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Bigger is Not Always Better

Updated on May 21, 2014
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

Is bigger really better?


Bigger is Better?

In our society, there is an assumption that bigger is always better. In many case, this is totally correct. Who doesn't want to have a bigger paycheck? Who wouldn't rather get a large pizza for the price of a small pizza? Big is celebrated, especially in the U.S. That is probably why obesity is at an all-time high. We like big plates of food, too. You can see where I am going, right? Maybe bigger is not always better.

Let's explore some of the examples of when bigger is not better. I will hold back on telling any immature jokes about how size matters, too. You might be surprised to find out how many times in life small is really the best option.

1. Zits

Zits are one of the many things in life that should be smaller... or completely non-existent. I have never once woke up and thought, "Gee, I hope I am going to find the biggest zit ever on my face today. The bigger the better!" That is why Proactiv exists... zits are not a good thing.

2. Cracks

In general, cracks in anything is really bad. The bigger the crack, the worse the crack. For instance, when a rock hits the window of your car, I'll bet you think, "I hope it doesn't crack." If it does crack the window, you are hoping for the smallest crack possible. What is the next thought in your mind? "I hope it doesn't get any bigger." Yep. Bigger is not better.

For that matter, cracks in the ceiling, cracks on the sidewalk, cracks in the driveway... all are not so great. If a crack must exist, you can only hope for a small crack that is easy to repair.


3. Bears

When it comes to wild animals, you probably want them to be as small as possible if they are coming towards you. This rule applies to bears when you are camping. For that matter, it also applies to any other animal that is charging at you: tigers, lions, bobcats, dogs, etc.

In this case, not only is bigger not good, healthy and fast is also a negative, too. Your best bet is having a small, elderly, sickly animal coming at you. You might just be able to outrun that critter.

4. Debt

Here is my own personal rule when it comes to debt: the bigger the debt, the bigger the tears that fall from my face. No one likes huge debt. It weighs on you every day of you life. And speaking of weighing you down...

5. Weight

When it comes to packing on the pounds, bigger simply is not better. Every now and then, you might meet a person that is underweight and getting bigger is a positive experience for them. For most of us, bigger is not better when it comes to weight. That is why companies like Weight Watchers exist.

In general, we love our big meals, but it means big weight gain, too. This is an example of a situation when we think bigger is better (hooray... a foot long sub for the price of a 6 inch sub!), but it really is not better for us.


6. Spiders

Guess what? No one likes spiders. OK, maybe a few people do. If you like spiders, go ahead and skip to the next section. But in general, no one wants spiders, bugs, snakes, or any other creepy crawly in their house. You know what makes it worse? A big spider!

In the case of spiders, we just don't want to deal with larger spiders. They are harder to kill and all the more terrifying when they attempt to jump on you. Big spider = bad spider.

7. Traffic jams

When it comes to traffic jams, a small jam is usually OK. However, it's the big traffic jams that will ruin a day. The largest traffic jams will make you wish you could just abandon your car and walk to wherever you are going. In some instances, people actually do that!


8. Storms

Unless you are some type of storm tracker, the bigger the storm, the less fun it is to experience it. When I say storm, I mean thunderstorms, tornados, hurricanes, snowstorms, and any other type of horrifying act of nature. The bigger the storm, the more damage and deaths that come from it.

As usual, there are some exceptions to this rule. If you are a farmer and you've been suffering through a drought for months, naturally you will welcome a rain storm. You and your crops deserve it. However, if you are just an Average Joe suffering through numerous storms, bigger is definitely not always better. Even kids get feed up after they've had too many snowstorms. Some of them even want to go back to school again!

9. Bald spots

Ask anyone that is going bald, and I am pretty sure they will all agree no one wants a big bald spot. The smaller the bald spot, the easier it is to conceal it. After a while, many people are left with either a huge comb-over, or they just give up and shave it all off. Every now and then, you might meet a rare person that was tired with "all that pesky hair" anyway; that usually does not happen though.

10. Stains

Does anyone really like stains? I am willing to bet just about no one enjoys them. When it comes to a stain, you'd probably rather prevent it or have the smallest stain possible.

I am not going to elaborate on what I mean by stains because I am sure you can use your imagine on this one. This is certainly the case if you have small children or pets. Stains can come from anywhere and anything! Whenever you can limit them, it is in your best interest.

I must disagree with this commercial...

11. Anything you step in

I really don't think I need to elaborate on this one. If you step in it, whatever it may be, you are hoping for the smallest possible pile of it. If you'd like, you can just pretend I am talking about gum for this one.

