College Graduates That Discovered Their Majors Were Useless In The Real World Break Down What They Do Now
The real world is a harsh place. We don't learn that soon enough. When we're younger we believe everything is possible and whatever it is that we want to do for a living is going to be a success. So we head off to school to procure that dream and in school we learn all we can and the dream grows bigger.
Then a little while after graduation, many people realize, the dream is a fantasy and the major they chose maybe more problematic than bountiful. Not many companies are looking for experts in socioeconomic post Russian literature. So maybe a few plans.Redditor u/Mahimah wanted the post college peeps out there to share with us, tell us which degrees may not be the most fruitful in the world. They asked.... College grads who discovered too late that your major is useless in the real world, what do you do now?
Hospitality Daysdiner dancing GIF by Justin Timberlake Giphy
Working in a job I could've done with my high school degree and that I hate. 💔
I feel that. I was doing restaurant work for a long time, then went to college, and then went back to restaurant work. I'm now back in college for another roll of the dice.
And given the state of the economy right now, I will probably go back to waiting tables once again.
Not exactly realized it was useless, just realized I couldn't do it. I was in Psychology. I went back to work for a while then ended up taking Computer Engineering and I'm now a software developer. I went back to school. The went back to work thing means in between I wasn't in school and was just working
I should add that job is what made me realize I should take Comp Eng.
I did a site visit to a custom fabrication shop and they had a team of devs to program the machines for custom orders. I was fascinated, did some research, and here I am. I do make software for manufacturing even, just not doing that specific thing that got me interested.
I write emails for the functionally illiterate. I'm actually a personal assistant which is all you need to know. The only reason they'd pay me is the college degree and its name. I literally do get paid minimum wage but it's in a place where I can make that work with roommates. I don't know what else to say except I'm in the same place as so many! So don't be impressed. :)
The Spotlight People....acting jon lovitz GIF Giphy
Studied performing arts (film, tv and theatre) at a decent university.
Was working in theatre until Covid hit.
Now I make youtube videos about MMO games and twitch stream Runescape.
I actually manage to survive doing this.
P & P
Degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy. Realized I hated research 4th year in but grinded through and finished it. Currently in management in manufacturing. Wouldn't say the degree was useless as it helps me in my interactions with my workers and building a good culture. Don't ever think a degree is useless just because you don't get a job in your field. You build learning habits and study methods which can be applied to anything in the future so just keep that in mind and be positive!
English Lit Major.
I'm a gate attendant. Graveyard shift.
Have you considered writing content for websites? You know, the web pages that are really ads disguised as actual content that made the Internet a worse place. I hear the pay is OK, I would guess probably better than a gate attendants pay.
I have a sociology degree! I don't think it's useless but many people do. I don't regret it. There's a decent amount of socially relevant marketable knowledge and skills.
I'm a healthcare worker and I love it.
I am also very good at it, and would not be if I didn't have my degree to inform my practice.
I plan on getting my masters or going to law school at some point because I'd like more prospects for upward mobility and I genuinely love school but I also do really love my job now.
Crap Start....Episode 4 Hbo GIF by Curb Your Enthusiasm Giphy
Psychology major, got jobs in my field right out of school, but pay was pretty crap and no real room to move up without more school.
Went back and got my RN, made six figures straight out the door.
3rd shift in....
Got an English/Film Studies degree, now I work 3rd shift as a deli stocker at a local supermarket chain.
When I was at school I wrote about film quite frequently. My English teacher told me I should pursue it as a career.
I had zero interest in going to university but I was told it was the easiest way to make connections in the industry.
Throughout Uni I attended every networking event I could, took unpaid writing gigs, and showed my portfolio to as many people as possible. As I approached graduation I still had no job lined up despite submitting countless applications.
After graduating I took a full time job unrelated to my degree while working part time as an unpaid writer. I eventually burnt out.
