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After all, everyone is the same height when they’re on a bar stool, and I’d not met many other men, tall or short, in whom I found a mutual unfettered enthusiasm for The Simpsons, crunchy peanut butter and the Ludacris song Area Codes.

And after many more meetings, when we both felt confident enough about our future to discuss our respective pasts, we compared notes on dating.

As a tall girl (5’8), I was quite surprised to learn how having high standards was directly correlated to only dating taller guys.

I have been on a few dates with a guy who is 2 inches shorter than me and that made me realize that this obsession over someone’s height is quite ridiculous. You will look taller Most women dream of looking taller than they really are and when you’re dating a short guy, that’s possible without any extra effort from your end!

‘If you’re below 5’9, don’t bother swiping right’, stated a woman’s profile on Tinder.

I was quite surprised to see how so many women have these strict restrictions on who they’re willing to date or not based on something as superficial as a guy’s height.

I’ve lost count of the number of female friends who have stroppily flung their phones down on pub tables, wailing “I hate online dating, I hate it! ” when, after a little probing, it becomes clear that the "someone" they’re searching for needs to be 5”10, minimum.

Theme parks have less stringent height requirements than some of the single women I know. When I went on my very first date with the man who is now my boyfriend, I remember being a little taken aback by the fact that, in my modest two and a half inch heels, I could see clearly over the top of his head.

I’m no giant, at 5”7, but I’ve been that height since I was 12, and when the other girls around me seemed delicate and petite, I always felt a bit ungainly.