As per particular research (2008) in the Journal of Political Economy, in both men and women, a 1% increase in height is linked with 1.4-2.9% increase in the income. The research was lead by Anne Case and Christina Paxson.

Another research (2004) in Journal of Applied Psychology found that an increase of 1 inch in height is linked with an income of $800 or more every year. As per this link, men who are 6 feet earns around $160,000 or more in 30 years as compared to men who are less than 6 feet.

High earning of taller people is because of their higher and better education. In the United States of America, taller people hold more white-collar jobs than blue-collar jobs. The same observation was made for people living in the UK too. Men who had white-collar jobs in the United Kingdom were 0.6 inches taller than the men who had blue-collar jobs.

Not only this, but taller people show better health status and are more attractive. All in all shorter men show higher body mass index, lower average income, poor education and much more.

Women whose partners were shortly heightened also showed poor health, less educational status, with a high body mass index. While those women who married taller men showed better health status, good body mass index, and a better educational degree. These couples are also found to be more attractive.


Adeena Tariq

Adeena's professional life has been mostly in hospital management, while studying international business in college. Of course, she now covers topics for us in health.

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