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Are Umbrellas Useless?

Updated on March 12, 2018

Where I live one minute you can be walking down the street one minute thinking what a lovely sunny day it is. But then a few minutes later, you find yourself soaking wet due to a sudden downpouring of rain. You spend 10 minutes hiding in a doorway waiting for it to stop.

People often tell me it would be a good idea to carry an umbrella just in case. But I don't like umbrellas. Umbrellas are anti-social, ineffective and a bit useless in certain sorts of wind. I am not usually a fan of umbrellas. Here are 5 reasons why umbrellas are useless and not worth the effort.

Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.

Arguments Against Umbrellas

Here are 5 reasons umbrellas are useless.

Reason 1: They do not work very well in the wind...

Ever tried to use an umbrella on a windy, rainy day? What happens? In my experience one of the below options occurs:

  • the umbrella breaks because it blows inside out
  • it catches the wind and acts as a sort of sail pulling you along.

Admittedly being pulled along like a sail by your umbrella could be fun, but if that happens you will still get wet.


Reason 2: Unless you are over 6 foot tall you might gauge someone's eye out

There is nothing worse than walking along a crowded street in the rain where everyone has their umbrellas out. Umbrellas take up a lot of space. If someone a few inches shorter carries an umbrella, you and everyone else tall are in constant danger of being poked in the eye. In crowds umbrellas are anti social.

Reason 3: It's fun to get wet anyway

Sometimes when it rains, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you must accept you are going to get wet. This is allowing nature to take its course. As the Weather Girls tell us there is something liberating about accepting that you are going to get absolutely soaking wet in a downpour.

If it is not too cold, and you are on your way home (and not to an important business meeting) getting drenched can be enjoyable.

There is a poem that goes:

You say that you love rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains.

You say that you love the sun, but you find a shadow spot when the sun shines.

You say that you love the wind, but you close your windows when wind blows.

This is why I am afraid, you say that you love me too.

Some parts of the internet say this is a quotation from Bob Marley (and even more oddly also William Shakespeare...). However it is more reliably attributed to a Turkish poet called Qyazzirah Syeikh Ariffin.

There are also many other examples of popular culture references to the joy of being in the rain. From "Singing in the Rain" in the classic musical:

I'm singing in the rain

Just singing in the rain

What a glorious feelin'

I'm happy againI

Or Ricky Martin's Living La Vida Loca which includes the lines "She'll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain".

The Weather Girls, It's Raining Men

Reason number 4: You have to carry them with you

Umbrellas can be heavy and cumbersome, meaning you have to carry them with you. This can be inconvenient and mean your hands aren't free for other things. You can get umbrellas that fold up small and fit easily into a handbag or a rucksack. However typically these are the very flimsy ones that won't withstand any rain.

If you have a properly strong umbrella that won't collapse the moment there is a gust of wind, then it will be heavy.

Even if you manage to find an easy way of transporting a sturdy umbrella, when it is raining any umbrella will always take up one hand. (Unless you have a willing boyfriend/girlfriend/servant to hold it for you).

Reason number 5: Anoraks are better at keeping you dry

When faced with heavy rain an umbrella isn't really going to do much, especially if there is also a gust of wind. It might keep your top half dry, but your legs are inevitably going to get wet.

If you are really concerned about staying dry, your best equipment is as follows:

  • An anorak (or parka or cagoule)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Wellington boots

A rightly proud anorak wearer
A rightly proud anorak wearer | Source

Arguments to Appreciate Umbrellas

Having said all that umbrellas do have positives. Here are the five key reasons to appreciate umbrellas.

Reason 1: The Power o Sharing an Umbrella

In the words of Rihanna:

Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh)

You are strolling through the park on a lovely bright spring day, with your umbrella in your hand just in case. Suddenly without warning it starts to pour with rain. There is a very attractive girl just in front of you. Being a chivalrous gentleman you step forward and offer to share your umbrella with her. The girl would not normally speak to strangers but she does not want her hair to be ruined so she accepts your offer. As you walk through the park together under the umbrella you talk and get to know each other. One year later you are engaged and live happily ever after together.

Note: The above scenario may seem rather gender biased (and optimistic), I would like to say that inverting the scenario, or same sex umbrella sharing is just as good. Main rule: if one person is a lot taller than the other, they should always be the one carrying the umbrella.

Reason 2: to Protect You from the Sun!

There are different kinds of umbrellas of course. Umbrellas can be used to shade you and protect you from the heat of the sun, and skin cancer. It is likely the first umbrellas were actually created for this reason, rather than to protect from the rain.

Wouldn't it be lovely to be sitting on a sunny beach with an umbrella to shade me?

If only I lived somewhere where I would need a parasol.


Reason 3: Umbrellas in Your Cocktails

Another sort of umbrella is the little paper sort that you get in some fancy cocktails. Sitting under your parasol in the sun, sipping a silly cocktail with a paper umbrella - blissful.


Reason 4: As Art or Fashion

Umbrellas can be decorative, fashion statements and/or beautiful. They can be art. The can come in all colors, with many designs and can be arranged and displayed in many stylish artistic ways.

Perhaps if your umbrella is broken by the wind you can also reuse it to create something artistic.

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Umbrellas in the roof at Reok Palace, Szeged.
Umbrellas in the roof at Reok Palace, Szeged.
Umbrellas in the roof at Reok Palace, Szeged.

Reason 5: They are Useful on Some Occasions to Stop You Getting Wet

Despite the five reasons against umbrellas above, in some circumstances they can in fact meet the purpose of keeping you dry. If the rain is light, and it isn't too windy they will usually do the job. Even the most hardened anti umbrella fan, may occasionally want to avoid getting wet and sneak into the shelter provided by an umbrella. I am one of those annoying people who never has my own umbrella. Occasionally I will try and share my companion's. Am I a hypocrite?

What Do You Think?

Are you for or against umbrellas?

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    • daydreams profile imageAUTHOR

      Marianne Sherret 

      7 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Thank you very much! I'm really glad you enjoyed this. I never take umbrellas with me anywhere, as I don't like them very much, although I have been known to sneak under a friends in the past.

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      7 years ago from australia

      This was so much fun - enjoyed it. I always forget to take an umbrella anyway - it it rains I simply get wet or buy another to add to the collection.

      I do like the umbrellas in cocktails though - thanks for this.


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