12/10/2013 08:50 am ET

Why Can't We All Get Over Our Bias Against Short Guys Already?

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For all my very firm beliefs that dating in NYC is harder for women, here's a stat that will make you cringe for men, or at least some of them: In Manhattan, a guy who is under 5'9" has only a 1.2 percent chance of getting contacted after being viewed, according to dating site AYI.com. One point two! That's even worse than the 2.9 percent chance that a "curvy" girl will get liked, which made me mentally barf a few weeks ago.

Why so harsh to the not-so-vertically-inclined, New York ladies? And likely, ladies all over the country, although shorter guys do have much better odds in New Jersey, where they have a 7.6 percent of being contacted. Being totally guilty of writing off guys of a certain height myself, even while knowing it's pretty stupid, I thought we should address the reasons we're biased against short guys, and debunk the reasoning behind them.

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