"What's a disturbing trend you are seeing and why?" –– That was today's burning question from Redditor F00dBasics, and people had plenty to say.
Consider that back in the day there were people who believed the Beatles were producing Satan's music: That sounds a lot more innocent than social media mobs, doesn't it?
People instantly buying into intentionally anger-inducing media or material. There's nothing inherently wrong with feeling a certain way, but recognize why you're feeling what you're feeling, what caused it, and whether or not it's valid. It's more important than ever to realize when something or someone is just looking to use you by feeding you bait.
"The amount of kids..."
The amount of kids not being parented by their parents and instead being parented by YouTube.
Their minds are developing with exposure to absolute trash media and social concepts with no knowledge shared about how to handle external tuations from their parents. They cry and get cranky and bam there's YouTube in their hands. I've seen this with children as young as 6 months old.
There's some potential, like those cute learning videos, but it's lost when you see a Peppa Pig video edited to murder someone.
"The picture perfect..."Giphy
The picture perfect lives on social media. It's all fake, but can really make some people feel worse about their life when everyone is posting how wonderful their life is.
"Loss of privacy."
Loss of privacy. When you cede to others all your thoughts, conversations, pictures and plans then eventually they will use your own words/pictures to own you. Look around, people, find a balance. Otherwise, we are all just part of a grand oligarchy scheme.
The idea that it's okay to film/photograph someone without their knowledge or consent. You see so many memes where the subject is someone who has know idea they're being made the punchline of a weak joke.
"The world is changing..."
The world is changing faster, and faster. Technology is advancing faster than we can figure out what it's doing to us.
Political extremism, fake news, the negatives of social media, privacy issues, change and simplification of language. Most of the issues stated in this thread stem from technology in one way or another.
20 years ago we envisioned every home would have a PC. Now we're literally living in a reality where the lines between fake and real are being constantly blurred more and more. Everything is a commercial, every one fortifying his corner in the boxing ring of ideas. Ideas are commercials for political agendas, governments and corporations.
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MLMs. These things have gotten worse and more plentiful. Our government is only getting more lenient with them. Not surprising since a member of our government is from a founding family of one of the worst MLMs: Amway.
"That not all data is equal."
That not all data is equal. People like when data represents their confirmation bias. The issue is anyone can publish anything. Without a way to reproduce or validate the findings it's junk data. This junk data gets posted on social media and media sites and people believe it.
This is what causes fake news, climate denial, anti vaxx, and every other conspiracy theory.
"People becoming disconnected..."
People becoming disconnected and isolated from real-world connection and in-person relationships in favor of social media and internet friends.
Each have their place, but it can easily shift into unhealthy territory when the majority of your interactions happen in front of a screen rather than face-to-face.
Poor grammar and spelling. It's related to texting and online communication. Just read somewhere that 26% of college graduates are writing deficient. That is, they couldn't even accomplish the basic writing tasks of the jobs that they were hired for proficiently.
America is in quite a state right now.
We are hurting in ways we've never hurt before.
And getting better doesn't seem like an option on the horizon.
America gets a lot wrong everyday.
But, maybe let's try to focus on what America does right.
Maybe it can be a little comfort in times of struggle.
People from all over the world want to live here.
Redditor Ulrich-Stern wanted to discuss the best of America. They asked:
"What does the United States get right?"
I think America certainly has a strong work ethic. We know how to work and win.
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"Our public libraries are a real backbone for the country."
'restore' or 'create'
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We do do films well. That is a big plus.
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"The United States adopts more children than the rest of the world combined."
"Burgers. Motherfreakin' burgers."
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Maybe America isn't the hot mess a lot of people think it is. We'll see...
Sex is an important part of life.
That is just a fact.
But sex is also about connection and intimacy.
So it's not a surprise when many relationships take a hit after the sex dries up.
It's not something to ignore.
It's the biggest problem in the world, but partners should discuss it.
"Would you be in a sexless relationship? What circumstance would you find acceptable for this?"
Sex is fun. And when the sex stopped in my relationships... so did the fun. But that is just me.
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"I'm over 80."
"There’s a lot of people that are going to be real shocked once they hit their 70s."
"I had rectal cancer and because of the surgery I can no longer get an erection, it's very lonely."
"I'm in one now. My husband had a stroke... no sex is not the big problem for either one of us."
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"I have a near sexless marriage. The love is strong, but the desire is one-sided. That hurts."
Sexless over loveless is definitely easier. So there is that.
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You play the cards you are dealt
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"I'm in one. Not happy about it, but love is still there so that's nice."
it never happens...
Well I guess some people can make it work. More power to you.
We all have things which get on our nerves.
"What do you find annoying as f*ck?"
Is it so hard to pick up after yourself?
"Habitual litterers."- SuvenPan
"When people don’t clean up after themselves."- cheeto_has_spoken
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen
"People that can dish it but can’t take it."
"I work with a dude like this and it’s terrible."- MF_GhidraTea Time Reaction GIF by Kamie CrawfordGiphy
Never judge something by it's size.
"When mosquitoes fly by ur ears."- AxcesDrifter
Back to where we started...
"The Reddit app when it scrolls back up to the top of the 65 TRILLION FKN articles you’ve read."
"It should burn the articles as you read them."- Deathdar1577
Take some responsibility!
"A person's inability to say sorry."- rohankentsorry kristen wiig GIFGiphy
Get out of the way!
"People who leave the f*cking shopping carts in middle of the f*cking aisle!"- otherm0ther
But enough about me, what do you think of me?
"People who make it all about themselves."- ExtensionAir7Proud Drag Queen GIF by CameoGiphy
A lost cause
"Willfully ignorant people."- KingZaneTheStrange
Most of the time it's best to grin and bear it.
But next time you see someone litter, it might be a fine opportunity to let that anger out.
For your sake, and everyone else's.
How many of us heard the old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" as a child?
Or were told by their parents that watching too much television would make your eyes fall out?
"What's the biggest lie ever told that we, as a society, still believe in?"
Justice will be served... won't it?
"What goes around comes around."
"Sometimes it doesn't."- Recent_View6254
"That people get what they deserve, or must deserve what they get."- HugeMcAwesome
It's just a phase.... or is it?
"That acne will go away after your teen years."- One_Arachnid_1256Scared Freak Out GIF by Lillee JeanGiphy
Better cut back on those TV dinners...
"Microwaves give you cancer"- Salt-Significance702
Absolutely no justification.
"That torture is an effective method of extracting information."
"Then goes straight back to doing it."
A little kindness goes a very long way
"That being nice and accommodating is a sign of weakness."- AidilAfham42Be Nice GIF by Susanne LambGiphy
"Square cut or pear shaped, these rocks don't lose their shape..."
"Diamonds are rare which us why they are expensive."
Unrealistic expectations on society
"Go to a great college and get a great job and have a great life."- MewsikMaker
When you just can't hold it any more...
"That there is a chemical you can put in pools that turns blue when you pee."- Sad_Cherry2884GIF by South Park Giphy
As the saying goes, you can't believe everything you read.
But for the sake of others, still best to avoid peeing in pools.