Reality Check: 20 Experiences You’ve Been Told to Love, But Are Actually Disappointing

Life is filled with lots of fun and new things to do. But sometimes, big events or places we visit aren’t as great as people say they are. A recent internet survey asked, “What experiences in life are completely overrated?” We collected the 20 best answers.

Strip clubs

Strip clubs
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“You pay a woman to get you turned on but not finish the job. You go home alone and poorer. Sounds like torture to me.”

“Going to a strip club is like going to a restaurant only to smell the food.”

“Enduring endless, annoying, high-pressure sales pitches for private dances are not fun.”

Huge Music Festivals

Huge Music Festivals
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“It’s so crowded, everything is expensive, and it’s not nearly as enjoyable as seeing an artist perform at a smaller venue.”

“The camping experience! You’re grimy and dirty and have to poop in disgusting port-a-potties.”

“They used to be amazing. Now they’re just overhyped, commercial trash.”

Graduation

Graduation
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“It starts out like, “Yeah, no more school!” And then it’s like, “Oh no, I don’t have a job.” It really turns on you fast.”

“The prospect of working 40-50 hours a week at a job you don’t really care about for the foreseeable future is pretty dismal. And there aren’t really any milestones or breaks like there were in school. It’s just one day, one week, one month, and one year at a time.”

New Year’s Eve

New Year_s Eve
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“We just use it as an excuse to dress up and throw a big party every year. The occasion itself isn’t really that important; just a touchstone shared by a lot of people that can be used as a rallying call to get fancy-hammered.”

“Totally agree. The sun still comes up and goes down like any other day.”

Prom

Prom
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“I went to four of them. It was four too many. It’s not always terrible, but it is overrated.”

“I didn’t go and wish that I had. I know it was bad, and no one actually had fun. But so many people have this relatable lame experience, and I don’t.”

“I didn’t go, and I don’t regret it. All it is, is a supervised party with a dress code, no alcohol or weed, and music you can’t change.”

Eating a Twinkie

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“I spent 20 years seeing them on American TV and film. When I saw them imported, I lost my mind; at last, I, too, would share the glory! But it was so very average.”

“Watching Zombieland gave me such unrealistic expectations for how amazing Twinkies were going to be. There are much better snacks available.”

College

College
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“Not everyone will get a wonderful experience. Those who don’t have to worry about finances, aid, working, grades, and personal problems can actually make college work for them. I know everyone’s different, but I totally agree that it’s not for everybody.”

“Working a ton to finance school and always worrying about how to afford next semester will kill you. That leads to less than stellar grades, which lead to panic attacks.”

Sweet Sixteen

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“Is that just an American thing? Who really cares that someone is now 16?”

“In Belgium, we get to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and have sex legally. Driving is not allowed until we’re 18, though. Still, no one makes a big fuss about it.”

Losing Your Virginity

Losing Your Virginity
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“This doesn’t equate to sex in general. The first time is awkward, with both people most likely unsatisfied. What you have been building up sex to be was a total disaster the first time. Once you get it over with, losing your virginity is not a big deal.”

“I have to agree. I was a virgin until I was 21, and I finally managed to hook up with someone. The sex was way too short and disappointing.”

Teenage Years

Teenage Years
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“I was so angry and brimming with angst that I couldn’t get much enjoyment out of that lack of responsibility.”

“Adults told me they were the best years of my life. It got me contemplating suicide. Turns out they were fools, and the only thing better than college has been life after college. Each year gets better.”

First day of school

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“Apparently, it’s supposed to be something fun that you should look forward to. But that’s a lie told to protect children from the horrible truth.”

“In Germany, they give kids a giant cone full of candy, which they call a ‘Schultüte.’ If in America I had got something like that on my first day, I may have liked it a little more.”

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon
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“Seeing the Grand Canyon is so disappointing. You drive all the way out there, and then it’s just like, “Well, there it is.” And then you drive all the way back.”

“It’s a big hole. It’s kind of neat for all of 20 mins. Unless you go hiking, it’s boring.”

“Grand Canyon? More like ‘Okay Canyon!'”

Wedding Day

Wedding Day
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“For most people, the actual day of the wedding is incredibly stressful, and you just want to get it over with. My husband and I were so sick of wedding planning that we just wanted it behind us so we could go on vacation. Next time, I’m eloping.”

“Every single person who mocked our four-person civil ceremony has told me that they deeply regret blowing all the money they did on their big, traditional wedding.”

Turning 21

Turning 21
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“You go from paying 10$ for a night of drinking at parties to $60 for a night at bars.”

“That’s how I think I will feel. I’m 20, and I’ll be 21 in July, but I’ve been so drunk before already, plenty of times. Turning 21 will just make it possible for me to sip a beer at Taco Mac now. I don’t even really want to get drunk on my birthday; I’m all partied out now.”

Las Vegas

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“I feel like Vegas is only fun once every few years unless you really like nightclubs and drinking or are really good at gambling.”

“Agreed. Not a clubber, not much of a drinker, find little utility in flushing hundreds away to the casinos… It was a fun stop, but definitely, never a destination I’d seek out again.”

Being Rich

Being Rich
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“I just won a lot of money. I ended up not really changing anything. I realized I only need the amount of money that continues my lifestyle and allows me to travel.”

“I don’t need a nicer car, my clothes are comfy, my belongings hold sentimental value, I have enough toys, my house feels like home, and I am not restricted in any way. I don’t need to be rich.”

Night Clubs

Night Clubs
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“I’ve been to a few, and maybe they were bad, or I don’t have the right mindset, but I really want to like the scene, and I just haven’t been able to.”

“It’s too loud and too hot, and everyone is so much older than you would expect.”

“I had to buy decent earplugs just for going to clubs. I could take the smell, the lack of conversation, and the risk of vomit on my shoes, but no way was I going to get tinnitus.”

Your First Love

Your First Love
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“My first relationship was the single most painful thing in my life. No one has ever made me feel so bad about myself. I wanted so badly to make someone else happy that I forgot about myself.”

“That’s my opinion. It won’t be amazing and all you can ask for, like your grandparents.”

Drinking Champagne

Drinking Champagne
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“Not so much an experience unto itself, but most definitely overrated. I swear it all tastes completely unremarkable and is the only drink that gives me guaranteed heartburn.”

“They gave me a glass of champagne in the limo. I took like two sips before setting it down. I’m not a fan of really any alcohol, and champagne is definitely not an exception.”

Sleeping around

Sleeping around
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“Lots of young men want to do this to prove something to themselves and to others. It’s better when you have a nice connection with someone.”

“Agreed, but I do enjoy the early part of a relationship. Nothing quite matches that initial feeling of requited love/lust. You are never as head over heels as the first week or two.”

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