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The average height varies between countries, but in the US, it's 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm) for men and 5 feet 3.5 inches (161 cm) for women.

If you're above or below these measurements, you might notice a few traits specific to your size. Interested in the latter group, one Reddit user made a post on the platform, asking people who consider themselves short to share the problems that they think taller folks will never truly understand.

From attending concerts to carrying backpacks, here are some of the things that they've mentioned.

#1

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand The overhead visor isn’t going to do anything against the sun.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I use a hair clip to clip a piece of cardboard on the visor where the sun is, but only on interstate long drives

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#2

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand We don't need to ever clean those top shelves you say are dirty. I don't see them. Thus, they do not exist.

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

On the other side, I wish I'd never seen the underside of the kitchen drawers that hung above the oven in my airBnB flat in London (in a posh borough). First errand I ran was for Latex gloves and cleaning supplies.... 🫣😬😱🤢😖 ,*smol person problem*

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#3

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand It makes me feel unsafe if you talk about how easily you can pick me up and take me. Or how easily someone could overpower me. why would you tell me that when I'm already afraid of it happening.

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think a lot of women can relate to this, it's just even worse when you're petite. If it's any consolation, it also means you'd be easier to rescue in the event of an emergency like a fire.

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#4

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand Most short people can’t sit with their back against the back of a chair or sofa AND have their feet touch the floor. Without a pillow behind them it gets uncomfortable quickly. A lot of guys make fun of all the decorative pillows, but they also serve a function.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This! Guys always complain about my throw pillows and I'm like "if it's in your way, give it to me! I will take all that I can get"

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#5

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand When you’re in a crowd of people, you can’t see a damn thing!

dogballet:

I'm 5ft tall and I have almost never enjoyed a live music event in my life.

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Though, there's been TWO exceptions that made me feel not "too short for life": in January 2020 at a "The HU" Concert in Berlin, a second before they shot to fame. They are a Mongolian band, so half of the audience were Mongolians (4'5''-5'2''?), even the Ambassador of Mongolia to Germany was there (,on a balcony). I'm 5'1'' and could stand in the middle! of! the! crowd! and still see the band over the peoples' heads.Awesome. (In 2023 there was a much more "standard German white bun" crowd aka 3-6'' taller than me 😢).

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#6

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand If you walk normally I have to basically power walk. Even if you tell them, either they don't seem to understand, can't adapt on short notice or don't care.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mom is 5', her brother is 6'2". It's funny watching them try to walk together. I call my mom a "sand piper" with how fast her legs have to run to keep up with him!

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#7

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand That people won't respect you as much as a tall person in a professional setting.

Prosperous_Petiole:

4'8 here. Customers at my work often think I'm the trainee. I'm the manager.

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Kira Okah
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

4'11. I've never been treated as "the trainee" at work in retail/fast food when the manager, nope. Coworkers and customers alike instead treated me like an impetulant toddler.

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#8

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand If I gain 5lbs I may need a different size pants. 5lbs is so much to a person with no place to put it.

missdawn1970:

OMG, yes! I'm 5 feet tall, and gaining even 2 pounds makes my pants and skirts dig into my waist.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And I will have to hem those new pants before I can wear them. I've become an expert at hemming pants.

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#9

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand In crowds it can become difficult to breathe. Taller people can reach the fresh air, but I’m trapped under where everyone else is breathing out.

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#10

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand My space matters too. I also like to be comfortable. I don't appreciate being squeezed into the smallest space all the time "because it's easier". I don't want the s****y seat, bed, etc. every time we travel.

Being told constantly that you just need to roll with whatever because your comfort matters least HONESTLY had an effect on me.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m average height but really skinny and I get this same treatment. I’m always expected to squeeze into the tightest spaces. Once some friends and I hired a car to go on a hike at a location that was about a 6 hour ride from our place (one way) and the car had one less seat that the number in our group so naturally I was made to sit on a pile of bags in the space between two seats for the whole duration of the trip up and down. I had back pain for days afterwards.

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#11

How difficult it is to get clothes out the bottom of a top loading washer. I have repurposed some kitchen tongs to be used as laundry tongs.

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#12

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand Y’all tall b**ches need to stop hovering over toilets and making them wet and gross. Short women cannot hover pee, and we should not have to. If no one hovered this would not be an issue.

str4ngerc4t , grilledcheese2332/reddit Report

#13

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand Being used as an armrest is annoying, and not peak humor that some tall people think it is.

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#14

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand People really do show preferential treatment to tall men and discriminate against short men.

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#15

That annoying, tip of the fingers making the thing turn around instead of being able to grab it off an upper shelf.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ugh or you just push it further back! I wanted cookies the other day at my in-laws. They were on the tippy top shelf. Now, No one cares if I eat cookies but I didn't really need to announce to the whole house that I needed help gaining access to said cookies. Frustrating!

