Shorter men get married later in life but have more successful relationships than their taller counterparts, a recent study suggests.
Sociologists from New York University (NYU) claim that shorter men were 32 per cent less likely to get a divorce than taller men. They speculated that marrying later could be the reason for the significantly lower divorce rate.
The NYU research examined data from 1986 to 2011, looking at height, income and education differences between spouses.
According to the study, shorter men earned a much higher income than their spouse and did less of the housework. Researchers wrote that this allowed them “to enact traditional gender ideals” within the household.
A previous study suggested that a more educated wife was no longer a predictor of divorce, however this latest research seems to contradict those findings.
The researchers at NYU suggested that taller men marry more educated women who are close to their age, whereas shorter men tend to marry less educated, younger women.
They wrote that “the tallest men exchange their attractive attribute (height) for better-educated spouses, while short men are unable to do so”.