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|12-12-2011, 03:47 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2011
If you could change your height, would you?
Some of us want to change our height, som taller and some others shorter (I'm guessing the latter mostly). I'm not quite sure, myself. Have I had the desire to? Yes, but is it for a good reason, or is it just from a fundamental insecurity, something that it would only be a bandaid to cover? I guess I'm around 180 cm, probably not less than 5 10'. From wikipedia I guess I'm around average, or average-minus. Funny thing is, lately it seems that most people, at least men, are taller than me. It seems like men are about my height or taller. I even see quite a few women who are taller than me (I don't care to see if they're wearing heels, though). For some reason I have been focusing a lot on it lately, so maybe that is why I'm seeing so many people that are taller than me. Though it seems pretty much self-activated: I can hardly remember anyone calling me short before. It certainly hasn't been a running joke anywhere, aimed at me.
It seems to be more desirable for a man to be on the taller side (i.e. people look upon you more favorably, not just that women like you more). Myself, I've always found it weird when a woman is with a shorter guy. I don't really find the thought of hooking up with a taller woman desirable (and supposedly vice versa, or even from what I've heard it might be even more pronounced for women). In general, it seems to be favorable for any person to be tall, as far as perception of their health and virility goes.
I've never really cared about my height, even though when I grew up my mother would for some reason always compare me and my friends stature by standing us up against each other. She commented half a year ago about one of my cousins: "... but you're taller than him", and I was like "Why does that matter at all?" and all she said was something about being able to more easily see above a crowd of people... ok.
Is being tall such an asset? I guess if you bring up physical prowess, it has been my experience that it is harder to sparr (box) against taller guys, since they have longer arms. So for survivability (I know a lot of you guys like that evo-psych), I guess it has some perks. As far as my body-type, I am an mesomorph (judging by that I have a bit of muscle on my frame naturally, and I can gain fat if I don't at least watch my diet a bit as opposed to some 'ectomorphs'...).
So would I change my height if I could? I don't know yet. All I know is that I'm too immature yet to make such a decision (well if it would be reversible, I guess go for it...). Do I need it to attract women? Well, I should approach women more before I start worrying about stuff like that, so that's out the window for now. Would it make me more attractive? It sure seems that way. But would it 'fit' me? Would I be comfortable with it? Maybe I actually look better with my stature. They say the grass is always greener on the other side. But it doesn't seem to be the perceptoin of taller people, though.
What I conclude with is that I should find out why I obsess so much over my stature. Maybe it turns out to be mostly in my head.
What about you?
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