This difference is significant at 1% using a t-test.
By comparing these two groups, I am assuming that there is no systematic difference between the men of CMB and the general US population of the same age.
This past August, I posted a piece entitled "25 Differences Between Dating as a Teenager vs.
Dating Over 50." It explored what men said, thought, and worried about way back in their teens compared to now in middle age.
When Ok Cupid did a similar analysis, they found that their users exaggerated by a full two inches!
Kudos to the men of CMB for being more honest than their counterparts on Ok Cupid. Evidently, they also think that height is an attractive quality to their desired partners.
Let’s look at a few hypothetical women of particular heights and compare how they like men of different heights.
Women definitely like taller men, but dislike men shorter than themselves even more: notice the sharp change at the point where she is the same height as her Bagel.
You can see that each guy’s preference peaks at his own height; he doesn’t mind too much if she’s shorter, but his interest plummets if she is taller than him.
Straight women, then, also seem justified in exaggerating their height.
If she is shorter than he is, an inch of height increases his odds of liking her by 2%; however, if she is taller than him, an extra inch decreases the odds of him liking her by 10%.
On the other hand, dating a short guy has its advantages, too: you don’t have to strain your neck to kiss him!
For whatever reason, the myth that “tall is better” is still widespread.
This might not be true if, for example, CMB had a disproportionate number of lumberjacks: But another reason for the observed discrepancy is that guys are stretching the truth when they give their height.