Look at my driver’s license—I’m 6 feet tall. Check out my online dating profiles—I’m 6 feet tall.
In reality, I’m a hair above 5’11 inches. OK, it's a little harmless fib, but at least I admit it.
Women lie frequently about the size of their breasts, and their dress size. In fact 60% of women in a recent study ADMITTED to boosting their bust size even to their most intimate confident—their spouse of partner, and 77 per cent of women wish they were a dress size smaller.
Men lie frequently about their height, and the size of their penis. Society has assigned sexual virility and prowess to the size of a woman’s breast, and a man’s penis. And masculinity to the height of a man, and the demure nature of a women.
Americans spend countless millions on augmentation surgeries and potions to boost the size of their breasts and the length and girth of their penises. But there’s little to do if you’re a guy and you were delivered the short-end of the genetic stick when it comes to height.
While the average height of a male is only 5’6” globally (5’10” in the United States), I suspect that most American males wish they were at least 6 feet tall.
We recently polled 141 men aged 18-28 and found that 25% claimed to be over 6 feet tall. 25% claimed to be between 5’10” and 5’11” and 25% say they rise to be 5’7” or 5’8.” That leaves a whopping percentage of 25% who claim they are EXACTLY 6’0.” It is a curious statistic—that so many men report to be EXACTLY 6’0.” I suspect many if not most, are hedging the yardstick a bit.
To be 6’0” is perhaps the most respectable and most desirable height for a man. It means you’re not too tall, and not too short—you meet an acceptable criteria. At 6’0” you can grab things off the top shelf in the kitchen, but still be at a huggable height for both tall and short people. You can easily fit into most cars, airplanes, and amusement park rides, and most off-the-rack clothes will fit you without custom tailoring.
It’s still OK if you’re 6’1” or 6’2.” In fact, most guys of that stature are considered “tall and sexy,” but still huggable and spoonable in bed. But more than that—you’re the Jolly Green Giant and perceived as a bit awkward. Two of my best friends are 6’7” and 6’8”—both need to buy custom shoes and pants, and watch their heads going through doors and entering aircraft. I also have several friends who are 5’7” and 5’8”—most consider themselves “short” and see it as a failing in the masculinity department.
But 6 feet tall, that seems just about right.
I think I’ll continue to lie about that last inch.