Yes, it’s true—vertically challenged guys usually get less play from the ladies than their taller counterparts. But with the right attitude, they can climb their way to the top of the dating heap.
What do four inches mean to a man? Five? Six? Seven? And no, I’m not talking about his dick. I’m talking about something that makes many men insecure… their height.
A study published in the Journal of Family Issues found that the majority of women wanted to date men taller than them, and some theorize that tall men typically exude more confidence and power. And there’s a reason why they might exude more confidence and power: The American Psychological Association conducted a study that found guys over six feet on average earn $800 more per year than their shorter counterparts, and the majority of Fortune 500 CEOS are over six feet, even though only 14% of American males overall are.
Luckily, height bias is something that women can occasionally overcome.
“I used to be very picky about only dating men over 5 feet 11 inches,” Jessica* tells HUSTLERMagazine.com. “I’m 5 feet four inches, but I liked men who I could look up at. It made me feel safe. When I was on the apps, I ignored shorter guys, but in real life, I ended up marrying my coworker, who is five feet seven inches but super funny.”
Even so, smaller dudes still often get short-changed in the dating world. Which is as illogical as it is unfair. After all, taller guys are an aberration, while guys who fail to clear the six-feet mark are the norm. Government data shows that the average American man is five feet nine inches, and only 3.9% are six feet two inches or taller.