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In addition, if height signals physical dominance, it is likely that taller men make women feel smaller, protected, and perhaps more “feminine” as well.
In line with this idea, research has found that women with more “traditional” gender role expectations were less willing to date shorter men (Salska, et al., 2008).
Even beyond biology, this study showed that women had a stronger preference for taller men when they were looking for a short-term relationship.
In other words, height and physical attraction may be most important when looking for a fling or a casual sexual relationship.
Research shows that when it comes to selecting a potential romantic partner, taller is not always better.Thus, finding men who are agreeable, smart, and gainfully employed are signs that they will make good providers. In sum, evolutionary theory predicts that women look for men who can provide security and protection, who can invest in their child resources in a long-term relationship or who can pass on good genes in a short-term fling. Female waist-to-hip and male waist-to-shoulder ratios as determinants of romantic desirability. The evolution of human intrasexual competition: Tactics of mate attraction. Variable preferences for sexual dimorphism in stature (SDS): Further evidence for an adjustment in relation to own height. Researchers suggest this happens to optimize our potential dating pool (Salska, et al., 2008). If we all only dated men who were 6’4” or taller, there would be so many people who were dateless, and competition for these tall men would be tough.