Wanna completely ruin your mood? Try thinking about all of the horrors we all need to face in our everyday lives. The things that are constantly creeping in the darkest of places, which could be a lot closer than you think. If you remember to stay aware and stay safe, and you'll probably be fine.
Deleted Reddit user asked: What's the scariest thing going on in our world right now that not enough people know or talk about?
Those statistics are scary enough.
"A quiet epidemic. Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne illness in the US. It is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected black legged tick. It is 6 times more common than HIV/Aids and twice as common as breast cancer. The CDC estimates 300,000 -1million people will be infected this year. I urge anyone reading this to educate themselves so that they can protect themselves and their loved ones. Education and awareness saves lives."
Time to cover those webcams...Giphy
"We no longer have any form of privacy or anonymity no matter how hard we try to keep it."
That sounds terrifying.
"The sterilization crisis in the medical device industry and how it impacts our access to safe medical products, and on top of that how major companies have been off gassing toxic ethylene oxide gas that has been causing cancer in people who live next to factories for years and no one gave a shit."
Well this ruined our day.
"When Texas flooded during hurricane Harvey, there were 13 Superfund sites that got hit. A superfund site is an area where there are hazardous substances or pollutants on a huge scale. A bunch of chemicals got swept away into those flood waters and no one will know the effect for years."
Disgusting, isn't it?
"Active, offending, unprosecuted pedophiles actively creating, sharing and exchanging child porn on the dark web. Over 70k active users. That's at least 70,000 people around the world and that's just ONE site on the dark web."
We all need to do our part to fix this.Giphy
"I'm really afraid our planet will be ruined with all the trash in the ocean, the disappearing forests, the disappearing animals and much more.
I find it really saddening that people are ruining this planet and that the media cares more about stuff like political bullshit and celebrities instead of the health of our nature."
You don't hear about this in the news.
"How all religious groups in China are being put into concentration camps, started with the Muslims, then Christians and then the Jews. Millions of people are being tortured and killed every day based on their beliefs. And yet no body gives two sh!ts. And that scares the f**k out of me."
We wish this wasn't true.
"Government corruption, and how governments are slowly turning against the people. It's only going to get worse, because they are so powerful, and we can't do anything. We can only vote for leaders, we can't vote for what they do. They're all corrupt, every one of them, does not matter who you vote for. Only the ones who are rich and powerful get to participate in the game."
This is sadly very true.Giphy
"It's not really scary (everyone else said the important stuff) but the excess amount of ads and micro transactions in mobile games. I don't think it's healthy for us to be consuming that many ads all the time and I think it needs to be regulated. A lot of these ads are "fun" videos or mini games. Children already don't know when they are being advertised to so disguising an ad like that is kind of sick in a way. I think ads will get worse and spread more into our everyday life. People don't have a lot of money these days so I bet we will see things like schools putting ads on their lockers and buses to raise money, people putting ads on their houses and cars, even tattoos advertising stuff. People are desperate because their jobs can't support them."
"The slow death of the climate that we can prevent. Many people don't believe in climate change, or don't believe that it is man-made, but it is and it is deadly. The proof is in the fact that if it had never happened, we would be in a Literal. F**king. I C E. A G E. That's how much climate change has done, as well as proof that it is manmade. Please. If climate change isn't stopped in a decade or so, everything will be too late. Let's spread the word around to make a change. We are running out of time before we can prevent our own death sentence for all life on Earth."
We all have our moments. Some are just little slip-ups that can just be chalked up to word vomit. Other times, it can completely change the course of your life. No matter what, it's always good to think before you act.
bigred6601 asked: What is one moment when you realized you just f---ed up?
These hit home for a lot of people. Unfortunately, the way we feel about our body affects how we interact with others. With too much focus on the physical in society, intimacy can be a challenge. Especially when we feel like we are always hiding a part of ourselves, literally.
The good news is as isolated as we might feel sometimes, no one is alone in our imperfections. We often exaggerate these 'secrets' in our minds and blow them way out of proportion. It turns out that most of the time, these embarrassing secrets don't matter to the people who care about you, and if they do, then these people shouldn't matter.
Redditor u/HalloumiBus asks:
22-Year-Old Virgin BF Attempts To Guilt GF Into Sex With Crocodile Tears, And The Internet Can't Even
Trigger Warning: This article will mention rape, though not graphically.
There are few things in the world worse than attempting to guilt someone into sex - and I'm zero percent about to list them. One Reddit user's boyfriend of just SIX WEEKS tried to guilt her into sex by claiming that he was suffering from his virginity, she owed him, and that his favorite artist had died that day and his favorite sports team had won a game that day do it was special. Then, when she refused, he sent her pictures of himself crying to prove how much he was "suffering."
She went to Reddit for advice after they talked, he apologized, but she still couldn't let go of how disrespected and disgusted she felt.
Here's her initial post:
We've been together for 6 weeks and we're both still virgins. I'm his first girlfriend and he seems to be suffering from the fact that he's a virgin a lot more than me.
A week ago he texted me and asked if we could meet up for sex for the first time. When I told him that I wasn't ready for sex yet, he started to beg and say that he was suffering from the fact that we haven't had sex and that „a man needs sex". When I wouldn't give in, he sent me photos of him (fake?)-crying to show me how much he's suffering and told me about all the things he has done for me and that now it was my turn to do something for him, meaning having sex with him. I was shocked by his sense of entitlement and disregard for my feelings. I got really weirded out and texted him multiple times that I wasn't ready. He was clearly trying to guilt trip me into having sex with him by acting like he's suffering and I „owe" him.
I finally had enough and told him that I needed more time and if he can't accept that, we need to break up. It was only then that he changed his approach. He told me he was an idiot and didn't want to lose me and apologized for acting the way he did. We then met in person to talk about it, he again apologized repeatedly for what he did and told me that he doesn't care how long he has to wait for sex, it could be one week, month or even year. Apparently, that day was an important date to him, because his favorite musician died and his favorite sports team won a game, and that's why he wanted to lose his virginity on that exact date. What bothers me is that he tried to emotionally manipulate me into have sex with him, and I don't know if I was wrong for accepting his apology. He hasn't mentioned sex since then and asked if we could go on a „normal" date again but what he did is still bothering me. Am I overthinking? Is it just his inexperience with girls and rejection that made him act that way?
Boyfriend is a virgin and started begging for sex
When I wouldn't give in, he tried guilt tripping me into having sex by sending me photos of him crying, implying that I owe him sex.
He then apologized a lot for acting that way but it's still bothering me quite a lot and I don't know if I'm overreacting...
So ... you know how sometimes people are really nice and understanding when they respond to threads? Yeah, this isn't one of those times. They laid into him HARD. Heh. Pun.
Here are some of my favorite responses, edited for language 'cause WOW language. Understandably.