Short men tend to have longer relationships and get divorced less frequently. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Short men tend to have longer relationships and get divorced less frequently.
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Does a man’s height really matter when it comes to dating?

 

Unfortunately - according to a new study - the answer looks like it’s yes.

 

“There seems to be an almost universal agreement among men and women that they would prefer to be in a relationship where the man is taller,” said Abigail Weitzman, the lead author of a new study by the the National Bureau of Economic Research, told the Washington Post.

 

While it’s long been a stereotype that tall men have it easier when it comes to dating, it turns out that there are several advantages shorter men - that is, those under 5-foot-7 - have over their taller brethren. The researchers found that shorter guys get divorced at lower rates and their relationships tend to generally last longer.

 

As for taller than average men (who are above 6-foot-2), Weitzman and her team found that they were more likely to marry older, well-educated women. Interestingly, they are also more likely to marry women who are closer to their own height.

The study also found significant differences in the way short and tall men conduct themselves within their relationships.Tall men, on average, do more housework and women married tall men were more likely to earn about the same as their partners.

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