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Are Taller People More Jealous?

By January 6, 2010

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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?

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January 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(1) Jerry says:

I would agree with the study about taller men and average height women are less jealous because they are more in demand. How many online profiles want the man to be taller than them in high heels and of course the old favorite: tall, dark, and handsome.

Men as a group would prefer average height women followed by short women. Many men don’t want the woman taller than them and short women ( especially younger women) are fine, if they are happy with their looks and especially how they are built.

January 8, 2010 at 2:48 am
(2) Mo says:

I agree with Jerry’s comment and especially women’s online profiles. I think a lot of men get turned off with a lot of the women’s online profiles simply because of their requirements and for a good part of the online profiles they come across as demands with no leaway. I also think that taller men are less jealous to some extent. I also think that taller men are sometimes jealous at a tad bit shorter men because sometimes the taller men are more clumsey and I think that women these days have such huge over the top expectations that a lot of times it’s not all what they think it’s all cracked up to be. I think womens expectations are sometimes way to high especially online.

January 10, 2010 at 3:05 am
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January 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm
(4) Dr. Diana Kirschner says:

I think this finding may relate to research that shows that healthier people and more assertive or alpha males are perceived as more attractive. Researchers speculate that this is darwinian: potential male partners who are stronger and healthier might be more biologically able to reproduce and help care for young. When food was scare, it could be that the taller males were more nourished and therefore healthier–hence better for reproduction.

Now of course, it truly doesn’t matter. We have so many more options. It is key to find your own unique bliss in love.

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