People pride themselves on having unique interests. It sets them apart from the rest of the herd.
So it makes sense a person would become upset when something they thought they had exclusivity over – like enjoying a niche music artist – suddenly became popular.
Redditor aakkii911 sought input from strangers on the internet by asking:
Examples varied from hordes descending upon national parks to the exploitation of Christmas sweaters.
Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar?
"Buying concert tickets."
"As soon as any band announces a tour, there are literally legions of people who will buy tickets in bulk just to try and resell them for a higher price. This causes others to watch anxiously at the ticket sell date so they can grab them before theyre gone which only causes more scalpers to anxiously wait for the sell date so they can beat the die hard fans. Last time Tool went on tour in my state, tickets were sold out within minutes."
"EDIT: not just tickets, everything apparently."
"Not quite there yet but will be soon: National Parks. Too many people who don't follow the rules, especially the ones on littering."
"All small games. When they get popular, they get flooded with hackers. It's kind of sad honestly."
"Storage unit auctions. Everyone and their brother/sister/cousin etc thought they could make a killing after watching Storage Wars or one of the others. What used to be 10-20 people went to 100+. Units that used to sell for $250 were now selling for $1000."
"Completely ruined it for me. I just did it as a side thing, mostly looking for tools I wanted, plus I liked looking through peoples sh*t once I owned it."
"Instagram and Twitter used to be extremely fun when they were new, but as the years have gone by, I find myself rarely hopping on now."
"Nowadays, everybody wants to be an influencer or someone "important" and it's ruined the platforms."
"Everest. People are literally dying because the summit runs are so crowded. You don't need to be skilled or physically fit, just rich enough to afford a sherpa or 2. It's the perfect time to leave your corpse on the tallest peak in the world to be preserved in your foolish endeavor forever."
Tacky Holiday Sweaters
"ugly Christmas sweaters. Used to have to be legit. Now they out here selling purposely made ugly sweaters at Target. boo."
"Basically just about any obscure subculture. It's cool at first because its underground and the people it attracts are very sincere and passionate about their interests. Then it goes mainstream and corporations start to monetize it and it loses its creative edge in order to appeal to the masses."
"Small plates at restaurants. It used to be a novelty, reserved for tapas."
"The last ten years it seems like most 'trendy' restaurants have adopted the exact same formula everywhere:"
"Hello! Welcome to Fig & Driftwood! Have you dined with us before? Our dishes are designed to be shared, we typically recommend 4-6 per person. The kitchen is free flowing and dishes come out as they're prepared. Chef also has a tasting menu tonight, which is a selection of three dishes from each course. The tasting is $75 per person and everyone at the table has to participate."
"It was cool the first few times, kind of. Now I long for ordering an entree for myself and not having to pass plates around a table to share. It's also way more expensive than it should be once the final bill comes."
"Using the phrase 'Karen.'"
"It's very quickly turned into another way to call women bitches without getting called out."
"Becoming an influencer. You know you have a problem when anyone is are getting sponsored for dressing up like Nova girls on instagram and booty popping to WAP on tiktok."
"Facebook. It started out as a place for college (and later highschool) kids to socialize, gossip, talk to each other. Then the other generations started joining and the news took notice. It wasn't before long that posts started getting political and people started getting fired over what they said online. A few years later and the college/highschool kids of today prefer other platforms over Facebook while the baby-boomers have embraced it."
Guilty As Charged
"Reddit. Used to be we'd post interesting, conversation worthy material that was upvoted or downvoted based on merit and the ability to generate discussion."
"Now it's mostly the opposite. Post something banal that the hive mind can consume within 5 seconds, forget about, and move on from."
Exploitation Of Animals
"Some people are literally not cut out for owning pets; they don't have the physical or mental capacity to properly take care of them."
"Also it has promoted puppy mills to run rampant across the country. (really makes my blood BOIL)"
Mental Health Conditions
"Validating and talking about mental health. Let me preface this by saying I have a mental health background as well as my own issues. But I got so f'king tired of people being like 'oh I'm so OCD lols' or 'God I'm just so depressed today!!' Like no... no you're not. Unless what you have significantly impacts your ability to function in normal every day life you do not have a mental illness."
"Fidget Spinners, they had a purpose for people with specific disabilities, but do to becoming a fad those same people started getting them taken away."