If people can't bond over what they love, they can usually get it done with what they hate. In this case, the people of Ask Reddit are commiserating over the things they hate, but that — for some unknown psychological compulsion — they publicly claim to love.
Here are some of the best answers from a viral thread that asked: 'What are you convinced people are pretending to enjoy?'
1.) From syrup_slurper:
Having constant drama at work, in friend groups, and elsewhere really can't be all that exciting... can it? If I have one friend causing me too much drama I usually avoid it like it's the plague.
2.) From auximines_minotaur:
Bars and restaurants with loud music and terrible acoustics. What’s the point in being social in a place where they’re trying to make it hard for you to socialize?
3.) From mushroomyakuza:
4.) From No-Manufacturer-552:
Your boss’s jokes.
5.) From TheeMost313:
Podcasts where the hosts just laugh at everything they/other hosts/guests say. Nothing is that funny for that long, dude.
6.) From iupvoteoddnumbers:
Trying to make everything Instagram ready.
I've fallen in that trap before, deleted everything but Reddit.
I'm much happier now living in the moment, watching my kids play instead of taking photos of them, eating my food instead of standing above it trying to take a picture in a crowded restaurant.
Once you stop feeding your ego, a lot of worry stops with it.
7.) From Daflehrer1:
Long-ass, boring videos of their friends' kids.
8.) From ttaborek:
Live action remakes
9.) From ThingCalledLight:
Maintaining their jobs as YouTube, TikTok, Instagram personalities.
I briefly had mild success with a channel on YT 10 years ago and it was nowhere near the level things are now. And I see the production value and the regularity of some of the content. And I just think how much pressure these folks feel to feed the machine or perish.
10.) From Chaacho08:
American talent shows like quite literally “America’s got talent”, and “American Idol”. Who the f*ck are these shows catered to?
The dialogue is cheesy, idiotic, and fake as fuck and the structure doesn’t make sense. Back then it had categories and the contestants would compete against their own groups which at least made it somewhat interesting.
Now? Anything f*cking goes, and you could have a wanna-be jabawacky dance group of about 20 people Vs little Timmy playing a harmonica with his a**hole. It makes no god damn sense.
11.) From Elegant_Development3:
3 hour long church services. Jesus gave the sermon on the mound in like 5 minutes. Get over your ego pastor!
12.) From ApatheticWithoutTheA:
That nasty fermented shark they eat over in Iceland.
13.) From zomgitsduke:
Anything that requires an insane amount of waiting in line. Amusement parks, brunches at fancy places, night clubs, etc.
Like, you're engaging in an a barrier to make the 'thing' you want seem worthwhile.
I dunno, I despise lines.
14.) From SmolBeanorTallQueen:
Playing tag with a four year old. You have to let them win all the time to not make them cry you have to run really slow and you have to look like you're enjoying it.
15.) From occamhanlon:
Baby showers/reveal parties
16.) From Rare_Suspect_5033:
Having a job
17.) From TonyEisner:
Going to a children's performance, especially if their own kids aren't currently on stage
18.) From plague681:
Those big spider-leg eyelashes they pay for and put on.
19.) From Elegant_Development3:
Waking up before dawn, to work out