I got so used to people being a little shorter than me that I stopped noticing. I always let people in on a little secret: I find taller people intimidating simply because I’m not used to it! I’m used to scrunching down in photos to make myself more level with my friends.Sometimes in our pictures Josh looks taller than me, and it always happens by accident (or habit).Slowly, this extreme standard of height waned, but I still felt awkward if he was near as tall as I was.After all, shouldn’t the right man make me feel feminine and small?
Yet, when I think about why I thought tall guys were more attractive, I found that it boiled down to one thing: my own insecurities. While I didn’t exactly have an eating disorder, I can’t recall a time during my adolescence when I wasn’t on some sort of diet.They looked at two sets of data, from 19, and identified 3,033 heterosexual couples.“Would you ever consider dating a guy who was shorter than you?(Men were less picky: Just 13.5 per cent wouldn’t consider a taller woman.) Out of all 925 people, only three left the “desired height” category blank.When the same team took a survey of 181 college students, 29 per cent of women said they would feel “awkward” or “weird” dating a shorter guy, and both men and women in this sample were even more exacting about height: more than half of the women – 55 per cent – said they only wanted to date men who were taller, and 37 per cent of men said they would only go out with women who were shorter.That's not to say that dating shorter men won't invite the occasional awkward moment.