Why is Height Such a Big Deal?

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Some people have an obsession with their height. During my student years I lived with a lot of different people, a couple of these people were just couldn't take their height off their minds. Their life revolved around their height to the point that it was actually funny to watch them sometimes. See my post on Funny Things People with Height Issues do.
 
This led me to think why do we actually care so much about our height? Is it really a big deal, if so why?
I write these in the order of importance to the individual, with number 1 being the most important reason why height is a big deal. I talk from my own experience and from experiences of talking to other people.
 
Vanity
Let's not lie to ourselves. We want to look good and the better we look the better we feel about ourselves. On average men look in the mirror 41 times a day, women 71 times a day. This clearly shows were care about the way we look, because quite frankly there is no need to look in the mirror more than a few times a day. Humans are the most self-conscious animal on the planet, you could say we are obsessed with our appearance. Height is a huge part of the way we look, whilst it does not change on a day to day basis like our hair, it's still something we care about... a lot. 
 
Authority
It's been proven in research that being tall gives people more authority, especially in the work place. People are more likely to be persuaded by your views or instructions if you are taller. It's probably down to the fact that shorter people appear more vulnerable and open to persuasion. Also personally I think being taller gives you more confidence which will relay into making you look more authoritative.
 
Attractiveness to the opposite sex
Generally, taller people look more attractive, unless they are much taller than average. We all know this, and therefore we think that if we are taller than we are more likely to 'score'. I think we all know why women wear high heels, and in situations where people are trying to 'score' such as night clubs and bars these heels seem to get even higher, hmmm.
 
Career prospects
It's true, evidence shows that taller people have higher incomes. Apparantly someone 6 foot all would earn 1.5% more than someone 5 foot 10. So literally 2 inches means someone on average income could earn around $700 per year more. That's an extra $35,000.00 over a life time!
 
Better at some sports
I loved basketball, and I was good. But once I hit a certain level I couldn't compete with other people in the club. I was the smallest in the club and the next smallest was at least 5 inches taller than me.  
 
A better view from up here!
Ever had a tall guy blocking your view? At the cinema, at a sports match, watching the match in a bar... these are all situations when it really gets to me when I can't see whats going on because some tall fool is sat or stood in front of me. Picture your face when your sat in the cinema and some tall guy is walking down the aisle of seats in front of you. Your desperately thinking "do not even think about sitting in front of me!". We have all been there. Also if your in a busy shopping mall and your looking for your mate, you have no chance if your small.
 
Walking faster
A short woman at work is always going on about the can walk so fast for her height. Short legs = shorter strides = more effort to walk faster. Usain Bolt doesn't have short legs now does he?
 
So yeah, height is a big deal to just about everyone, and with good reason. Despite that, i'm sure there are people who would say being too tall sucks.

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Ardak's picture
I'm 19 year old male and only stand about 5'6, and yes I know there are ppl shorter than me but I feel so down buecase I know most girls prefer taller guys, I've gotton so desperate to get taller that I even stuck things in my shoes in an effort to appear a taller, but it hurts my feet and damaged one of my ankles, but i stll do it! Whenever I walk past and see tall guys with all the girls, I get so ashamed and just want to cover my face, I always compare myself to other ppl in public, I measure myself every morning hoping that i just had a growth spurt or something, I don't feel like a man but feel like a child, cos if my height, I drink about 6 glasses of milk a day, I have read 100 s of questions on how girls prefer taller guys and some of there reasons and things they say like I wouldn't even consider a shorter guy upsets me cos I know I can't change it or have control over it, I also search on google for miracle height growth formulas and excerise's but I don't think they work, plz help me, and plz dont tell me to just date shorter girls cos I don't want to be just restricted to shorter girls due to my height, I don't care of they were tall either
Royce is 5'9's picture
Just go and do your thing, once you get past that, it's fine. I used to think about my height a lot. Taller dudes don't think about the height as much, so the problem is in your mind only. If you have a good eye contact and smile, it's ok. Trust me. I'm 5.9 and my gf is of the same height, maybe a half inch taller. And trust me, we joke about it a lot. So, have some humour but don't make a clown of yourself. Just be yourself and enjoy life. Then you'll get anywhere. Plus if you got money, height is no object. But you don't probably want a girl like that anyway.
mrveesworld's picture
My man, I feel for you. Girls like tall guys true. But they really love confident men more. Work on that. Build your self value and self esteem. Talk to more women if not only casually. Your height may be a hindrance for you because you dwell on it. Forget it. Try building confidence through self acknowledgement.
bardia's picture
My height is about 6ft 1 inch and I'm'm just 15 is it good height for my age? I really like to get taller than this, to about 6ft 5 inch to 6ft 6 inch. Can anyone help me to get taller bacous im shortest person in my basketball team and this make me crazy I want to play as forward not as point guard

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