File this under: Things I Already Knew
For those who haven’t met me in person, I’m a tall man. 6’6″ to be exact. Sure, it’s hell finding clothes at times… like this morning when I was outbid on a tall XXL Banana Republic shirt, but it does have its benefits. And like everyone else above 6’4″, I get sick of the basketball inquiries (Yes, I played. Not professionally — that’s all you need to know).
Conversely, I have enjoyed the perks of being tall as well — perfect sight lines at every sporting event or concert, admirable stature, ability to reach anything without the use of a step stool, etc. And I read a study a while back that said tall people have higher salaries compared to others. Some said that the aforementioned stature played a role in achieving success moving up the corporate ladder. But this study offers another explanation:
On average, taller people earn more because they are smarter. As early as age 3 — before schooling has had a chance to play a role — and throughout childhood, taller children perform significantly better on cognitive tests. The correlation between height in childhood and adulthood is approximately 0.7 for both men and women, so that tall children are much more likely to become tall adults. As adults, taller individuals are more likely to select into higher paying occupations that require more advanced verbal and numerical skills and greater intelligence, for which they earn handsome returns.
But then again, I could’ve told you that 😉