Evolutionary theory of dating
Also as you might expect, height and physical traits are not enough to explain what women want, especially when looking for long-term romantic relationships. More than physical appearance, which plays mostly in short-term relationships, women value personality, intelligence, and career choice (Braun & Bryan, 2006). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 6, 396-401. Other factors come into play as we make choices about who we want to be with.One factor that becomes important is women’s own height (Fink, et al., 2007).Other factors that influence height preference So, if women have a general preference for taller men and if height is rewarding, then why aren’t we all dating basketball players?Research shows that when it comes to selecting a potential romantic partner, taller is not always better.With men being taller on average compared to women, you might expect that most women would end up with taller men just by chance.
Another important finding in how height impacts attraction are our relationship goals.
Taller men may be seen as more dominant and assertive (Melamed, 1992).