Sunday, January 30, 2005

We're just getting taller

My mother has suggested a couple times in the past that people are taller now than they "used to be," when she was younger. I don't put a lot of faith in her random observations, but I wonder if this is true, and if it is, why. It always did seem in high school that the students were noticeably taller than the teachers. Is it because of improved overall health? Are tall people so much more desirable than short people that we're skewing the gene pool? I'm not sure that either of those possibilities are all that convincing. But, it does seem that not nearly enough things are designed with people my height in mind, and I certainly don't see myself as absurdly tall. Even my king-sized bed is far too short; I have to lie diagonally on it to be comfortable. It's hard to find desks/tables and chairs that are comfortable to people my height. And, I've already touched on clothing being too small. What gives?

2 comments:

Matthew Beermann said...

As far as I'm aware, the answer to all your questions is "yes". More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height

Travis said...

Those Wikipedians... they just know everything, don't they?