Everyone that has answered so far has dodged the actual question
btw I am 5'11 which is not classified as short, I don't know why everyone assumes just because I decide to ask a random question about short guys in the dating game; means its about me or I am short or have an attitude problem.
personality can make up for height. I have a friend who's five foot and dated a six foot tall girl because he is actually amazing in every way other than height. I'm not saying that short guys have to be amazing like him but height isn't the only factor when you look for someone to date.
Well, being moderately tall myself, I can't say I know what short men go through. Based off of my own observations, however, there are ways one can maximize their dating prospects.
Short stature is a disadvantage, but it certainly doesn't put one out of the game. Preferences don't mean standards. Most girls do generally prefer taller guys, but a good chunk of them wouldn't mind dating a guy who wasn't tall. Also, there is the occasional anomaly who would actually prefer a guy closer to her height. Don't make it obvious that your height bothers you. The only thing that would accomplish is turning off those girls who truly wouldn't mind.