Mr Average is the new Mr Right: Ideal man is dependable, domesticated… and under 6ft

Mr Average is the new Mr Right: Ideal man is dependable, domesticated… and under 6ft

5:02 PM on 4th October 2011

Ideal man Steve Carell plays the kind of boyfriend all women are really searching for in the romcom

Ideal man Steve Carell (right, with Ryan Gosling) plays the kind of boyfriend all women are really searching for in Crazy Stupid Love

So long Mr Perfect: Romcoms like Crazy Stupid Love paint an unrealistic portrait of our ideal man

So long Mr Perfect Romcoms like Crazy Stupid Love paint an unrealistic portrait of our ideal man

We crave dependability, domesticity, a little romance, humour and someone not that much taller than we are

Ideal: We crave dependability, domesticity, a little romance, humour and someone not that much taller than we are

Outdated image: Women crave dependability, domesticity, a little romance, humour and someone who is not that much taller than we are - rather than the mysterious men who appear in Mills & Boon novels Outdated image: Women crave dependability, domesticity, a little romance, humour and someone who is not that much taller than we are - rather than the mysterious men who appear in Mills & Boon novels

Outdated image: Women crave dependability, domesticity, a little romance, humour and someone who is not that much taller than we are – rather than the mysterious men who appear in Mills & Boon novels

THE IDEAL MAN