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Tall people are happier, better educated

  1. Jul 29, 2009 #1


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    Must be true some economist at Princeton says so. He also says "income is the thing".

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20090729/us_time/08599191325600 [Broken]

    I hate these articles that do not link to the "research" so we can judge just how well or poorly it was done.
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  3. Jul 29, 2009 #2
    funny, in china there is a real bias towards placing tall people in positions of authority. so much so that people are investing in painful surgeries to artificially stretch the bones in their legs to become taller. it's a bit like investing in education here to achieve a better outcome.

    i guess i'd be happier, too, if people were always "looking up to me".
  4. Jul 29, 2009 #3
    Do they take into account the fact that malnutrition leads to not growing as tall?

    Also, I'm a 5'8" guy and my life is awesome.
  5. Jul 29, 2009 #4
    After I read that, I nearly fell off the hammock on my yacht. I don't want to embarrass myself by telling you my height, but suffice it to say that I'm the last to know if it's raining and the first to know if there's a flood. But happiness? I'm delirious. Not that I need to be happy. One of my 6'2" servants does that for me. My wife is short too. I asked her about it when we sat down to dinner. We have one of those tables that can accommodate a large crowd, so I had to hand a message to my butler who legged it over to her side of the table. She wrote back that she was happy, but she wished I would keep the $100 bills on a lower shelf so she could reach them more easily.
  6. Jul 29, 2009 #5
    I'm 6'5" and look down on all you unworthy peons.
  7. Jul 29, 2009 #6
    I'm 5" 5', have angry short man syndrome and would headbutt you in the nads Cyrus :D:D:D
  8. Jul 29, 2009 #7

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    In other words, size does matter.

    As for money, I think it depends entirely how the money is made. I've never been so miserable as when I was making more money than I ever thought possible.
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  10. Jul 29, 2009 #9
    Size? It makes all the difference.
  11. Jul 29, 2009 #10
    I've read accounts by several different journalists that the happiest people are alway the very poorest. They are always smiling, which is rarely the case for richer people. I think they attributed it to the fact that rich people spend most of their time worrying about things, while the poor people enjoy a simple stress free life.
  12. Jul 29, 2009 #11
    This is no surprise. There's a reason we have phrases for "looking down on" a person and "looking up on" a person. It's because when you're taller looking down, you feel more powerful and confident...confidence makes a person more attractive, and confidence is necessary for success. On the other hand, a short person who can be looked down upon is easier to mock, and they will naturally feel less confidence when dwarfed in size by someone else. I was a late bloomer, and I definitely felt insecure due to my short stature in my early days.
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    Does anyone here think that there is any truth to his claim that "tall people are better educated"?
  14. Jul 29, 2009 #13
    I'm typically the tallest person in the room at 6'3". I thought I was tall until a couple of weeks ago when I stood next a man and found that my eye level was in the middle of his chest!

    I'm not as educated as most of the people I work with but I do make more moolah than most of them. Maybe they are paying me per the inch as opposed to my wit and good looks.
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    Sounds like a good time for a poll Evo. Count me as tall, partially educated, and poor as hell.
  16. Jul 29, 2009 #15
    I think the only sensible answer to that is no. It's like saying people who have blue eyes are better xylophone players.

    How could there possibly be any correlation between height and education. It would have been more believable (read: marginally less bull****) to say that tall people have higher intelligence, as body and natural ability are definately linked. But education != intelligence or vice versa. Even then this is a blanket statement that wont hold true to any scrutiny.

    Weath and education go hand in hand. If it could be argued that tall people have more cash, therefore more education. But thats kind of going round the houses.

    In the end any all sweeping statement that makes wild claims is utterly stupid.
  17. Jul 29, 2009 #16
    Stress isn't relieved by being poor. At least I haven't seen evidence of this. I've been poor and I found it very stressful. Anybody can worry about things, rich or poor. It's more of a trait of being a human than income status. There are rich people with carefree lives and there are poor people with carefree lives. Stress can be cause by a poor ability to handle finances, regardless of income.
  18. Jul 29, 2009 #17
    Confidence is a main key to success. Perhaps if you are tall you might have better confidence, but I have seen too many counterexamples.
  19. Jul 29, 2009 #18
    I mean, poor people living in India and various other 3rd world countries poor.
  20. Jul 29, 2009 #19
    Urban legend that I've heard (from Mom) is that those in higher paying executive positions tend to be filled by taller individuals. Which would lead to taller offspring, which would lead to the childs likelyhood to a better secondary education because of a better household income. I'm sure there are studies that show that children that complete a secondary education typically came from families with higher incomes than those do not, on average. If true, I'm sure that it was more applicable to earlier generations.
  21. Jul 29, 2009 #20
    Then you are also talking about completely different cultures.
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