Does height matter anymore?

Sleepy Sol

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It definitely does in some way to a lot of people. I'm 5'5" (167ish cm) and skinny as a stick. I got plenty of crap as the "nerd" in school and my stature certainly didn't help. Though I'm probably a bit of an outlier. I think a lot of women do prefer taller men, which is fine. I personally don't care what height my partner is. They could be 4'10" or 6'1". I've got no hangups about it.

Though it does get me wondering where our concept of attraction to certain heights comes from. Even if physical attraction in itself is superficial by nature, it doesn't seem to me like height would drastically affect that (the other stuff you're attracted to) until you were freakishly short or tall. And I mean freakishly.
 

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Here in the Netherlands the majority of women seem to like their men taller than themselves. And having asked some of my female friends they all pretty much said the same thing, that a man shorter than them would be a bit of a turn off. I myself am below average at 1.80m (5' 11"), with the average being 1.83(6' 0"), and If I'm not mistaken, that average is like the 2nd or 3rd tallest in the world. Women's average is about 1.71m(5' 7"), though my ex was only a centimeter shorter than me, so I guess I still counted as being taller than her XD.

So yeah, here height does seems to matter.
 

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I've met guys who were legitimately offended that women might have height preferences
Obviously, people are allowed to prefer whichever physical characteristics they prefer. Simple as that. I do have issues with the height...issue though, and here's why.

It's not treated with the respect other physical characteristics are. If a guy/girl was too heavy, or their eyes were the wrong colour, or they were of a race the speaker wasn't attracted to, they would say "they're not really my type/I don't find them attractive" and leave it at that. They wouldn't say "ew, look how fat he is, gross" or "lol, he's Asian? As if I'd date him". When it comes to height, a characteristic the individual has no more control over (less in terms of weight) all bets are off - "lol he's tiny, he'd have to stand on a box" etc. It's just as likely to cause offence as comments about weight or race, but for some reason no one cares...

I'm 5'8'', so I've just about dodged that one, but I started going bald when I was 19, so I can relate.
 

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A little when it come to the job field I guess depending on the job. I assume NBA players have to be tall right (not into that sport before you asked) and I know being tall in retail has its advantage mainly for reaching the stock that are placed at the top of the shelf!
 

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Sigmund Av Volsung said:
People keep pointing out how tall I am(happened today), then yeah, I'd say it matters to some extent.

It also matters every time I bang my head on the doorway in my house because London hates me.
Ever had a moment where you are on the train, mostly Network Rail, you stand up and hit your head on the over head railing for getting how tall you are? Or even how some brushes and branches over hang and you have to dip your head every damn time but your shorter friends are fine.

London does hate tall people lol
 

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Parasondox said:
Sigmund Av Volsung said:
People keep pointing out how tall I am(happened today), then yeah, I'd say it matters to some extent.

It also matters every time I bang my head on the doorway in my house because London hates me.
Ever had a moment where you are on the train, mostly Network Rail, you stand up and hit your head on the over head railing for getting how tall you are? Or even how some brushes and branches over hang and you have to dip your head every damn time but your shorter friends are fine.

London does hate tall people lol
First floor of Buses is enough for me. Have to hunch myself into a hoop just to walk down the aisle and down the stairs >_<

Bleh, I say! Bleh!
 

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Sigmund Av Volsung said:
Parasondox said:
Sigmund Av Volsung said:
People keep pointing out how tall I am(happened today), then yeah, I'd say it matters to some extent.

It also matters every time I bang my head on the doorway in my house because London hates me.
Ever had a moment where you are on the train, mostly Network Rail, you stand up and hit your head on the over head railing for getting how tall you are? Or even how some brushes and branches over hang and you have to dip your head every damn time but your shorter friends are fine.

London does hate tall people lol
First floor of Buses is enough for me. Have to hunch myself into a hoop just to walk down the aisle and down the stairs >_<

Bleh, I say! Bleh!
At least they got higher. Remember the old buses? Screw that. Oh, and the Central, Jubilee and Bakerloo line can all go punch themselves. Damn neck pains.
 

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I'm also Dutch, meaning a descendant of the cattle herders and fishing people living in the swamp who really needed to lay off the milk and cheese for a bit(fortunately this got traded in for pot and hookers). I think all these fatty acids and calcium gave these bones an erection. I'm like 6,5 and I never liked it when I was younger b/c you don't really want to always be the odd one out, espescially not in the tender childhood years or the years after that when you're drowning in hormones and trying to figure out what makes you the uniquest snowflake of all(answer: nothing).

Nowadays the fact that I'm tall leaves me completely indifferent. If it had any kind of positive influence I really wouldn't know of it. When it comes to romance, I see plenty of short dudes with hot girlfriends who are taller than they are. In the end it doesn't really matter though, you have to make do with what you have right? :p
 

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My sister keeps complaining because she's 1.80m but can't stand men that are shorter than her.

As a pretty tall dude myself, I'm doing fine.
 

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I'm 6 foot 2 (188cm for all you sensible metric users out there) and I think being a bit taller than average is an advantage in terms of a larger dating pool as women (in my experience) prefer men who are taller than them. However I don't think height is as big an issue as people make it out to be. Let's say you are 172cm (5 foot 8). 75% of men are taller than you (based off US data) so you are "the short guy". However 9/10 women are your height or shorter so in terms of dating you are doing fine.

