Interestingly, there could be a correlation between your love life and height. According to a 2015 study out of Chapman University, scientists have revealed that there is indeed a relationship between a person’s height, body mass, and the number of sex partners they’ve had.
The researchers in the study found that men and women who were very short had fewer sex partners than those of average height; in addition, underweight men and women reported a lower than average amount of sexual partners, after the researchers studied the sex habits of more than 60,000 heterosexual men and women. Furthermore, the study showed that men deemed of average height (5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10) to extremely tall height had between one and three more sexual partners than shorter than average men.
Study author David Frederick, Ph.D., suggests that this preference may in fact be an evolutionary response. An article in Psychology Today notes that from an evolutionary standpoint, the argument follows that a taller man will be stronger, in good health, and better able to ward off any physical threats to his family.
It’s the association that women continue to make that lead them to believe that taller equals stronger, faster, and smarter, and taller stature may make women subconsciously think these men have superior qualities. The tall man equals power equation may be what the Psychology Today piece refers to as the “male-female power differential,” which may suggest that we’re all conditioned by media images to prefer men and women with a certain type of appearance.
“Research has repeatedly shown that women prefer men who are relatively taller than they are. It is possible that for most women there is a certain minimum threshold of height, after which they will consider a male as a potential sex partner, and thus men above that height will end up with similar numbers of sex partners,” said Dr. David Frederick, assistant professor in psychology at Chapman University, to The Independent.
In reference to weight, underweight men and women had fewer overall sexual partners than average, and men who were considered in the middle of their body mass indexes (BMI) as well as men who were technically overweight were found to have the most sexual partners. Frederick noted that being “overweight” in reference to your BMI is much different than being generally classified as such, and is not the same as our societal perceptions of being overweight. He added, “Men who appear somewhat larger, more powerful, or more athletic generally report more sexual experiences than other men.”
That said, everything is relative to individual preferences. Luckily, height doesn’t trump other favorable traits, according to Frederick. “Men and women both report that their top quality in a long-term partner is someone who is genuinely kind and understanding,” he said to Men’s Health. Those traits can be appreciated in all facets of life, not just in the bedroom.