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It seems rampant amongst 99.9% of people in UK to lie about their height. Personally, I wake up at 181.8 CM and go to sleep at around 180 CM. I have good posture and stand tall nearly always which probably makes me look taller.

For some reason though, people think I'm 6'2" and some even say 6'3"? It's because they are convinced of their own heights being greater than what it actually is. I can't figure out if people in this country are intellectually incapable of figuring out how to measure height (and the fact that shoes and hair doesn't count in the measuremenr) or if they all just lie to make everyone feel better about their genetics.

In fact, according to statistics, the average height in UK is 5'9" for all adults and 5'10" for people aged 25-34. Yet, whenever I walk to university I can walk across 40-50 men on a good day, without noticing someone taller than me. Maybe the fact I tend to prefer wearing boots like Timberlands helps but a lot of people do.

Either way, to all the people on this site. Why do you lie about your height and how much do you exaggerate by?
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155cm right here. anyone that asks gets that answer. I measured my height 7 years ago and havent changed since then
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humans are insecure creatures
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Good god
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Exactly! :mad: I’m only 6’5
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It seems rampant amongst 99.9% of people in UK to lie about their height.
I must be part of that 0.1% then. Because my height certainly doesn't come up in conversations often enough for "rampant" to be an appropriate descriptor.

Also worth noting, feet and inches aren't exactly the most accurate measurement, and I highly doubt most people are properly measuring their heights on a regular basis to begin with. The whole "why do you lie about your height" assumes people are willingly lying. It assumes that they know exactly how tall they are and are choosing to embellish. The reality is that most people are not that anally retentive about their height; it simply doesn't matter. I've honestly never seen someone feel this strongly about it.

Is there a reason you felt it was necessary to post this anonymously?
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155cm right here. anyone that asks gets that answer. I measured my height 7 years ago and havent changed since then
How tall are you?
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If you're so confident you're that height, why are you anon? :holmes:
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If you're so confident you're that height, why are you anon? :holmes:
I'll remove the anonymous tag. I don't see what that has got to do with anything though?
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I must be part of that 0.1% then. Because my height certainly doesn't come up in conversations often enough for "rampant" to be an appropriate descriptor.

Also worth noting, feet and inches aren't exactly the most accurate measurement, and I highly doubt most people are properly measuring their heights on a regular basis to begin with. The whole "why do you lie about your height" assumes people are willingly lying. It assumes that they know exactly how tall they are and are choosing to embellish. The reality is that most people are not that anally retentive about their height; it simply doesn't matter. I've honestly never seen someone feel this strongly about it.

Is there a reason you felt it was necessary to post this anonymously?
Well, it might be the case for you. However, I'm pretty sure everyone knows how tall they really are. It's a physical stat that you hold pretty close to you because literally I've countless threads of people insecure about it etc. For a lot of men especially. When you go to the gym and measure your Bodyfat % or BMI on an electronic machine, your height pretty much determines a lot of it so I don't see why people wouldn't know it.

Sure, it seems a bit petty to post an essay about height but the reason is because honest people like me are affected by being truthful online 😂 Whereas there are people shorter than me who claim to be taller than me 🤦*♂️
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Exactly! :mad: I’m only 6’5
Good God, I thought you were dead 😨
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Good God, I thought you were dead 😨
Fake news. I never die.
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the boots will put you over 6'0" tbh.
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the boots will put you over 6'0" tbh.
Most footwear gets me over 6'. I'm basically over 5'11.5" after a good sleep.

Boots tend to get me near an actual 6'1". And like I said, I have perfect posture so maybe that's why I look taller than I am, lol.
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I must be part of that 0.1% then. Because my height certainly doesn't come up in conversations often enough for "rampant" to be an appropriate descriptor.

Also worth noting, feet and inches aren't exactly the most accurate measurement, and I highly doubt most people are properly measuring their heights on a regular basis to begin with. The whole "why do you lie about your height" assumes people are willingly lying. It assumes that they know exactly how tall they are and are choosing to embellish. The reality is that most people are not that anally retentive about their height; it simply doesn't matter. I've honestly never seen someone feel this strongly about it.

Is there a reason you felt it was necessary to post this anonymously?
I am personally on a daily basis by people I meet, simply because my height is noteworthy and naturally becomes topic of the conversation. If you were 6ft3+, maybe you'd be asked more.
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For some reason though, people think I'm 6'2" and some even say 6'3"? It's because they are convinced of their own heights being greater than what it actually is. I can't figure out if people in this country are intellectually incapable of figuring out how to measure height (and the fact that shoes and hair doesn't count in the measuremenr) or if they all just lie to make everyone feel better about their genetics.
Are these overestimates predominately from other men, or women? Because in my personal experience, women (yes, ALL women, every single one of them) are absolutely terrible at accurately judging height.
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Are these overestimates predominately from other men, or women? Because in my personal experience, women (yes, ALL women, every single one of them) are absolutely terrible at accurately judging height.
6'3" from a dude who was convinced that he himself was 6'2" and 6'2" from other dudeS who call themselves 6 ft when they're not.
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However, I'm pretty sure everyone knows how tall they really are.
And you're pretty sure of that how?

(Original post by bluepepsican)
It's a physical stat that you hold pretty close to you because literally I've countless threads of people insecure about it etc.
A small number of insecure students on a forum are hardly indicative of 99.9% of the UK. Try again.


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When you go to the gym and measure your Bodyfat % or BMI on an electronic machine, your height pretty much determines a lot of it so I don't see why people wouldn't know it.
I think you're severely overestimating how many people go to the gym, and take it seriously enough to continuously monitor this sort of thing. As before, it's not something most people need to know to a high level of accuracy.

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honest people like me are affected by being truthful online
Dear lord, you make it sound as though this is having some major impact on your life. But even if this were a real problem, having a little moan on a student forum isn't going to solve anything. Nor will you reach the 99.9% of the population you claim is lying.
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It seems rampant amongst 99.9% of people in UK to lie about their height. Personally, I wake up at 181.8 CM and go to sleep at around 180 CM. I have good posture and stand tall nearly always which probably makes me look taller.

For some reason though, people think I'm 6'2" and some even say 6'3"? It's because they are convinced of their own heights being greater than what it actually is. I can't figure out if people in this country are intellectually incapable of figuring out how to measure height (and the fact that shoes and hair doesn't count in the measuremenr) or if they all just lie to make everyone feel better about their genetics.

In fact, according to statistics, the average height in UK is 5'9" for all adults and 5'10" for people aged 25-34. Yet, whenever I walk to university I can walk across 40-50 men on a good day, without noticing someone taller than me. Maybe the fact I tend to prefer wearing boots like Timberlands helps but a lot of people do.

Either way, to all the people on this site. Why do you lie about your height and how much do you exaggerate by?
Do you have evidence back up your statistic about the 99.9% of people that lie about their height?

I don't lie about my height, have no need to. I don't see it as important.
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Dear lord, you make it sound as though this is having some major impact on your life. But even if this were a real problem, having a little moan on a student forum isn't going to solve anything. Nor will you reach the 99.9% of the population you claim is lying.
1) I don't know how it works at your place but whenever I visit the GP, my height, weight, BMI and blood pressure is measured on a machine beforehand. I assumed it would be the same procedure in most places.

2) Not only on TSR but I hear people discussing height all the time from university lectures to people at the hairdressers.

3) I probably did. But I assumed most people would get it measured at the GP if not the gym.

4) I didn't make it sound like that because I said in a post it was a petty thing but I'm genuinely curious to know why people lie; whether they're insecure or whether they really don't know. Not once did I say this was a major issue that I set out to spread awareness.
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