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#16

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand I have rocked out calves because I go up on tiptoes twenty times a day.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I never thought about that.... As chubby as I get (and I'm pretty darn chubby at this stage of my life :/ ), my leg muscles are always rock solid.

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#17

How awesome it is to be able to pull the covers up to your chin without having your feet sticking out from under the duvet even when you’re lying stretched out on the bed.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a huge downside of being tall (6' or 183cm) for me.

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#18

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand **I'm still a m***********g adult.**

I am a 43-year-old adult who has been working in my career for **20 f*****g years.**

I am a grown-up. Just because I'm the height of the average 12-year-old and also have a baby face and also just happen to be traditionally attractive does not mean that I am not a *serious f*****g adult.* This has been my biggest pet peeve since I was in my 20s, where at my first job out of college everyone assumed I was not a college intern, but someone who somehow was in high school yet coming to an office job from 8 to 5 every day?!

Just because we're short doesn't mean we're actually children. For the love of God, I am begging all of you to please remember this whenever you deal with a professional adult who just doesn't happen to be as tall as most adults.

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Kare Deter
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I went to rent my first apartment the landlord refused to rent to a "13 year old". I LITERALLY had to bring my father back to the guy to convince the guy I was 20. like wtf. He was sure my license was fake.

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#19

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand Every time I go to see a movie or play, I hope that a kid is sitting in front of me, otherwise I can't see the stage/screen.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My grade school teacher was 6'7" (although, at that age, seemed 7'6"), his wife was ~5'6". When they sat down she was taller than him, he was all legs.

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#20

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand No chairs are made for me. At 5’3, my feet always dangle and worsen my sciatica. It feels dumb to feel like a toddler in every chair.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would kill to be 5'3"! Ok so I'm only 5'2" but about 100x a day I wish I was just one inch taller to reach the thing juuuuuuust out of my reach.

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#21

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand We see up into your nostrils all the time.

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At least have the decency to let us know if we're about to have a hanger.

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#22

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand Even if the object isn’t that heavy, if my arms can’t wrap comfortable around to hold it, I can’t carry it.

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#23

The joy of going to Japan and finally having counters and cupboards in your size.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I taught English in South Korea, it made me feel tall. (I'm 5'2")

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#24

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand I'm not eating small portions to starve myself, I'm eating small portions because if I consume more than 1300 calories a day I'll gain weight.

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#25

Carrying pretty much anything in bags or under arms is heavier because our arms are shorter. The bags or whatever we're carrying would probably drag on the floor if we left our arms hanging at full length. So we gotta bend them up, and sustain that muscle contracted all the way home.

Tall people can just grab a bag, and let their arms relax.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have busted out the sewing machine to adjust bag strap lengths a couple of times

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#26

We can comfortably sleep on most couches/airplanes.

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#27

Always having to find the step stool that they've moved. 

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This!! ... My family know I have to use stools all over, and sometimes I have to go searching. But they have to move them out of the way to get to what they need AND can reach. I have them in several rooms of the house and in front of the washing machine. So, to be fair I am outnumbered 6 to one and don't mind having to look for my stool, cause if I can't find one I just call out to hubby to help me (he knows I will kiss him if he does, double the benefit for me). There are many times I know exactly where a stool is and call hubby to help anyway.... HAHA!

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#28

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand As a shorter guy (5'5"M), you can literally be invisible in a group. At parties or gatherings, I've often had experiences where taller people will introduce themselves to each other and simply not notice me. I've learned to be more assertive, but it's annoying AF when it happens all the time.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I get that. Still... sounds like a superpower to me. I often whish people would NOT take note of me (6'5 here).

#29

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand The world is not designed for short people. As mentioned in other comments, items on higher shelves aren't easy to reach and dangling feet when sitting on a toilet or in a chair sucks. Consider my own 4'10" pet peeve... the average countertop height should reach the average person around mid-hip or thereabouts. This allows for hands to be in an ideal ergonomic position to do whatever. But for us short people, the countertop height trends upward to somewhere torso level making doing things at counter height just... miserable. I hate cooking, doing dishes, etc. simply because after a little while, my neck, shoulders, and back ache from extending my arms up and out rather than out and down like everyone else. I imagine taller than average folks have similar issues with needing to stoop down to reach the counter.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Once I learnt about air bags in cars, it just plays in my mind a lot. They scare me

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#30

"People Won't Respect You As Much": 30 Short People Share Things Tall Folks Don't Understand People treat you like your lesser of a person. Like hell I’m 38, I’ve been through a lot of s**t. just because I’m 4’11” doesn’t mean I’m not worthy of respect. Damnit.

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