In terms of jobs yes tall people tend to earn more money on average.

Activities, it depends. Less chance of back problems, can fit in seats when you travel, better suited to gymnastics. However taller people are better at other sports eg rowing, basketball.

Emotions. Not that I know of. I think your height is a very small factor, if any, in your emotions.

Overall I don't think height is a huge deal, at least not to me.
 

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As a dude, 5'11" (180cm), I've always thought that the ideal height for a girl for me is 5'6"-5'7".

But it depends on the girl. I mean part of Anna Kendrick's appeal is that she's so tiny. But if I was with Krysten Ritter, I'd probably feel like I was too short for her.

The irony is, Krysten Ritter wouldn't likely think I'm too short for her and Anna Kendrick would probably wish I was a little bit taller. Short girls really LOVE tall dudes.
 

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Yeah it still does. I'm a short women, 5'ft exactly, and whenever I meet a new person they always comment on my height in one way or another eventually.
I honestly, I don't mind my height-I think it makes me "cute" and youthful looking. though I do tire of the comments if they keep going on and about it.
It also doesn't help that my sister and mother are both very tall.
 
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I like a lass I can look in the eye, and if I straighten up from my habitual slouch I'm 6'1". That having been said I'm currently ruled by a lass who struggles to push 5'4" on tiptoes, so I guess height ain't everything (despite what Goldeneye 64 taught me).
 

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For better or for worse, height matters quite a lot in dating, and most studies have found that it matters significantly more for women than men. For example, in one survey (and granted this is only one survey of college age women) an incredibly low 4% of women said they would be willing to date a man shorter than them. That's only 1 out of 25.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201306/why-women-want-tall-men
http://www.medicaldaily.com/short-women-still-prefer-taller-men-how-height-preferences-havent-changed-search-love-269037
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/12/women-like-taller-men-_n_4774256.html

If you need further proof, just browse any dating site and look at the "women looking for men" profiles. It's exceedingly rare to see a woman post anything below 5'9 on her minimum height requirements.

Most guys I know wouldn't particularly care about dating a woman taller than them, but they usually don't even bother trying since it's so rare to find a woman willing to date a shorter guy.
 

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Height has always mattered, for whatever reason. Although you'll find that lots of different things matter to lots of different people.

People have no shortage of things to feel insecure about. You're too short; your dick's too small; your breasts are too small; your ass is too small; your ass is too big; you don't have a thigh gap; you have too much of a thigh gap; your leg-to-torso ratio is off; you have no chin; you're too fat; you're too skinny, etc.

Personally? I don't care about height. I'm somewhere between 5'11 and 6'1. I've never actually gotten a real measurement--it's always been that back to back "You're that tall, so I must be this tall" bullshit.
 

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Yes, height matters. Physical stature is one of the most obvious indicators of strength and health. Our instincts drive us to select strong, healthy mates. This is the same reason a jellyroll like myself will always lose out to a chiseled Bowflex-commercial bod. Muscle-guy isn't really going to be more useful -- I can lift a sofa / install a new kitchen sink / mow the lawn as well as he can -- but that means less than nothing in the face of instinct. A tall man literally stands above a short one, and we're programmed to accord status to that fact.

My preference in women? There are many things more important than height, and all of them are intangibles. All else being equal, I'd prefer a tall, robust Valkyrie type. Ideally she should match my height of 6'2", which I know isn't a realistic expectation.

Do men care about their own height? Ask a short guy. I don't especially care about being taller than average. I suspect most tall guys don't. Would a man date a woman taller than he is? Again, comes down to the individual. I would, but it would be extremely unlikely I'd ever meet one in the first place.

Do women care about their own height? Ask them. I suspect it's much as with men: the tall ones don't care as much as the short ones. What is a woman's preference? Tall, of course. It's no secret that the large, chiseled alpha type beats out every other on the scale of attractiveness.
 

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Fuck if I care... I'd probably would say "yes" to the first person who'd ask me out, anyway, and go from there... Besides, if the person's not younger than me, they sure must be taller than me like my 16-year-old cousin who's 6'1" and counting...

Other than that, it's not the height that matter, but how you use said height... That's the money shot right there...
 

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I'm 5'5" so... my prospects aren't great. Though I've known plenty of women who are shorter than me, it's only by a couple of inches at most, so if they like high heels I'm screwed. I've never dated anyone, not because I'm short, but because I've never really sought it out. Partly due to shyness, partly due to my military life not really making a long term relationship possible, and partly because my introverted nature makes interacting with people, even ones I know well, exhausting for me. I do actually want to get out there and meet a girl, even have a family, but I'm in no rush.

Whenever I do get going on it though I am a little worried my shortness will make it difficult. Ah well, we play with the cards we're dealt.
 

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I'm 5'7" and 215 pounds, But I am quite wide(wide shoulders, wide hips, and a barrel chest) so I am not sure how that would factor for a women. I was insecure about it when i was younger due to my step dad being 6'2" but I learned to not let it bother me too much.

As for dating I would prefer my height or shorter due to taller women putting me off too much.