If you’re looking for a man who’s tall, dark, and handsome, you might want to shift your gaze down a foot. It turns out, short guys may make better partners—and if you marry one, your relationship is more likely to last, according to New York University research.
For the study, two NYU sociologists examined data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics—which has been collecting info on 5,000 families for almost 50 years—to determine how a man’s height impacts his relationships.
They found that shorter men (about 5’7″ or shorter) were less likely to marry than their more vertical counterparts, but they were 32 percent less likely to divorce.
Why? Researchers aren’t exactly sure, but they believe that short men may just make better mates.
Case in point: The study found that they do a greater share of housework compared to tall and even average-height guys. The average short guy performs 8 hours and 28 minutes of housework a week—compared to just 7 hours 38 minutes for average-height guys, and 7 hours 30 minutes for tall men. As far as the researchers are concerned, the taller a guy is, the more he thinks he’s “above” those duties.
And contrary to the completely false short-guys-aren’t-powerful stigma, according to the study, short men are also more likely to bring home the bucks than the taller guys.
Plus, short guys have sex with their partners more often, per a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.