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There are plenty of advantages to being tall but there are some drawbacks as well. Here we are going to not only discuss the benefits but some of the potential negatives as well.
Most of these are subjective in nature mind, so it really depends on the individual (and you also have a lot of conflicting studies). However, let's get to it.
Advantages of Being Tall
There are plenty of advantages of being tall, here are some and although some of the claims are backed by studies, it's clear that some are from a practical sense too. However, remember a lot of it simply applies to the individual.
1. You're Easier to Spot in a Crowd
This is probably the most practical advantage of being tall. If you're trying to find someone in a large group, chances are you'll spot the tall person before you see anyone else.
2. People Take You More Seriously
Whether we like it or not, height does tend to correlate with confidence and people tend to respond well to that. If you're taller than average, people will likely perceive you as being more confident and thus take you more seriously.
3. You Can Reach Things Easily
Another practical advantage, if you're tall you can easily reach things that are out of reach for shorter people. This comes in handy both at home and in the workplace.
4. You're More Visible in Traffic
Again, this is a practical advantage that can actually keep you safe. If you're driving or riding a motorcycle, being tall means you're more visible to other motorists and less likely to get into an accident.
5. You Earn More Money
This is something that's been backed up by studies, so it's not just anecdotal evidence. A study done in Britain found that every inch of height above average corresponds to an extra £789 earned per year.
6. You Have a Healthier Heart
Yes, being tall has its health benefits too! A study of over 1 million people found that those who were taller had a lower risk of heart disease.
7. You're Less Likely to Suffer from Dementia
Again, this is something that's backed up by studies. One study found that taller people are 30% less likely to develop dementia and another found that for every 2.5 inches of height, the risk of dementia decreases by 16%.
8. You May Live Longer
This one isn't as definitive as the others but there is some evidence to suggest that being tall can help you live longer. One study found that men who were 6'2" or taller had a life expectancy of almost seven years longer than those who were 5'6" or shorter.
9. You're More Attractive to the Opposite Sex
This one is obviously subjective but there is some science to back it up. Studies have found that both men and women rate taller people as being more attractive.
10. You're More Likely to Be Successful
Again, this one is subjective but there does seem to be a correlation between height and success. A study of CEOs found that they are on average 3 inches taller than the general population.
11. You're Less Likely to Suffer from Depression
There is some evidence to suggest that taller people are less likely to suffer from depression. One study found that for every 2.5 inches of height, the risk of depression decreases by 20%.
12. People Are More Willing to Help You
A study found that people are more likely to help taller people than shorter people. In the study, participants were asked to help a person who was either tall or short with a task. The results showed that the tall person was more likely to get help than the short person.
13. You Look More Authoritative
This is another advantage that is subjective but there is some science to back it up. Studies have found that taller people are perceived as being more authoritative.
14. You're More Likely to Be Hired
This one is similar to the previous advantage in that it's subjective but there is some science to back it up. Studies have found that taller people are more likely to be hired for jobs.
15. You're More Confident
This is one of the most important advantages of being tall. Studies have found that taller people are more confident. This confidence can lead to success in all areas of life, from personal relationships to careers.
Being tall has a lot of advantages that can lead to success in all areas of life. If you're taller than average, people will likely perceive you as being more confident and thus take you more seriously.
You can reach things easily and are more visible in traffic. You may also live longer and be less likely to suffer from depression. Studies have also found that taller people are more attractive to the opposite sex and are more likely to be hired for jobs. So if you're tall, make the most of it!
What are the Drawbacks of Being Tall?
There might be a lot of advantages to being tall, but there are also some drawbacks. Here are some of the disadvantages of being tall:
1. You're More Likely to Suffer from Back Pain
This is one of the most common problems for tall people. The spine has to support the extra weight of the body and this can lead to back pain.
2. You're More Likely to Suffer from Joint Pain
Tall people are also more likely to suffer from joint pain. This is because the joints have to support the extra weight of the body.
3. You're More Likely to Be Injured in an Accident
This is because taller people are more likely to be involved in accidents. Studies have found that taller people are more likely to be injured in car accidents, for example.
4. You're More Likely to Suffer from Digestive Problems
Tall people are more likely to suffer from digestive problems. This is because the intestines have to support the extra weight of the body.
5. You're More Likely to Suffer from Headaches
This is another common problem for tall people. The extra weight of the body can put pressure on the head and lead to headaches.
6. You May Have Trouble Finding Clothes that Fit
This is a common problem for tall people, especially women. It can be difficult to find clothes that fit well when you're tall.
7. You May Feel Awkward in Social Situations
This is because tall people often feel out of place in social situations. This is especially true for tall women who may feel like they tower over everyone else.
8. You May Have Trouble Finding a Date
This is because many people prefer to date someone who is the same height or shorter than they are. Again, this is especially true for tall women.
9. You May Feel Self-Conscious About Your Height
Many tall people feel self-conscious about their height. This is because they often feel like they stand out from the crowd.
10. You May Be Teased about Your Height
This is especially true for tall children who may be teased by their classmates.
11. You May Be Treated Differently Because of Your Height
Many tall people feel like they're treated differently because of their height. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the person.
12. You May Have Trouble Fitting into Small Spaces
This is a common problem for tall people. It can be difficult to fit into small spaces, such as cars and airplane seats.
13. You May Feel Awkward in Photos
This is because tall people often look out of proportion in photos. Again, this is entirely subjective in nature and the same argument could be made for anyone.
14. You May Feel Like You Stick Out Too Much
This is because tall people often feel like they're the center of attention. Likewise, it is not something that is unique to people who class themselves as tall and in fact could well be turned into a benefit.
15. You May Get Tired More Easily
This is because the extra weight of the body can make it more difficult to move around. Obviously, this can be compensated for with regular exercise.
So, those are some of the advantages and disadvantages of being tall. What do you think? Are there any other advantages or disadvantages that we didn't mention? Let us know in the comments!
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