The official eHarmony blog had an interesting post that seems to have gotten missed by many of the relationship bloggers over the holidays, one that discussed recent research regarding the correlation between one's height and how jealous they were of their partner.
The post is dense with information, so let's see if I can boil it down a bit (for references to all statements, visit the original post):
- Several studies have found that taller males are seen as being more dominant, attractive and virile;
- Women choose taller partners when they are ovulating or looking for casual sex;
- The study accurately predicted that taller men were less jealous than their shorter counterparts, with the tallest men being the least jealous all around;
- Even though the tallest men were less jealous, they were more likely to be aggressive with potential rivals and demand more time with their partners, whereas shorter men chose to focus on, "...the love and care that they show their partner".
Women on the other hand were a completely different story:
- Women of average height are the most attractive to men and have more success with conception than their shorter or taller counterparts;
- Women of average height were the least jealous of their partners; and
- The shorter a woman is, the more she felt other women were a threat to her relationship.
What can we draw from this research? From what I can tell, it seems that the more attractive someone is to the general public, the less jealous the person is. Why? The study's take was that if someone feels like they are in demand, it positively affects their ability to compete with any other potential romantic rivals.
What's your take on this new study? Do you think taller men and average height women are less jealous, and shorter women and men are the most jealous of the bunch? Will this jealousy research affect your choice in dating partners?