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Congrats, Short Guys, You Finally Have a Huge Advantage over Everyone Else

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Good news, short men! You might have the deck stacked against you romantically (and also have trouble reaching things on high shelves), but on the bright side, you’re going to live basically forever — at least, according to new research from the University of Hawaii.

That’s because there’s now evidence that same gene that leads to “smaller body size” during early development — “shortness,” as we call it — also leads to longevity. And the shorter you are, researchers suggest, the longer you’ll live. In the Hawaii study, guys under 5’2″ made it the longest, but as researcher Bradley Willcox tells the Daily Mail, the “range was seen all the way across from being 5-foot tall to 6-foot tall. The taller you got, the shorter you lived.”

So tall guys, enjoy all your dates and promotions and presidential nominations. Short dudes will just be over there, getting their pants hemmed and being immortal. Pros and cons for everyone! But if you’re looking for a partner, it’s worth keeping in mind: a tall guy may have his advantages, but a short guy will always be there for you. Literally.