Tall guy dating
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 participants in this study were 650 first-year heterosexual psychology students who received course credit for completing the survey.
We tend to think that we’re stuck with the height our genes and environments jointly determine.
However, some parents seek to take matters into their own hands by giving their too-short or too-tall children hormonal treatments during the years of active growth.
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.
Such treatments can involve considerable risk, expense, and subsequent resentment from their height-manipulated offspring.
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).
Their greater leadership potential may have something to do with the fact that tall men have higher self-esteem (whether or not deserved), are happier, and less likely to feel jealous toward other men.
They estimated their own height, and reported on their sex, ethnicity (most were Dutch or German), and reported on their sexual orientation.
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.