There was no point in doing the work if I wasn't being paid, and none of the paid opportunities I had dangled in front of my face ever materialised. I didn't see the point in trying anymore if the only thing I got out of it was disappointment.
I stopped writing. I stopped poring over media job sites. I took down my online portfolio. I bristle whenever someone asks me what I have a degree in because it's not hard to tell they're thinking "oh, you got one of those useless degrees." Yeah, mate. I know that now.
Teachers deserve more....walton goggins hbo GIF by Vice Principals Giphy
I was originally majoring in earth and space science with a minor in education.
The goal was to teach secondary school earth science. That degree only lets you teach those subjects from an education stand point as for other jobs it qualified me for a tour guide or a museum worker. Changed majors to education which set me back about 3 semesters of course work. Now i manage at the local big box retailer for almost 15k more than the starting wage of a teacher.
Get into a trade. Only high school education required and you can get in as someone who's only job is to sit on a bucket and make sure the welders don't catch crap of fire starting out at 18/hr. After that the next position can be anywhere from 18-20/hr as a helper and perdiem comes in. An extra 70-100 a day tax free for your hotel and stuff. I've been in construction for 4 years and I average 28/hr and 100 a day perdiem. Average weekly check of 1500+ and only a high school education baby.
Serious answer: I have a bachelor of science in psychology. It is truly useless as a lot of bachelor of science degrees are if you're not going for a Masters or PhD. I interned in a medical lab and got a technical degree, MLT, which I think nowadays technical degrees are 150% more valuable than a non-technical 4 year degree. I'm working on turning my MLS at the moment.
Next Year it is....Pop Tv GIF by Schitt's Creek Giphy
So not me, but my husband. His first bachelor's is in entertainment engineering and design and he worked for a minute in his industry.
He was getting to the highest position he could with that degree before COVID and got furloughed and then laid off. He's going back to school now for electrical engineering and will graduate next year hopefully.
I have a BA in political science. I run a data science and analytics team. Didn't figure out what I liked until I was 28 and 6 years out of college. The library and community colleges are your friend.
It's all a mess...
I work in my dad's business and live with my parents. In my culture is not that unusual to live with your parents in your 20's but it still sucks. The money they pay me is not nearly enough to be independent either, but at least I'm not homeless and try to take care of them. The future is uncertain. I couldn't get a job in my former career before the pandemic, and now the job market and the economy are totally messed in my country.
educators...Season 3 Running GIF by The Simpsons Giphy
Not me, but my brother has a history degree and couldn't get a job in his field. So he went back to school to become a teacher and now he's teaching history at the university he got his history degree at. He hates teaching.
Best of Luck...
I did my major in mathematics, and without much of a plan going forward, other than one very specific idea that ended up falling through. I did temp work for a little while and ended up doing some self-taught programming to improve the efficiency of my work there. That led to me getting noticed and promoted by the IT team leader, and now (years later) I'm in a leading software developer position. So it all worked out in the end, mostly through sheer luck.
Work in a grocery store and languish in my poor choices.
But for real though, I wouldn't trade the experience I got in college for anything. I got a Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media Design. I've been working on small projects off and on since graduation but the actual industry, if you don't want to try cutting your teeth as an indie dev, is a meat grinder. There's a lot of uncertainty in employment, exploitation, false expectations of advancement.
You're either a dynamo and get hired into a good position/get noticed or you slog through QA with a minuscule chance of getting promoted. Turns out the industry has a crappy life/work balance and I refuse to deal with that.
Research the Plan
If you're in a country with strong unions, do consider vocational roles like a plumber or electrician. Some of them do pay well.
If you're ok with it, joining the army is ok as well.
Alternatively, upskill through online courses.
Anthro...home humans GIF Giphy
Anthropology degree. I do IT Helpdesk at a University. Anthro helped give me a good understanding of different people and cultures. Made my customer service skills waaaaay better knowing that people can see things so differently.
