By contrast, only 1.7 percent of women said they would only date a shorter man — a conveniently similar figure to the 1.3 percent of men who say they would only date a taller woman.Before you go critiquing women’s picky and primitive mating choices, I’d like to point you in the direction of abundant research that suggests that men choose female partners based on their waist-to-hip ratio.But there’s a bigger issue here — maybe you’ve already spotted it, John: Men tend to be taller than women anyway.Is it really so surprising that only 7.5 percent of heterosexual couples don’t include a man who is taller than a woman? The Dutch researchers checked this by seeing what would happen if they assigned couples together at random.
Plus, navigating the world of dating is already a mess, so being on an extreme end of any physical spectrum doesn't exactly make it any easier.
Wanting to measure the height difference in existing couples (as opposed to people’s preferences for a partner — we’ll come to those later), researchers in the Netherlands used survey data from 12,502 couples who were the parents to babies born in the U. Men taller than women might be the norm, but you can see how many outliers there are and how far out they’re lying when you take a closer look at the data.
Just 3.4 percent of couples were of the same height, and in 4.1 percent of couples, the woman was taller than the man.
In 2009, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a survey of more than 5,000 families by the University of Michigan, found that 92.2 percent of men were taller than their spouses (in 1986, that figure was 92.7 percent). First, they’re only based on couples with children.
Despite that similarity, the findings from the study of U. Second, because height is related to ethnicity, the researchers only included white couples in their findings. Setting aside metaphysical questions about love, the researchers found that height is correlated with education, and there’s evidence that people choose partners based on their education level.