Another said she’d have considered th Lest you think this is an example of reality TV finding evidence to support a story, Tom tried his own experiment last week. You don’t really need to feel “protected” from the dangers of suburbia.

Sure enough, few women give a fair shake to a man who is 5’3”, no matter what else he has going for him. So I tried changing my profile for three days just to see what the difference was between being 5’3″ and 5’10”. And no amount of complaining is going to change it. And why, in God’s name, is it important to stand on your tiptoes to kiss a guy? Is there any legitimate reason not to go out with this amazing, amazing man?

[Read: 10 ways to be manlier but not aggressive] #3 Know when to keep mum.

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I wanted to know if height was the only difference and the constant deal breaker.

So I moved my profile from Pittsburgh and posted it for 3 days in a town where nobody knew me (Philadelphia).

To see if the women would go for short guys who were successful, ABCNEWS’ Lynn Sherr created extraordinary résumés for the shorter men. Sherr asked whether there’d be anything she could say that would make the shortest of the men, who was 5 feet, irresistible. And although you can feel free to substitute “older women”, “older men”, “heavier women”, or “Asian men”, I honestly feel that nobody gets a rawer deal than short guys.

She told the women that the shorter men included a doctor, a best-selling author, a champion skier, a venture capitalist who’d made millions by the age of 25. One of the women replied, “Maybe the only thing you could say is that the other four are murderers.” Another backed her up, saying that had the taller men had a criminal record she might have been swayed to choose a shorter man. Honestly, ladies…You can get your own dishes from the top shelf.

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t air your opinion from time to time. Some young men do try to dominate the conversation, but such a forceful and uninformed manner is unlikely to impress the independent and savvy older woman.

If you want to impress her, attempt conversation as a confident peer, but avoid commenting on subjects you know next to nothing about.

This phenomenon has an almost ubiquitous presence in modern media, and, despite the whole issue of chickens and eggs and which came first, the same phenomenon seems to have spilled out onto the streets of reality.

So much so that it’s not only acceptable for a younger guy to date an older woman now; it’s actually quite desirable. It doesn’t come solely down to popular media as to why this particular human pairing occurs so commonly.

You’re a young guy, and that’s a major part of the attraction for older women.