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It's remarkable when Hollywood stereotypes and plot dynamics are replicated in real life. It's remarkable because it's rare, so when it does happen we lose our cynical outlook of movies as far-fetched flights of fancy.
And one of the classic archetypes is the treatment of popular kids.
No One to Help When it Happened<p>"Middle school when the bell rang to change classes the hallways were a horrific traffic jam. Everyone suffered through trying to get to their lockers and the next class on time."</p><p>"Enter the a**hole popular guy, who thought it was funny to sneak up behind some unsuspecting student who's at his locker and smack the back of the student's head, causing the student to bang his head into his locker."</p><p>"A**hole guy got several warnings to stop, but he didn't. He thought it was so funny."</p><p>"Then one day he picked on the wrong student. A**hole guy got punched square in the face, fell down and lost a tooth. Not a single person, from teacher to student, came to his defense."</p><p>"When A**hole's parents came to the school all upset, everyone told them their son got what he deserved."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnz1abd?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">maruffin</a></p>
1, 2, 3, 4, 5<p>"<strong></strong>He got kicked in the nuts five times in a row by the same kid" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnyisup?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">xXawsomeguyXx</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"JOHNNY CAGE CRACKER" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnzbnhn?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">HeartAttackMemeGuy</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"HE KEEPS KICKING ME IN THE D*CK! WHY? WHY DOES HE KEEP KICKING ME IN THE D*CK?!" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnzjnnn?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Iceman6211</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"I don't believe I've personally ever witnessed something as epic as that sounds , five times??" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnzqvto?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Quuaack</a></p>
Immediate Justice<p>"Star quaterback tried to assault his girlfriend..."</p><p>"She was a golden glove boxer."</p><p>"She put him in the hospital for a week."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnzi9t3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">xxkoloblicinxx</a></p>
The Last Can He Ever Stole<p>"The teacher wouldn't let one guy in my classroom to go to the restroom to pee so he peed in an Arizona can."</p><p>"When the bell rang the guy started heading to the restroom to empty the can and the biggest bully of the school bumped into him, took the can and, of course, sipped it."</p><p>"He soon realized it didn't taste like tea... It was glorious."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnytqoa?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Citys_Bandaid_</a></p>
The Teacher Jerk<p>"My teacher. She loved to use humiliation against me (I was severely depressed at the time and she thought I was a slacker). I'm a little person, and she would get me to turn off the lights for the projector, or to write on the whiteboard, only to feign ignorance and apologise when I struggled to reach."</p><p>"One day she crossed the line, and I went to the deputy head teacher. He decided to reprimand her, during a lesson, in front of her entire class, to give her a taste of humiliation, too."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gny8qol?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Usidore_</a></p>
Subtle Payback<p>"He copied my exams for English, Math, and Science in our junior year."</p><p>"Except he didn't know that I purposely put the wrong answers for 80% of the questions and then redid the exam after he turned his in."</p><p>"He failed all three classes miserably and when he confronted me to see if I failed too, I just shrugged and said we must have had different versions of the exam."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gny674v?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">-InterstellarVoyage-</a></p>
Watching Her Squirm<p>"A popular girl bullied me all through middle school, then in high school she sat next to me the day we were given one of those "read the directions" tests. </p><p>"She was not so wise as to read the directions. </p><p>"I got to sit there for ten sweet, sweet minutes watching her panic more and more over the ridiculous tasks the test asked of her."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnynbzq?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">an_ineffable_plan</a></p>
