Top Ten Disadvantages of Being Tall

I am pretty tall myself, and sometimes it's good, but there are distinct drawbacks. Read on.

The Top Ten

1 Hitting Your Head On Things

I have a distinct crater on my forehead that was done by a sign I walked into. And one time I was about to catch a bus when I got clocked by the bus' wing mirror, that people of normal height were not in danger from, but it hit my face square on. Ouch.

This is true, I'm 6'7 at 14 and a freshman in high school and I hit my head on some doors, I deal with this every single day.

I've lost count of the times I almost cracked my head open by accidentally hitting it on things, particularly shelves.

Yes you are right for know what I have to do.

2 The Everyday World Being Out of Proportion

Having to bunch my legs to fit them between seats and under short tables, accidentally kicking people sitting next to me, hitting my head on low hanging branches; it's quite annoying sometimes.

Eat a lemon like you'd eat an orange, don't forget to peel it to

I'm the tallest person in my grade

I have been the tallest in my grade from 2nd-7th grade, then the tallest gir since 2nd grade standing at 6foot 1inch almost 2 inches tall, I seem to intimidate everyone... oh and its really fun with school desks beacause my legs are so long and thchair are tiny as well...

3 Hard to Fit In Small Cars

Yes, I do have this problem. It's because my legs are out of proportion to the rest of my body.

I know I always get the middle seat :/ I barely have leg room

4 Back Pain

Yeah. I’m tall and I also have scoliosis (crooked spine), so I often have back pain

I have constant back and neck pain, my desk at work is too low (which also doesn't help because my legs can't fit under it) but my boss insists I mustn't complain

You may think back pain is bad for anyone, but if you're tall, it's more common, there's more of it at one time, there's more spread, and it's harder to deal with.

Absolutely, I get this from tables being too low, from hunching so I can talk to people at eye level, I feel as though being tall motivates bad posture

5 The Pain of Picking Things Up

A shorter person need only put an arm down to pick something up. A taller person has to either squat stupidly or fold their spine like you're bending an iron bar to pick something up. It's why I rarely wear laces.

I have to squat down too or bend my knees. It's really annoying.

Yeah my butt shows

Yeah! I hate this

6 The Problem with Beds

My bed is the longest from head to foot that my family could find. And I still have to bunch up my legs or lie diagonally to fit comfortably. I think the manufacturers need to consider making them longer. It would do tall people, particularly tall insomniacs like me, a massive favour.

I don’t actually have back pain but people assume I do because I slouch to be closer to my friends hights.

7 Clothes Made Too Small

I have no problems with shirts; my torso is large but not huge. But with legs this long, my selections there are somewhat limited. And often expensive.

Yes; this is a world problem. We unfortunate victims may do with a strike or two...

I have to wear large t-shirts because of my height

It would make us show like a baby/small child

8 Small Rooms

I had a small bedroom when I was very young. It was fine as a toddler, but as I became taller, it became more cramped. That had to change by the time I was 5'8", four and a half years ago. I'm now 6'4".

Yeah I'm 6'6 and my ceiling is 6'5 and let's just say the bed barley fits in. My room let's just say it's a hard knock life

9 People Think You'll Be Good at Sports

I always tell my parents that I don't want to be involved in sports but they scold me for not taking advantage of what "god gave me"

Everyone is just like, oh, you probably play basketball, or volleyball, or some other sport. The problem is, I am not... Just because I am tall doesn't mean I can play sports, or even like sports.

A number of people see me and ask things like "bet you're good at basketball". Well, I'm not. And somehow that's alien to them. I don't know if all tall people get this, but I get it too much.

If shorter people win a fight against you they rub it in your face like a trophe or a big accomplishment. But if you win, oh "whatever they're bigger" Like what? We just have more body than you? I'm tall, you're fat, we're all big in our own ways...

Also I hate how bullies are always portraied as big dudes pickin' on smaller guys... its becoming a tall people discrimonating stereotype...

10 Being Told That You Are Tall

, you are so tall
How tall are you?
How many feet/meters are you?
Oh wow, I wish I could grow that tall
Do you play sports?
You are so tall

I get so annoyed by these comments...

I'm a 14 y/o girl that is 5'11" and everyone always tells me how tall I am, and I'm getting so sick of it.

People come up to me and say. I feel like a midget when in fact they are not. I also do not like people calling me Slenderman for being so tall. And the worst one is 'your so tall'. Like do they think that I have not noticed?

My classmate tells me I'm to tall it makes feel hurt sometimes

The Contenders

11 Having Bad Posture

SO RELATABLE, At school we have low ass tables (aka "average height") and when we have to do a paper to do, I have to hunchback to avoid straining my eyes looking down.

My posture is horrible. I always slouch

12 Can't Find a Shoe Size That Fits

"I'm scared if I grow up a little more bit longer...i might not get my shoe size! "

Cannot find a woman shoes in a normal shoes shop. I must go to some extra-size shoes shops to buy one.

To be honest I'm only a size 12 shoe size so I think my feet our small for my size

Exactly, this is happening to me

13 Shorter Life Span

That is scary and also reminds me of Robert Waldo.

Who said this? I don't believe u...


This applies to Robert Wadlow and other giants who passed at young age. Think about Christopher Lee, he was 196 cm. He lived for 93 years.

14 Makes You Look Older

Usually it only makes you older because most kids are taller because they develop faster which also makes their face more adult-like.

Super super true! I'm only 14 but people see me at 17 and older... then I get hit on ALL the time then I tell them my age and they don't believe me.

Yeah I am 14 but they think I am 18 or 17

Am 18 and everyone thinks am 25

15 Cannot Share an Umbrella With Someone During Rain
16 Increased Risk of Cancer

Cancer runs in my family and I’m afraid I’ll get it

17 Small Furniture

I hate the fact that most chairs and couches support your back if you're short or medium height, but if you're tall, the point at the top hacks at your neck, or if you're lucky, your spine. To avoid this, you either have to lean forward and cramp your back, lie down on the couch that is not as wide as you are tall, or buy an large but hideously expensive couch or chair. We eventually had to do the last one.

18 Knee Problems

Knee problems are something that I have and I'm young but tall

19 Being Asked to Reach for Everything

I do this all the time! I grab the arm of the nearest tall person, say "You'll do" and have reach high shelves for me. They've always happily obliged.

I get this a lot. It can be annoying after some time. Particularly if the second tallest person in the room can get it.

People ask me this all of the time

@PositionWildhawk you can also be a jerk and put kids things on high shelves. Just don't do it to my skateboard.

20 Easily Picked in Fights

More often tall ones ars thought to be tough and bully.They are judged by appearance and easily picked in fights.

That's sad.

21 Everyone Assumes It's Great

Its true, anybody who is average or small don't know how being tall feels like.

Honestly, being not able to fit in basically anything, have higher risk of getting cancer, and having a smaller life expectancy, is mot great at all...

It's not

22 Blankets Are Too Short

It's difficult to eat foods sitting at a table.

23 Your Entire Friend Group Being Way Smaller


24 People Behind You in Movie Theatres Demanding that You Get Out of the Way

"When I go to the movie theaters, people either ask politely to get out of the way... or demand I get out of the way in a very rude manner. So I'm constantly moving in the theater and it's a real pain! "

It's very bad

25 Can't Fit In Cars, Front or Back Seat

I have to slouch in cars or bend my head because the roof is always too low

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