A short response to a tall issue

I’m currently around 6 feet 2 inches barefoot, 180-ish pounds, and am taller than most people I come across.

With that being said, you may be wondering if I’m self-conscious about my height.

Well, the answer is a little more complicated than you might expect.

Growing up, I went to a high school at which the average student height was around 6 foot even. That’s more than the average U.S. male height, which is approximately 5 feet 9 inches.

But Patrick, I thought the average American male height was 5 feet 10 inches? You’ve totally got your facts mixed up.

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was conducted from 2007 to 2010, the average height for a U.S. adult male is 69.1 inches tall – 5 foot 9 inches, give or take the 4 extra centimeters. That’s one inch shorter than what every doctor I’ve ever visited has said the average male height was!

Why is this important, though?

The answer is simple – almost every single person who claims to be my height is often 1-2 inches shorter than I am.

But why is this the case?

Personally, I think it’s better to answer this question with a contrasting question, rather than a statement.

Have you ever thought of telling people the truth about your height? 

Even if you’re short, wouldn’t you like your possible soon-to-be special-someone to know you are not self-conscious about your body image?

Pretty much everyone I meet seems to add their shoes onto their total height. And let’s be truthful – you probably do it, too.

Nowadays, people are more obsessed about their height than ever before. But there’s a reason for this phenomenon.

Let’s take a step back for a moment.

All people want to be recognized. It’s the human condition. But if someone is in a class of 25, there is only about a 4% chance they’ll be the best student in the class.

As you might be able to tell, judging by this brief example, everyone strives to be noticed, or stand above their peers. And height – above all else – is what people believe differentiates them from everyone.

The same goes for dating.

Let’s say a guy is trying to impress a girl. What’s the first thing that he mentions to her?

His height, of course!

Whether you’re 5 foot 4 inches or 7 feet tall, many people feel insecure about their height. – and insecurity is what drives people to wear 6-inch boots or heels.

From what I’ve observed on campus, there is often only a 5-inch difference between the two partners. And take into account that the average American woman is 5 feet 4 inches, only 5 inches shorter than the average man.

If you do the math, the average couple’s heights, from what I’ve seen, are not too different from one another, although, that’s definitely not the case with every relationship.

With all that being said, am I self-conscious about my height?

To be quite honest with you – yes and no.

I don’t obsess over height, but I get very uneasy when I’m the tallest person in the room. And that happens quite a lot more often than you would expect.

Height is something that is both a gift and a curse. It can either help people gain popularity or become the subject of vicious bullying.

Even though I occasionally feel uncomfortable about my so-called “gift,” I still have a burning desire not to let it get in my way. 

Height doesn’t define who you are – it’s your mindset that does.

And by the way, I play mini-golf, not basketball.

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