Flip Flop<p>"Star athlete picked on the fat kids in gym. Fast forward a couple decades. He's fat and bald. Saw him using a Wal-Mart scooter recently, buying crap food."</p><p>"One of the kids he picked on got in shape, stayed that way and became a top tier endurance athlete. So sweet."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnybb6x?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">SnoringDogsAndCats</a></p>
The Other Side of the Peak<p>"Never bullied me but apparently was a giant a**hole to everybody. Star football running back, had multiple scholarships to Division I. Then he broke his leg and all the offers evaporated."</p><p>"Went to a DIII school. Had a couple kids, got divorced, then posted all of his old scholarships to Facebook at age 40. Really sad to see."</p><p>"Literally argued with every single person on the reunion Facebook group, everyone told him how much they always hated him."</p><p>"He's now literally insane, posts 30-40 times a day on Facebook of foreign Instagram models with long diatribes about love and life translated into 10 different languages. Posts nearly-nude shots of himself also, most hyping himself up."</p><p>"A dark spiral."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnz4b4e?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">powabiatch</a></p>
Nothing Lasts Forever<p>"He was the most attractive boy in the school. Girls would literally fight to be his girlfriend."</p><p>"Then like Prince William, his free trial of hair and premium face expired and he got downgraded. Basically went from a PS5 to Mr Game and Watch over the course of 5 years"</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gny3zlb?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Fullblackhabit</a></p>
Sometimes you can only open yourself up completely with a person you've never met and may never meet again. That is probably because you owe that person nothing. For a brief time you'll share an intimacy without judgement because there is no baggage. And these moments can be life changing and affirming. You never know how a quick smile or hello will change the course of a person's day.Redditor u/v_rose23 wanted know about the people they've encountered that left a lasting impression though by asking... What's the nicest interaction you've ever had with a stranger?
A Grand Family<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY3NDU5OC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNzY2MzczNn0.aHhYF9fLkI0j1F09IYLrTyThPb7RTunEMWzOgdaK3aM/img.gif?width=980" id="5b0e6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a1c394d26cf82c4f7438f99f0eacc152" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />Dance Dancing GIF by The WigglesGiphy<p>When I was a kid me and my family travelled around Ireland for a bit. When it came time to get the ferry back to England, our van broke down and we missed it. There wouldn't be another ferry for two weeks.</p><p>The Irish family whose house we broke down outside of took all six of us in for two weeks and never asked for anything in return. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lpo7ht/whats_the_nicest_interaction_youve_ever_had_with/gocq2l7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Douglasqqq</a></p>
"I've had a rough few days"<p>i was staying in a homeless shelter and i'd just cut my abusive mother out my life. i felt like absolute crap and decided to sit in Mcdonald's for a few hours just to kill time. i'm sitting there and this wee girl (maybe about 5) comes up to me and asks me why i look so sad. i don't want to bum this kid out so i just say "i've had a rough few days" she says to me "wait there, i wanna ask my mum something" so she runs back up to me a moment later and hands me a balloon. i'm a bit confused and try to say "thanks but it's your balloon, I don't wanna take that away from you" but she's absolutely certain this balloon will make me happy. </p>
Hours in the Rain...<p>I spent 10 hours total in Ireland once and in that time I got rained on for three hours and wind destroyed my umbrella, had a splitting headache and nearly pissed my pants, saved an old guy's seat in the top tower of the St. James' Gate Brewery and he ended up giving my wife and I free tickets for a bus tour, came with us and became our tour guide for the day. Brian, you were awesome.</p><p>Ireland seems great for these moments but I hear stories like this from all over the world and it makes me feel so much better about things. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lpo7ht/whats_the_nicest_interaction_youve_ever_had_with/godqvvg?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">mechapoitier</a></p>
Rock, paper, Scissor<p>I was searching for a parking space in the city where parking spaces are rare.</p><p>Just as I found one and set my blinker another guy coming from the other direction set his too.</p><p>We looked at each other undecided for a moment, then I signaled a rock paper scissor game through my front window. He immediately understood and we played one round. He won the game so I still had no parking space, but the interaction made my day! </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lpo7ht/whats_the_nicest_interaction_youve_ever_had_with/goch2dr?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">JACKTheHECK</a></p>
