You've probably heard at least one woman say they only like to date people who are taller than they are. There are plenty of reasons a person might feel that way: to feel protected, to have someone around to reach items on high shelves, to sit on someone's shoulders during a concert. Kidding aside, I combed the internet to see
if women care about height — or if that's just a myth.
As you might guess, responses varied. There are some women who are as strict as can be about only wanting to date people a certain height or taller. Some are more lenient with this "rule," specifying that they just want to date someone taller than themselves. Then, there are those who would rather date someone their height, and then, of course, there are those who straight-up do not care.
I know I've seen my fair share of dating app profiles where people will share their height, followed by a nonchalant "if it matters." For me, I don't really care about someone else's height that much — I wouldn't really want someone nit-picking
my body. Here's what others had to say on the subject.
A girl on the taller end of the spectrum has her own set of preferences when it comes to dating.
At 6'1", this female Reddit user is definitely taller than the
average 5'4" woman in the United States, and she had previously stuck to her own dating rule of "dating same height or taller."
But, something changed, and she's currently dating a guy who's 5'6".
He's cute," she explained on the thread.
A bisexual woman said that her tall height is a turn-on for more women than it is for men.
If the person lets insecurities of their height seep into the relationship, that can be an issue for some people.
"Dated a guy briefly in college who was probably
an inch or two shorter than me (I'm 5'7")," another Reddit user explained. "He was cute and I liked him, but when he started worrying about what shoes I would wear when we went out, I knew it wouldn't work. I didn't even wear heels back then — he was freaking out over Doc Martens."
His height wasn't an issue for this person.
"Dated a guy who was
shorter than me by two inches," another person said in the thread. "The height itself was not an issue for me, but the fact that he blamed any problem he had on his height, and was obsessed with people 'judging' him, was f*cking annoying."
This 5'5" person likes that her and her husband are around the same height.
"I've had serious relationships with average and tall men in the past but,
I am happily married to a man who is about the same height as I am," she said in the Reddit discussion. "In all respects, I find being with a shorter man much more rewarding. For example, he understands the difficulty I have reaching high shelves and I don't get a crick in my neck looking into his eyes."
This person wants to date a guy taller than her so he can protect her.
Someone on the thread asked if it's a "deal breaker" on a first date.
"I'm 5'5" (maybe a hair less), a pretty average height," another person replied. "It's not a 'F*ck, I gotta get out of here,
stat,' kind of deal breaker, but I'd question it. It has a lot to do with not wanting to feel huge next to the guy. And the deep-rooted [desire] of having someone bigger, stronger, etc. who will protect you."
This person isn't attracted to shorter men.
"I'm 5'8" and I have a couple of friends who are like 5'3" and 10 [to] 20 [pounds] lighter than me and it would just never occur to me to think of them [romantically]," another user added to the thread.
This woman says someone around her height makes things like kissing easier.
"The guy I'm currently seeing is shorter then most of the guys I've dated (I'm 5'3", he's about 5'5"), and
when I first met him I was a bit thrown off by it," she said on Reddit. "I admit I did have the thought that he's too short for me, I can't wear heels now, etc., but then I got to know him and honestly, it really isn't an issue anymore. I find him incredibly sexy, and our lack of height difference makes kissing and cuddling really easy."
For this 5'9" woman, taller men are a turn-on.
prefer guys to be at least 6'0", especially because I like to wear heels sometimes," she said in the discussion. "My biggest turn-on is height; if a guy is like, 6'6'', I'm instantly attracted to him."
"With that said, confidence (but not short-man syndrome cockiness) can definitely make up for lack of height. I dated a guy an inch or two shorter than me because he didn't give a f*ck, never even mentioned it, and carried himself like he was taller."
This 5'7" woman wants men to be around her height.
"I actually prefer
men who are my height or not much taller, 5' 9" or 5' 10," max," a Reddit user said. "I'm actually uncomfortable around men who are a lot taller than I am, and I tend not to be attracted to them. I like to face my guys eye-to-eye. I don't want to be towered over. I've never been attracted to someone shorter than myself, but I don't discount it."
This person values her partner's personality much more so than his height.
"I'm 5'8" and my boyfriend is 5'3"," someone else shared. "
I'm so much more happy with him than I was with my 6'2" ex. Height is irrelevant — personality is what's important." Check out the entire Gen Why series and other videos on Facebook and the Bustle app across Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV. Check out the “Best of Elite Daily” stream in the Bustle App for more stories just like this! Don't miss a thing
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