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.

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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.

We’d met on Twitter, so all I’d had to go by was a 5mm square picture of what I have come to know as his “nonplussed face”.

There was no opportunity to specify a preferred size, as you might do on or My Single Friend or John Lewis, when you’re ordering duvets.

I’d amassed a collection of subconscious prejudices connected with height. Would he be less confident, less at ease with himself and less successful than a man who stood up at six foot?

Looking back, I think my problems were mainly to do with my own insecurities.

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.It took me a long time to feel feminine on my own terms, but being on the arm of a tall man did the trick. It took me less than half a martini to change my mind.It hasn't been a good week for gentlemen of small stature.New research has shown that being short can increase feelings of inferiority and incompetence.Other findings show that shorter people earn less, and perhaps most significantly, it is thought that tall men have an easier time of it when they’re looking for love.Sadly, I’m overwhelmed with anecdotal proof confirming the results of the last study.