When in Walmart...<p>I walked down the toaster aisle at Wal Mart a couple of summers ago and an elderly woman was trying to make a selection. She stopped me and asked me my opinion. Until then, I hadn't noticed that there were so many choices in toasters available nowadays. We discussed the various merits of each toaster and hit upon the type that also toasted bagels as her son's family visited throughout the year and they enjoyed bagels for breakfast and she would love to provide that for them.<span></span></p>
Going Home<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY3NDYwMi9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MjMwNTcwNn0.3ESMS1o4XWeU6GLItmvo4yHAY4-fpJcchi_GIiIesv8/img.gif?width=980" id="64459" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1ffff378a0fbade33f3307bc7492e1bb" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="400" data-height="200" />Tom Hanks Hello GIFGiphy<p>I was in Denver's International Airport and me and my dad were on standby the entire day.</p><p>First flight home we tried was early 4am. Then we tried four more throughout the day. As an 7 year old little boy, i remember feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and just exhausted because i wanted to go home so badly. My dad bought food at one of the restaurants in the airport to cheer me up but i remember crying and bawling to my dad saying "i just want to go home."<span></span></p>
Take my Handiwork...<p>On weekdays when I did my daily practice, a lady I didn't know would sit in a pew knitting afghans.</p><p>She'd listen to the organ music and knit, sometimes for 2-3 hours at a time.</p><p>One day, she came up to the organ console in the church's choir loft and introduced herself, showing me her finished afghan - a truly beautiful piece of handiwork.</p><p>She said, "I knit this for you as a gift in appreciation for your music. I look forward to hearing you practice each day."</p><p>When I look at that afghan now, I still see her sweet face, smile, and genuine kindness. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lpo7ht/whats_the_nicest_interaction_youve_ever_had_with/gocof5o?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Back2Bach</a></p>
the lovely soul<p>15 years ago, I was on my first solo travel trip and I was walking along the pavement of this quiet residential area in Bangkok and it started raining heavily and this man with an umbrella who must have been walking behind me was suddenly at my side and we shared his umbrella for a few blocks and neither of us said anything because we didn't speak each other's languages and then when we parted ways we both smiled at each other and I remember thinking that this man's lovely, kind soul was visible both in his actions and his smile. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lpo7ht/whats_the_nicest_interaction_youve_ever_had_with/gocrc3t?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">kartoffelly</a></p>
The Rear End<p>I rear-ended a woman on my way home from work once. I was in the middle of a heated conversation with my passenger, came upon a line of cars at a red light, slammed on my brakes but just couldn't stop in time. The whole thing was my fault, nothing but stupidity and negligence. No serious damage but I hit her hard enough to make her car rock forward.</p>
Good Luck Friend<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY3NDU3Ni9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3NjY0NDY5NH0.MUFILNbUaFgggXs3Lltqlb0bJKere_0z8HyxlpZbUOM/img.gif?width=980" id="810b2" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="80f89579d5668b465f9f335f0502873d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="267" />Mel B Good Luck GIF by America's Got TalentGiphy<p>I took a motorcycle taxi in Bali. Haggled with the guy who wanted a bit more money than I thought the trip was worth. Jumped on the back of the bike and chatted as we rode along. </p>
Beware of every single flash bulb pointed in your direction. And think not twice, but five times before you post anything of yourself on the internet, especially if it's in a certain "delicate or salacious" nature. This isn't the twentieth century anymore, when you could just burn a poorly thought out polaroid. And of course there seems to be an uptick in everyone just freely exposing themselves to the world... for free. The internet means it all lives forever. Be ready.Redditor u/BrixtonsFinest2 wanted to hear from everyone out there who has been witness to seeing their online and private lives collide by asking... People who post NSFW content: Has anyone from your real life ever found out? What happened?
