Life changes as we age, and the things that irk us change along with it.

A sound or action that seemed perfectly fine 20 years ago might be the most annoying thing now.

These kinds of shifts in perspective affect all of us as we get older.


Redditor hollowreader asked:

"As you get older, what's something that becomes increasingly annoying?"

Willful Ignorance

"People who refuse to learn new things or educate themselves."

"Willfully ignorant, obtuse, purposefully dense. Whatever you call it, but especially those who are proud or stubborn about it. It's not cute, just grow up and admit you're wrong sometimes. No you're not too old to learn, you're not stuck in your ways, it's not old habits or it used to be fine. You just don't want to change and are stubborn. At least admit it."

-dead_b4_quarantine

"Do you have any idea how many people I meet who don’t bother to simply google something they don’t know. Its so annoying. Someone was shocked when I spent 10 minutes googling honey badgers just because they are interesting. People don’t want to learn anything new."

-jayedgar06

"I pissed off my family for this. They got into an argument about something and I was like 'guys, phone. google. ask it the question. Here's the answer!' and then I showed them that both of them were wrong."

"'Oh, you are insufferable, you don't have to be right all the time.'"

"Thanks, that helps."

-Runa216

Distraction

​"Distractions, they are everywhere and honestly I don't think it's just age that makes them seem like they are increasing. I feel like I'm constantly being distracted by things I'm not interested in."

"Stopped watching television, can't take all the commercials especially the drug ones and political ones."

"Can't the world just let us focus on what's really wrong and let us try to make it better instead of making us turn away."

-MadLintElf

"The new movie on Netflix '[Don't] Look Up' I think it’s called, does a pretty good job of mocking and calling out this very thing."

-DatPlumberDude

Hair And Acne In Unfortunate Places

​"Hair coming out of nose and ears. Like, why the f*ck?"

-howwouldiknow

"Acne in those places. Why?!? They hurt so bad."

-spongeysquarepantis

"Ear pimples are one of the things I hate most in this world. Best way I heard to get rid of them was I believe putting a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol on a q-tip and rubbing it over the spot once/twice a day."

-Datalust5

Noise

"​Noise, so much noise."

-pyroisflame

"Yes, and even worse is noise along with bass vibrations. Especially when you are in bed and almost asleep, then wham, brmmmmm, brmmmmm, brrrrrrrrmmmmmm."

-wiggysbelleza

"Leaf blowers."

-Glittering-Extreme-2

"I hear them every freaking morning non stop until noon, but the sidewalks are still packed with fallen leaves. WTF is going on?!"

-skeptic_witch

Constant Discomfort

​"That some part or other of my body always seems to be in discomfort."

-Arthrine

"I was so excited to have time off from my office chair for xmas break. I thought my back would feel so much better! Too bad I laid in bed so much that my back hurt in a new, different way."

-Costner_Facts

"Nobody tells you that part about growing old. The reason old people moving slowly is a cliche, it's because everything f*cking hurts."

-McFeely_Smackup

Anything But The Damp

"petty stuff like, clothes not drying up completely and they end up smelling damp."

-Damisrilli58

"Why does drying a load of laundry on normal completely dry my sheets one week and then the next week I need to go back and flip them and add 20 minutes??"

-Electronic_Ad5481

"Somewhat related, why do Tupperware lids never fucking dry?! You could leave them for days and there would still be drops of water dripping out from crevices when you take them out of the rack. Never fails to make me grumpy."

-AggravatinCupcake0

We Don't Need To Hear Your Call

"People who not only yell while they’re on the phone, but do this while having their call on speaker in a public place."

-rizcriz

"My god some man did that in the hospital waiting room while I was expecting my aunt to come out of surgery. It was insane. He could have easily left or even talked at a normal volume. Instead he answered 'JERRY HOW THE HECK ARE YOU?!'"

-DigNitty

Seriously, It's 2022

​"How paying bills or doing some basic things have not advanced with technology. Why are there service fees for automated phone payments?"

-bobthepomato

"This really chapped my ass yesterday while trying to pay an ambulance bill. It didn't suck enough that I needed a damn ambulance. It didn't suck enough that I have a huge stack of bills from the hospital stay despite having health insurance."

"To pay the ambulance bill, I had to pay a fee based on how much my bill was. And the option to pay online was a higher percentage than paying over the phone! Ahhh! I was so frustrated!"

-PawsibleCrazyCatLady

"I generally just pay with home banking or a digital wallet and I never got charged. I don't live in America tho."

-LumosLupin

"Not living in America is a great trick for a lot of issues in this thread 😅"

-NilsTillander

Life, The Universe, And Everything

​"Gestures vaguely at everything."

-LondonDude123

"gestures vaguely at self"

-OldAd38

"Found the actual older person."

-distractedchemist

"Im only 25 :( "

-LondonDude123

Technology

​"Getting new technical devices. Geting a brand new phone hardly excites me anymore. I just get annoyed."

-Embarrassed-Oil-5794

"Most of what annoys me with it is not needing 90% of the new 'exciting' features. They're just making the stuff more annoying to use."

-Quackwh*re69

"I feel this, getting a new phone is nice but its always a pain to change everything over. You don't realize how much you have set up on a phone until you have to start back over from fresh. I've had my current phone for two years and am now hitting some limitations with it but the thought of having to go through switching to a new device is half the reason I haven't upgraded yet."

-kolby12309

While our pet peeves and annoyances might change as we age, at least we can take comfort in knowing that it happens to everyone.

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