12. Noses

I know this can be a matter of personal preference, but in general, a really big nose is not that flattering, especially on a female. I know this to be true because I have a big nose. My whole life, I've wanted a smaller nose. Smaller is just better in this case. I can't be the only person that feels that way either. Nose jobs are one of the most popular plastic surgeries out there.

Men can usually get away with having a bigger nose. It is also implied that something else can be big, too... but we won't go there! After all, children could be reading this right now. Gasp! Everyone knows a bigger nose on a man means a bigger brain, of course!

13. Checkout lines

I've never once been standing in a long checkout line at a store and thought, "Gee, I sure wish this group of people standing in front of me in line was even bigger!" The wait and frustration of standing in checkout lines can be unbearable at times. Christmas lines are typically the worst. Not only are there children throwing themselves down crying, there are moments when adults desperately wish they could do the same. A bigger checkout line is a miserable checkout line.

In general, it is not just checkout lines that need to be smaller. I would say we've learned that in many cases, bigger is not better. If something is negative, making it bigger only makes it that much worse. So before you decide that bigger is better, give it a second thought. That might not be true at all.

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am glad you liked it. You can only hope for a sickly animal (that does not bite) in certain situations in life. Thanks for your comment!

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    MsQuestion 3 years ago from New Jersey

    The funniest line was that you'd rather have a "small elderly sickly" animal coming after you...for some reason, that made me laugh out loud, sitting here alone in my basement!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    bravewarrior - I am happy I could brighten your day. :-)

    PaisleeGal - I know what you mean. I think a lot of people posts lists though because they typically pull in traffic. People just really like lists. I am not sure why though.

    sheilamyers - That is true. As long as your slow friend is with you, that bear is bound to munch on him instead. I will keep that in mind if I go camping.

    Ann1Az2 - Haha, I've been compiling this list for about a week. I have to admit though, it is something I used to think about every time I saw those commercials. I just could not keep it to myself anymore! Thanks for the vote up!

    Efficient Admin - I am happy you enjoyed the bear section. I've seen people take pictures of cute smaller bears when they go camping. I noticed there are not as many close-ups of the big bears though. I suspect it is because bigger just is not better in that situation! Thanks for the vote up.

    rebeccamealey - I looked up some Erma Bombeck quotes. Thank you for the compliment... now if only I could be as successful as her!

    Thanks for the comments everyone!

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    So cute, fun to read....your styles reminds me so much of Erma Bombeck. I just loved reading her stuff. Thanks!

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    Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    This is hilarious and so true! The bear one had me cracking up. I really hope I can outrun a small, elderly sickly creature if ever need be! Voted up and across.

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    Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

    I wondered after reading this how long it took you to gather all of this up and make a hub out of it? Don't tell me. I don't really want to know - it was very entertaining and well thought out. I like the pictures and AT & T's commercials with the kids are always great. You picked a good one.

    Voted up!

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    sheilamyers 4 years ago

    I had to stop laughing before I could type my response. I love this hub! You were able to take one small statement, comment that it isn't always true, and proven it in a way that is entertaining. The only one I disagree with I do so only in certain situations. Bigger animals aren't too bad as long as you're with someone else. Have you heard that joke about the bear chasing the two friends? Well, you don't need to run faster than the bear, you only have to run faster than your friend.

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    Pat Materna 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

    As per your usual Jeannie, you brought a smile to my face. Now smiles are something that should be big... unless it's one of those phony looking things some folks seem to plaster.

    Here's one for you ... "List" are always better when they get smaller!!

    Keep em coming !!

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Jeannie, this hub is certainly a bright spot in my day. I needed a good laugh and you were there at the ready!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    MG Singh - Thanks! It is good to see people are on my side with this one.

    lambservant - Thank you! Yeah, I started to put big mouth in there, but I figured I can be a big mouth, so it is best not to approach that subject. I thought the comments might be a bit negative towards me! Hehe.

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    Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Hilarious !!! Z its - uh huh. I had acne. Big mouths and big headaches aren't good either. Actually the former leads to the latter .

    Great job!

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    MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

    Well, I think you are right

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am happy I was able to convince you. I do still wish I had a bigger paycheck though. ;-) Thanks for dropping by.

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    FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

    This was good. You've completely convinced me that bigger is sometimes just bigger, not better. You're a riot!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks, Bill. And ummm... thanks for sharing that info. ;-)

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    You crack me up, and thank God bigger isn't always better or I'd be a very lonely man. LOL