Whateves...<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY3NDUyNS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NTg2NzMxN30.YfKmyJ-5Fpbt5Yg4WMiQ9p9Spe5p1bakWsy39YaYK9k/img.gif?width=980" id="314fa" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="07976f6c592412d8daf76556741a31ba" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="370" data-height="288" />shania twain whatever GIFGiphy<p>I once accidentally sent to a friend with the same name as an ex. After explaining the mistake he asked if he could have more. I ended up sending a few more. It weirdly never became sexual between us. He was just like thank you and we moved on lol. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lplhjc/people_who_post_nsfw_content_has_anyone_from_your/gobxm3l?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">justapples95</a></p>
Mark of the Beast<p>A customer got pissed off at me and posted my video to a bunch of porn sites once. A friend who knew what I did found the video and let me know so that I could get it taken down. Interestingly, I've never had sex with this friend before, but I've taken my clothes off around him enough that he was able to recognize a birthmark that I have even though I wasn't showing my face. Another funny part of this is that before telling me that he'd found my video, he spent a minute explaining why he had searched stuff that led him to finding the video (the video was kinda kinky and taboo). </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lplhjc/people_who_post_nsfw_content_has_anyone_from_your/gocpt82?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Minaowl</a></p>
OMG!<p>One of the lawyers at my previous job sent me something by mistake. It was only a 'lewd', what she was wearing was lace and you can <em>kind of</em> see through it but nothing too revealing.</p><p>I sent her a text back saying "Uh, don't be embarrassed, but I don't think you meant to send this to me." She replied back "OH MY GOD I'M SO SORRY!!!" Told her not to worry about it. Then she texted "do you at least think my boyfriend will like it?" with a bunch of cry-laughing emoji's. I replied "He'd be pretty dumb if he didn't!" Then I deleted the convo. We never mentioned it again afterwards. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lplhjc/people_who_post_nsfw_content_has_anyone_from_your/goc9np3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">bangersnmash13</a></p>
FB Issues<p>I used to have an alternate Facebook account and was in private groups with "T&A" posts. (Tits and A**)</p><p>I used to post a lot of pictures on there (super insecure and lonely part of my life where validation from internet strangers was everything) and some guy found my real account and found my dads account. He sent them all to him. But unbeknownst to him, I was the one who set up my dad's Facebook account so I just logged into it and deleted the messages before he saw them. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lplhjc/people_who_post_nsfw_content_has_anyone_from_your/gocpk42?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">SadGirlPancake</a></p>
The Ponies<p>Well, since I don't plan to run for office I guess I can finally tell <em>this</em> story.</p><p>More than 20 years ago I appeared on a North American cable TV show that was discussing "interesting" sexual behaviours: this episode was about BDSM Pony Play. [ note: if you don't know what Pony Play is then have fun finding out from someone other than me, and no I don't do any BDSM stuff any more I am a much different person now ] :)<span></span></p>
Let's Swap<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY3NDUzMy9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMTcyNTY0OH0.6_maSdd6OiMBpjloeIAOs4mOoMe5vUuWGUx00LbpBw4/img.gif?width=980" id="4b883" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3878caa5a9e0fd92642b2b6245b63126" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="500" data-height="578" />So Excited Reaction GIF by OriginalsGiphy<p>Several years ago, I described a fairly NSFW situation that took place – appropriately enough – at my job.</p><p>Someone who used to work at the same place (and who had been present for the event in question) read my account, recognized the details, and reached out to me, intent on confirming that we knew each other.</p><p>We wound up swapping a few messages, then wishing one another well.</p><p>It was pretty dull, actually... but we both had a good laugh about the situation. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lplhjc/people_who_post_nsfw_content_has_anyone_from_your/gobz783?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">RamsesThePigeon</a></p>
