Women with significantly taller husbands enjoy happier marriages, researchers have claimed.
After analysing data from 7,850 women gathered during a long-term population study, Dr Kitae Sohn found that the greater the difference in height between spouses, the happier the women were.
Dr Sohn is a professor at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. He said that one reason for his finding could be the “intrinsic value of height” among women. Essentially, they “like tall men, [but are often] unable to say why”, he explained.
While it is almost common knowledge that “women prefer tall men in mating for evolutionary reasons”, no research has previously been done to find out if such husbands made them happier, Dr Sohn wrote.
The effect of a man’s height on his wife’s happiness diminished over time, however. Dr Sohn’s work found that, in most cases, the importance of height “entirely dissipated by 18 years of marital duration”. He said that this could be because wives simply get used to how tall their husbands are. While women have evolved to associate strength with tall men, he continued, this connection appears to fade after a significant amount of time spent with someone.
The length of time it takes for this effect to be negated “indicates a powerful impact of male height on women’s psychology, probably prepared by evolution”, Dr Sohn added.
The research was published in the academic journal Personality and Individual Differences.