They were also curious to learn how and why people are satisfied with their own height.Evolutionarily speaking, one might argue that a tall man would be preferred by women because, if you follow the argument, he’ll be stronger and better able to ward off physical treats to his family.
Men are taller because of hormonal influences, to be sure.
This then becomes translated into social attitudes.
Men were most satisfied with women shorter than their male partners (about 8 in.).
How do all these partner differences translate to personal satisfaction?
There was also a very practical reason that motivated Stulp and his team to investigate height preferences.
We tend to think that we’re stuck with the height our genes and environments jointly determine.
You can probably come up with your own counter-arguments to the evolutionary interpretation on your own. First, taller men may only stronger because we conflate height with weight and strength.
Second, being “looked up to,” quite literally, may at some subconscious level lead taller men to feel that they have superior qualities.
As it turns out, people do tend to partner with people of similar height due to a phenomenon known as assortative mating.