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Give an inch, take a year’s salary

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A recent analysis of online dating sites set out to scientifically determine which attributes were the most successful in terms of generating responses from the opposite sex, beyond attractiveness.

From the Boston Globe: “Men’s height was the most important feature to women. In fact, the researchers were able to put the value of height into numbers. By comparing height to salary, they found a man who is 5 feet 9 inches tall needs to make between $35,000 and $40,000 more per year to get as many responses as a man who is 5 feet 10 inches tall.”

The average man in the USA stands 5-foot-9. Therefore, it would take another inch or $40,000 for a woman to see him as an above average catch.

For a woman to respond to this average man’s dating ad, it’s worth nearly his entire annual salary, less if he’s a federal employee.

In the eyes of the female online dater (at $40K an inch), an unemployed 6-footer is exceptionally more appealing than an average man of height and wage. On this scale, a tall man with money would be deemed incomprehensibly attractive, which explains Wilt Chamberlain and everything he was talking about.


Just this week, a Princeton researcher published findings findings that suggest “$75,000 is a threshold beyond which further increases in income no longer improve individuals’ ability to do what matters most to their emotional well-being.”

Translation: If you make $50K, you’re not as content as you’d be if you made $25K more. Make $125K and you’re not enjoying life anymore than if you made $50K less, so he says.

Taking these theories to heart and going by the numbers …

If a 5-foot 9-inch man makes $75K, he’s in great spirits but lonelier than a similar man an inch taller, who makes $35K.

Make an average salary at 5-foot-10 and one would call that perfection, however you’re still relying on a dating site to meet women.

Likely the best shape would be a man standing 5′ 11″ and losing $5K a year. He may not even be slightly happy but women will never leave him alone.

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