Between countless “Napoleon Complex” accusations and the agonizing search for properly-fitting pants, vertically-challenged guys of the world have it rough sometimes. But when it comes to making women happy, it’s actually tall guys who get the short end of the stick.
A recent study done by sociologists at New York University looked at the correlation between a man’s height and his relationships. Researchers used data collected from 1986 through 2011, and classified men as short (less than 5’7”) average, or tall (more than 6’4”). They found that shorter men were 32% less likely to divorce, which is a pretty impressive stat. One reason may be because taller men are more likely to tie the knot earlier, meaning shorter men made their decision as older and wiser guys.
The study also found that, on average, taller guys married women who were better educated and closer to their own age. Researchers predicted that’s because taller men are able to “exchange their attractive attribute (height) for better-educated spouses, while short men are unable to do so,” the researchers wrote. Shorter guys, on the other hand, settled for younger, less-educated wives, because it would give them the leg up on earning more income. Researchers concluded that may be because short guys want to assert their masculinity more and be the breadwinners of the household.
The bottom line here for ladies is: If you want a better shot at a long-lasting marriage, ditch the high heels and give the shorter guy a shot. He’ll measure up just fine in the long run.