If you regularly rely on your partner to fetch things from the top kitchen cupboard, you’re about to feel vindicated.
While science has long claimed women are drawn to tall men for evolutionary reasons (as it’s associated with strength) the study led by researchers from South Korea is the first to examine how it affects the happiness of the couple involved.
Analysing data of 7,580 people, the researchers found that a greater height difference in a couple was positively related to the wife’s happiness. (Watch: people confess when they knew their partner was the one. Post continues after video.)
The relationship between height difference and happiness gradually weakened over time, before becoming totally irrelevant after 18 years of marriage.
“‘Nevertheless, the long period of the dissipation indicates a powerful impact of male height on women’s psychology, probably prepared by evolution,” concluded researcher Dr Kitae Sohn, of South Korea’s Konkuk University. (Post continues after gallery.)
In his conclusion, Dr Sohn suggested a number of possible reasons to explain why the attraction loses its power over time, such as a wife “getting used to her husband’s height and its correlates such as physical attractiveness and strength.”