That Pic<p>Accidentally sent a penis pic to a good female friend of mine that had the same name of the chick I was dating. She asked what the hell I was doing I told her it was a mistake and asked her to delete it. She said she did.</p><p>Fast forward a couple months after her and I broke up and I get a pic of my friend in lingerie. I politely ask her what she is doing and she said sent it by mistake. The next day, same thing. After the third day she tells me she didn't send it to me by mistake. We started dating shortly after that. Found out that she saved that pic I sent instead of deleting it. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lplhjc/people_who_post_nsfw_content_has_anyone_from_your/gocqktx?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">kobester1985</a></p>
The Prude Meltdown<p>I post on a social platform that is for adults and their various kinks. Funniest thing was when my husband and I were dating and started getting serious, he showed me his profile to explain and let me know a bit more about what he was into. I laughed and showed him my profile. Apparently we had both created profiles about a week or two before we met on a different site in a chatroom. Then there was the time at one of my old jobs where my co-workers found out that my husband and I were on there and one person had a prude meltdown freaking out about how terrible and unnatural it was to do various things. <span></span></p>
We were on a break...<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY3NDUxOS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2NDkyMTU5NH0.og3lsnN2H3H8uBIaPRTnia7l_e55UH6FpPh59uhG_hk/img.gif?width=980" id="90205" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0d148d282a273b8623a1ec68e90a1199" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="160" data-height="160" />break up GIFGiphy<p>I briefly posted on <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/gonewild/" target="_blank">r/gonewild</a>, when my now husband and I were broken up for 7 months. A friend of my husband's saw it, but didn't bring it up until a couple of years later. We all had a good laugh about it. I'm not really shy about people seeing me naked. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lplhjc/people_who_post_nsfw_content_has_anyone_from_your/goddt04?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">both-and-neither</a></p>
It’s weird how much stuff we let slide when we’re kids. Even if you look at the TV shows we watched back then, we had such a high threshold for the bizarre (early 2000’s Nickelodeon, anyone?). So it’s no surprise that some of us straight-up didn’t react when we saw weird crap in person.
Here are a few wild examples of seemingly harmless things we saw as kids that would be horrifying to see now. Brace yourself, this one gets crazy.
Kids and water aren’t a great mix sometimes. It can get real gross, real quick.
Not worth the tranquility.
I've always loved the tranquil feeling of being under water. When I was a kid I would just hold my breath and float around. Sometimes adults would think I was drowning and run up and scoop me out. I don't remember this (it was when I was pretty young) but my parents have told me about it
I used to think it was a funny story... people thinking I was drowning when I was just trying to relax
....until I watched a video explaining child drownings and yeah, the way I acted in water looked exactly like a drowned kid.
I don't think it's funny anymore.
Uhhhhhh.....ew?Renee Zellweger Water GIF by Working Title Giphy
Flood water. It was fun and games for the kids, and we even splashed around in it, much to the horror of our parents (who immediately scrubbed us down). We didn't understand then, but now, oh wow...sewer, insects, rats, parasites, etc.
That’s actually hilarious.
My friend and I were walking along the road in about thigh high flood waters. A small boat with two men comes up to us. We were about 9 years old and I think they were National Guard. Anyway, one of the men asks if we remembered exactly where the manholes in the road were. We answered no. He told us that all of the covers had most likely been washed away in the flood but not to worry because it would probably only take them a few days to find our bodies if we were sucked down one of the holes by currents they produced. He spoke in a matter of fact tone and then left.
As an adult, I have zero doubt those two men had a good laugh as they looked back and watched us nope out of that water like two roadrunners in a cartoon.
Edit: It was Fish and Game Wardens. The NG didn't come until later.
Not to mention the crazy injuries that kids somehow are constantly surrounded by.
Had a jogger get hit by a car outside my house once when I was about eight or nine. My nephew came running inside yelling at my parents and my sister to call the ambulance because he was bleeding pretty badly.
I could even see him from our playrooms window and I wondered what he was doing lying on the grass. Turns out he was bleeding out pretty badly, deliriously yelling at my parents when they tried to help.
Eventually, an ambulance came and picked him up, but my parents always told me he made it out okay. The day after, in the spot he was found someone had put a lily in the grass in a vase.
