19 Harmful Things Society Loves – And Why We Need to Rethink Them

Some situations seem much more pleasant or heroic in movies than they are in reality. Someone recently asked an online forum, “What do you wish society would stop glorifying or romanticizing?” Here are the most popular 19 responses. 

Working yourself to death

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I do not do anything more than asked or required. No, I am not being lazy. I am enjoying my life.”

“Amen. Working yourself to the bones for corporations who won’t think twice before laying you off makes no sense.”

Toxic relationships

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Ah, ‘the ride or die.’”

High school 

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When I was in high school, and people told me it was the best time of my life, it almost made me suicidal.”

“It DID make me suicidal. I had the worst time of my life in high school. And people were constantly telling me, ‘Aw, honey, you’ll look back on these years as the best years of your life!’”

Mental illnesses

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A lot of people seem to think depression means being sad all the time. Which isn’t wrong, to be fair. It’s just more like being attacked by the dementors from Harry Potter (like you’ll never be cheerful again). I read that those were actually supposed to symbolize depression.”

“Mental illness in general. Think people are super interesting and creative geniuses because they are ‘crazy’? Nope. Sucks a big one. You can’t hold a job when you don’t know if you will be able to leave the house day to day.”

Having a temper

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“People thinking their bad tempers are impressive and how ‘I’m a quiet chill person untill you annoy me.’ You sound like edgy tweens trying way too hard. Just stop.”

“Translates to ‘I have anger issues.’”

OCD

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Thank you. I’m so sick of people being like, ‘I have to have my pictures straight! Just my OCD! No. That’s called not being a slob. OCD is washing your hands every time you touch something, so much so that your hands begin to bleed.”

‘OCD’ has just turned into a colloquialism – it doesn’t mean people actually think they have a disorder.”

Perseverance when a woman has said no

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The girl has said ‘no,’ but if you keep trying, maybe throw in some illegal stuff like stalking, and you’ll get her in the end.”

“Super annoying! She clearly doesn’t like you, but yes, be a creep, and maybe she’ll pity you enough to say yeah.”

Eating disorders

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They’re not fun, and they’re not pretty. It’s not a ‘diet.’ It’s a mental illness that I have to live and go through every day.”

“They don’t know the mental and emotional toll it comes with. Some people treat it as a quick and easy diet.”

Movies where women change the male protagonist

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Movies where women ‘save’ the male protagonist, changing his entire perspective on life, thus changing him to be a better man… The man she always wanted. The man she always knew he could be. OVER IT, change the record.”

She is always quirky, breaks the rules, rides a bike… blah blah blah. I’m over it.”

Child beauty pageants

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The fact that some parents force their kids to go to Beauty Pageants for their own financial gain is just disgusting to me.”

Suicide

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It’s like a trend now, and coming from someone whose family was shattered by suicide, it is sadder and much more serious than pop culture (Film, TV, etc.) portrays it to be.”

“The show 13 Reasons Why still annoys me so much because of this. And people still watch it! It’s sad.”

Talentless celebrities

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Stop glorifying talentless useless ‘celebrities’ and making them famous.”

Drinking alcohol

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I think it’s ridiculous that, when someone abstains from drinking alcohol, they are pressured to have some kind of specific reason they don’t drink. Why isn’t ‘I don’t want to consume this drug’ good enough?”

“Yeah, for real. I spent my whole life believing that it was this magical, amazing liquid that everybody could not get enough of. It turns out it just makes you dizzy, nauseated, dumb, and unable to sleep.”

The Tiger King

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People like this ‘Tiger King” fellow… why do people who do such horrible things end up with Netflix specials?”

They get a lot of attention, but it’s just for all the wrong reasons.”

Abusive relationships

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Abusive relationships on TV. Specifically, the idea that it’s a woman’s job to ‘fix’ their abuser.”

Cheating

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It’s not cute, funny, cool, understandable, or glamorous. It’s the nastiest thing you can do to a trusting partner. It ruins people emotionally, destroys families, messes up children, and spreads diseases. Nothing worse than a lowlife cheater.”

“Instagram is full of ‘when your side part meets your main girl’ nonsense.”

Having a soulmate

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“It’s like people have forgotten how hard it is to find somebody who wants to spend the rest of their life with you. People (especially on TikTok) seem to think they should find their soulmate when they’re around 18-25. They don’t know how hard it will be and that it is bound to take a couple of heartbreaks to get there. If we normalized shorter relationships, then people would get a lot less hung up about it.”

Anti-GMO advertising

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Not only are GMOs perfectly safe, we’ve been genetically modifying food since the onset of agrarian culture, and most importantly, genetically modified foods have saved millions – possibly even billions – of lives.”

“Cavendish Banana is a GMO.”

Being ill

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Any kind of disease, being ill, maybe stuck in the hospital. It’s not fun, and there is literally nothing romantic about it.”

“People can be so ignorant. Like, I’m not terminally ill, but I have a disability, and I hate it. If I could wake up healthy, I would. I’m not brave, I’m just dealing with it because, like you said, there is no choice in it.”

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