While the school and college years are typically defined by conformity and image consciousness, one’s adult years – say, one’s 20s and 30s – are intended to be periods of growth and individuation.At this point, it’s important to focus less on physical characteristics in order to pay more attention to who is going to be a good catch emotionally – and who will last over the long haul.

Interestingly, preferences that both sexes agreed on were dog-lovers who work out 1-2 times a week and listen to pop rock music.

Both genders also cited a nice smile as being the first thing to attract them to a potential partner.

And a quick swipe through any dating app would confirm this.

“Some may think that men are the shallower of the sexes, but the number of dating profiles I've seen with rigid height requirements from women torpedoes that assumption,” one single man, Lee Johnson, 32, told . Match analysed its members' dating preferences to paint a picture of what makes someone desirable in 2017, and the results are perplexing on many levels.

According to a new study by - which analysed the profiles of millions of members - women generally fancy short men.

This goes against everything anyone has ever said ever about what most women find attractive.

In my work with women, I’ve found that there are two basic reasons why most women won’t date a short man: Some women will feel nervous about being too big, telling themselves they’ll look smaller if they’re with a bigger guy; others simply want the knight in shining armor, and they need a man to live up to a fantasy image of masculinity and size, telling themselves that a bigger man is also automatically emotionally stronger, too.

Don’t let this kind of distorted thinking get in the way of meeting someone really great.

Decoded, this equation refers to the tough time many short men have trying to find a romantic partner because some women won’t date someone shorter than they are. If you push them, they will hedge a bit: “I don’t know why, I’m just not.” As a psychologist, it’s not my job or place to be mean-spirited or hurtfully blunt, but it is my job to tell it like it is in reality.