It took me longer than I care to admit to figure out he died from the hit and run.
How sharp were they, though?
A kid f*cking sharpened his fingers with an automatic pencil sharpener at grade 2. Everyone didn't know what was going on until the teacher started freaking out.
I just remembered I tried to stick my finger into electric pencil sharpeners as a kid and disliked how my fingers were too big to fit in it. What the hell was I thinking?
Rock climbing can definitely be dangerous.scared george costanza GIF by HULU Giphy
We did climbing in PE (sixth to eight grade). Like rock climbing and we had to do our own harness and stuff. PE teacher (supposedly) checked it after we were done to make sure it was done right. One day my neighbor broke an arm and leg because she wasn't properly strapped and fell.
This was at an international American school in Egypt around year 2000, for all those wondering what type of school does rock climbing.
Kids are, in fact, made of elastic.
We used to jump of our roof. First time hurt a little, but after a few times you learnt how to land.
Did it regularly and would try various items as 'parachutes' to see if it slows you down any.
I look at that height now and wonder how the hell we never broke anything - kids bones are more elastic I guess.
It’s amazing what adults can get away with right under kids’ noses.
A casual hit-and-run.car japan GIF Giphy
My babysitter was running late to take me to piano lessons and rear ended an old man at a stoplight. She told me that he must not have noticed because he didn't get out of his car. I thought nothing of it, and she drove away and took me to my piano lesson.
I forgot about it, and it didn't click until I remembered the incident years later that I had been unknowingly involved in a hit and run.
Not so much something I saw - but when I was 5 or 6 I was at a family wedding, and there was this really friendly adult guy (who I didn't know) who told me he was really worried about his nice new car in the parking lot and how he wanted to check on the car but didn't want to leave the wedding.
He asked if I could go check on it and he would pay me $5 just to go see if his car was "okay" being that age $5 was a crazy amount of money so I couldn't believe my luck.
On the way to the parking lot, my mom intercepted me and was absolutely horrified, I remember not understanding why, like trying to tell her no she had it wrong he was nice and paying me! And as an adult now I'm like that's so messed up and I wonder how close a call that could have been.
Until the age of 12 my grandma had custody of me. I used to sleep with her and she slept with a baseball bat next to her bed. It wasn't until I was much older that I realized she did it dads friends wouldn't be able to do anything to me.
Dad was a drug addict and drunk and when he was out of prison he had all kinds of people in and out of the house. You would never know what would be missing the next day - often my Nintendo :(
She did everything she could to protect me from God knows who/what and I had zero clue!
Edit: Damn this blew up while I was sleeping!! Thank you so much to everyone for the support :)
Im adding extra details to help understand the situation.
My grandmother was born in 1914, had a third grade education and was a housewife her entire life. She was already 71 when I was born! My grandpa died when I was 4 and it was just her and I. We lived in a tiny 2 bedroom house in a terrible neighborhood. It was paid off and that's all she could afford. She lived off of the social security death benefits from my grandpa and food banks. She couldn't just "leave" and go anywhere else.
Also, for those suggesting she should have called the cops - cops don't do anything if you say "I'm scared these guys will do something bad" cops have to wait till something bad happens.
She did her very best and raised my right! Now my father is back in prison (shocker) and is pissed at me for not letting the past be in the past and welcoming him with open arms. Meanwhile I'm a 2x college graduate with a great job, my own house and recently married! She definitely did something right. Unfortunately she died when I was 12. Id give anything to be able to tell her how grateful I am to her for doing everything right.
We see some scary stuff as kids. No wonder most of us are so messed up years later. Often these things don’t even register as something terrible- a lot of times, the things we witnessed were just a part of life.
The best we can do is to take our trauma, and learn from it, so we don’t pass it down to our own children. Because kids don’t deserve it- they deserve to have happy childhoods and not think about the horrors of the world.