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"Another time I found out that I wasn't someone's type because I was too short," he says.He says that hearing that he's not the right height for women—particularly when he feels they've hit it off—makes him feel "slightly confused." "Especially given that it is over something I have no control over, since I can't alter my height," says Kunal. Salonee Gadgil, co-host of dating podcast The Swipe Hype, doesn't necessarily think it's a bad thing to swipe left on someone because of a physical attribute. But, author and "dating coach" James Preece says dating apps encourage us to be "incredibly picky" and to rule out individuals based on arbitrary qualities.
Perhaps we could all do with budging an inch or two on this point.
In the economy of heterosexual online dating, where thumbs wield the ultimate power over a person's love life, height appears to be an immensely valuable currency.
The listing of height in dating app profiles has become so prevalent, that many swipers come to expect it, and sometimes hypothesise when it's been omitted from the profile.
So, why am I—and countless others—so attracted to height in prospective matches? "I don’t particularly like long hair, and don’t find men with long hair attractive, so I would swipe left. "Tall men know that their height is a big selling point, so they'll mention it to attract women," says Preece.
"Shorter men will either avoid listing it at all if the app or site allows it." Some even add on a "few bonus inches," says Preece; something he says will only lead to disappointment. Voyer—a psychology and behavioural science professor at London School of Economics — says the allure of height boils down to evolution.