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Why to Date a Short Guy

Why You Should Date a Short Guy

Is dating someone taller an absolute must for you? YourTango has compiled some perks that come with dating a shorter guy.

They live longer, turn you into a model, and more reasons you need to give shorties a chance.

Many women scoff at the idea of dating shorter men — and a recent poll claims it's actually the vast majority of women. According to a survey by High and Mighty, 70 percent of women say a man under six feet wouldn't stand a chance with them. Ouch!

For starters, society has taught us that men are "supposed" to be taller than women, but let's be honest: if we go by that archaic rationale, then I should be in the kitchen, cooking up a pot roast for my boyfriend. Then, of course, there's the equally antiquated idea that men who are vertically challenged are somehow less masculine. Bollocks!

After we surveyed mental health experts earlier this year about what qualities matter or don't matter to clients looking for lifelong partners, we discovered that shorter men are actually husband material.

So let's strip you of everything you've ever thought about dating a short guy and set the record straight. Right. Now.

1. Short Guys Are Chock-Full of Confidence
In a world where short guys are often overlooked simply because of their height, they manage to make up for it in confidence. While some may be deemed cocky, in the same vein a woman is considered a "bitch" simply because she knows what she wants, short guys are brewing with security.

In fact, "Napoleon complex" is actually code for ridiculously ambitious. As we know now, Napoleon wasn't exactly as short as we thought. (His height was listed incorrectly after his death!) Napoleon was actually average height for the time. Those on the shorter side sometimes feel like they have something to prove, and with that being the case, they totally kill it when it comes to professional success.

2. You're Suddenly a Supermodel!
Look at all the models in the world. What do the majority of them have in common? Usually they're taller than the men they date, because, well, that's just the height card they were handed. You may never have Gisele Bündchen's perfect genes, but being a few inches taller than your partner is one step closer to at least kind of, sort of, almost fulfilling those "I'm a model!" dreams.

3. Shorter Dudes Live Longer
It's science! Dudes that are on the shorter end of the height spectrum live, on average, two years longer than taller men.

4. You're Looking at More Fish in the Sea
Breaking news! The average height for men is five feet, nine inches and not six feet. Once you drop that absurd height requirement, you'll double, and maybe even triple, your chances for love.

For three more reasons, head to YourTango: Don't Get Hung Up on Height! Seven Reasons to Date a Short Guy

— Amanda Chatel

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