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As it turns out, people do tend to partner with people of similar height due to a phenomenon known as assortative mating.
If the treatments don’t pay off in terms of intended benefits, there’s even less reason for parents even to think about going through with such radical interventions. Stulp and his colleagues sought to understand not only who prefers whom in terms of height, but also how people feel about their own height.
The participants in this study were 650 first-year heterosexual psychology students who received course credit for completing the survey.
Evolutionarily speaking, one might argue that a tall man would be preferred by women because, if you follow the argument, he’ll be stronger and better able to ward off physical treats to his family.
In the beast-eats-man world of primitive civilizations, this argument might have a rationale.