Short men and dating
Some researchers have found that shorter stature is associated with longer life. While we lack hard evidence, so to speak, we can get some indication from two studies on this subject (which goes to show that everything has been studied).
Taller people are more likely to die of cancer (each 1 cm in height increases relative risk by about 0.7%), perhaps because they have more cells and hence a greater risk of DNA mistranscription when cells divide. A study of 5,200 Americans found that very short men (less than 160 cm) were three times more likely to report a small penis than men taller than 193 cm.
Height integrates lifetime exposures to deprivation, illness and injuries, and is an “honest advertisement” of the body’s ability to withstand them.
Most height-related differences are modest, and although we can make light of it, short stature can be a source of serious psychological concern.
A study of 7,735 middle-class British men born between 19 found a 3 cm height gap between manual and non-manual workers.
It will take 20 years before manual workers will be as tall as non-manual workers are now.
Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy (165 cm) wears 6 cm platform shoes and insists on standing on “Sarkozy boxes” behind lecterns.
However, short men can take heart from Mugsy Bogues, the shortest player ever to play in the NBA, who at 160 cm was 71 cm shorter than the tallest, Manute Bol, but managed to keep up pretty well.
Social class gradients in height are a consistent finding in the literature, although we are coming closer together.
Although participants didn’t consciously notice the height difference, more of them reported feeling less capable, less likeable, more insecure and inferior when they were virtually dwarfed.