Why do women prefer tall men?

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In this article we explore what it is about tall men that women find attractive.  I mean you read it lots, but why do women prefer tall men?

Well, researchers say it’s all down to their perceived fighting ability!

According to a new theory, women are more attracted to statuesque males because in evolutionary terms they are better at fighting – taller men can throw a more powerful punch making them more useful to the opposite sex.

The scientists also found that our prehistoric ancestors punched hardest when they stood on two legs, suggesting that fighting was the driving force behind the evolution of upright walking.

Sexual selection plays its part

‘From the perspective of sexual selection theory, women are attracted to powerful males, because powerful males can protect them and their children from other males,’ says Dr David Carrier, from the University of Utah.

‘Early in human evolution, an enhanced capacity to strike downward on an opponent may have given tall males a greater capacity to compete for mates and to defend their resources,’ he says. ‘If this were true, females who chose to mate with taller males would have had greater fitness for survival.’

They are better protection

Dr Carrier studied the power of punches by male martial arts experts and boxers. According to the journal PLoS One, Men hit with more force when they were standing and could punch twice as hard when striking downwards.

Could it all be in the genes?

Some scientists have argued that women prefer taller men because their height indicates good genes but Dr Carrier insists: ‘If that were the whole story, I would expect the same to be true for men – than men would be attracted to taller women – but men are attracted to women of average height or even shorter.’

There is no shortage of surveys telling us how the tall, athletic male makes a better lover, earns more and rises up the social ladder faster.

It is not all in favor of the taller man!

But shorter men do have advantages. They tend to be funnier, as, since their teenage years, they will have been trying to distract girls from their height.

On the other hand, tall men can be clumsy. They have to crouch to get through doorways and they never fit on your sofa. See our article on the “32 absolute worst things about being tall”

After reading our article, would you like a taller man in your life?

So after reading this would you like to date a taller man?  Well, that’s the reason why we set up tallsingles.co.uk, a dating site for the taller person.  Why not give it a go?

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