The Most Annoying Question of All Time: How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up?

Let me start off by saying that anyone blind or visually impaired reading this knows exactly what I am talking about. This may be the reason why visually impaired or blind people avoid telling others about their disability because everyone knows the first question that will be thrown at your is “How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up?” Isn’t that just the most annoying thing? Imagine someone waggling their finger in your face and asking if you if you are able to see it.

First off, that is someones personal space, do not put your finger which may or may not be washed near my eyes, nose and mouth. How do I or anyone else this happens to know where it has been. Frankly, it is an invasion of personal space, but not only that but many blind people will not see your finger or fingers until it is only inches from touching their nose. It is invasive, and for a blind person, slightly startling.

Secondly, what is the point of doing that? Do you think it is a game? Maybe, it is for you, but I can assure you that the people you are doing it to do not feel the same way. Let me sum this up very simply for anyone who may be lost this far into my post, blind people do not want to be asked this question. Do not ask it. Why? Because it is annoying, invasive and rude.

Shout out to any of my blind buddies out there who know exactly what I am talking about. Some of these sighted people are just curious, and we get that. But, please just ask us. Do not stick parts of your body near our faces. We would happily tell you what is actually going on and how much we see. To all the blind people out there struggling with bullying or people constantly trying to degrade you, you are powerful, beautiful and strong. God made you this way for a reason, do not steer away from God, but instead embrace this and keep pushing forward through the negativity and the assumptions.


2 thoughts on “The Most Annoying Question of All Time: How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up?

  1. Im 100% guilty of asking this question. A part of me does it just to be annoying lol, but another part of me does it because i’m genuinely curious. I may see 3 fingers but, what do you see? 2, 4? I always thought it was interesting that even though we´re looking at the same thing, we see it differently.


  2. Zoe, I love how you showed the perspective of a blind person on the receiving end of this question. I hope, with this knowledge, more people are respectful of how it makes blind people feel, empathize, and ask more kind-hearted questions instead! (I completely understand not wanting people in my space, not to mention joking about one’s impairments.)


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