For many women — and some men — height is very important factor in choosing whom to date.
After all these years, eHarmony won’t let us specify the height range for our matches. eHarmony US and eHarmony Canada’s Help areas used to explain why, but they took it out. (Anybody wanna guess why?) Here is the official answer, found in eHarmony Australia’s Help area:
We don’t consider height in our matching criteria for one simple reason: it hasn’t been shown to impact long-term relationship success and happiness. We want you to be “introduced” to every eHarmony user who matches you in the areas that are important to having a great relationship.
If you decide you don’t like certain matches and want to close them, that’s fine. However, broad-based compatibility between two people is rare, and if you share that kind of connection with another person, we want you to meet him or her.
The biggest problem with height requirements is that they restrict your matching. If you’re a woman, for example, you may choose to avoid men who are shorter than 5’9″. But that restriction on matching could keep you from meeting an amazing man who would make the perfect long term partner and happens to be 5’8″. Again, we want to bring you all the compatible candidates we possibly can and let you apply your own additional personal preferences.
Our hope is that you’ll consider each match from the inside out, withholding judgment on physical attributes until you’ve gotten to know the person. We know that can be tough, but considering the importance of the decision being made, we hope you’ll give it your very best effort.
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Related articles in eHarmony Blog
- Eharmony.com only matches women with taller men, 26 April 2004
- NOSSA demands eHarmony boycott: E-Harmony discriminates against short men, 3 April 2007
- Poll 26: What height won’t you date?, 1 November 2008