However, the study also revealed that women don’t like their men too lanky – only one in seven cases had the man at 10 inches or more taller than the woman.
Being a World Cup year it’s only right to turn our attention to a study conducted by evolutionary psychologist Gert Stulp from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.“High and mighty: Height increases authority in professional refereeing” studied referees in the French and German football leagues and the 2010 World Cup.There’s a reason I clearly state I'm 6’5” on my Tinder profile, let’s put it that way. Why does being tall work so well when it comes to meeting women?Yesterday in Telegraph Men, body image expert Natasha Devon said that many of the woman she has spoken to say they are looking for a partner who is taller than them (a particular problem for tall women).This isn’t just a coincidence, nor it is it as simple as taller is better, although the research does show some preference for taller men.
What’s interesting is how women use height in gauging their attraction for men.The results are backed up by a 2007 study of some 2,000 personal ads which revealed that "23pc of men compared to only 4pc of women would accept a dating relationship where the woman was taller".Women, it seems are far more picky when it comes to matters of height than men. study, George Yancey, suggested reasons for this to Cohen found that the most common difference between the height of husband and wife was five to six inches. It’s not about being tall per se, but rather being taller than the object of your affection.Doing some quick maths this would make my perfect woman about six feet tall – Uma Thurman, for example. If the evidence isn’t enough consolation, perhaps the following fact is: research by the University of Hawaii has found that short men live longer.The study found that most referees were taller than their assistants; "height was positively associated with authoritative behaviour"; and that "taller referees were better able to maintain control of the game" and display social dominance.