Society is an ever-shifting landscape of trends, traditions, rituals, and norms. Change is the name of the game, but for some people, change doesn’t happen fast enough. Redditor Jimjoe1 asked people what modern social trends anger them the most, and they couldn’t wait to share their real thoughts and feelings about what they feel is wrong with the world.

We’ve collected the best responses below, so have a read through them and tell us what you think, dear Pandas. Remember to upvote the ones you agree with and be sure to drop us a comment with how you’d personally answer Jimjoe1’s question.

Pssst, spoiler warning, plenty of these people think that social media and attention-seeking are some of the fundamental ills of the times that we live in. Read on for Bored Panda’s interview about our desire to be seen and adored on social media with an expert in history. If you think our fascination with wanting attention is something new, you’re in for a rough awakening.

#1

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Treating opinion as fact and fact as opinion

Psychological_Bat865 , GoToVan Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Awesome court ruling here recently: judge deemed a mother's own 'googling and internet research' was not sufficient to deny her children vaccines, esp measles after a 2019 outbreak (NB this parent also rejected haircuts and dental care for kids until forced to[free of charge of course]). Judge basically said if I allow your (mum) opinion to be equivalent to that of a genuine specialist witness, then what is the point of these special experts? Anyone could start to claim to be an expert, too dangerous a precedent. Kids are getting vaccinated. Awful that it had to be done like this. She said they had natural immunity and didn't need vaccines, as her kids hadn't ever gotten the illnesses, and had been given 'holistic vaccines' whatever the hell those are 🤦‍♀️

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#2

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends The whole instagram influencer thing. Why are we following these people??

rburgundy69 , Kate Torline Report

Monic Krugell
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1 month ago

Exactly, what made them experts to give healthy informed advise on how to live your life?

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#3

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Playing music or watching videos in public without headphones. If I go to a park or the beach I want to be able to hear the wind and waves and birds singing, not whatever obnoxious s**t you feel you have the right to subject everyone to.

twcochran , Budgeron Bach Report

Roland Gosselin
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a basic lack of education, TBH.

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Jimjoe1’s thread was incredibly popular on r/AskReddit, getting over 64.4k upvotes at the time of writing and being the top-awarded post on the site. Other redditors gifted the user more than 340 awards and we can definitely see that number getting higher as the thread continues to get more and more attention online.

Bored Panda spoke about social media, people’s desire to look beautiful and ‘perfect,’ and how this is commodified with historian Dr. Jane Nicholas from St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo.

According to Dr. Nicholas, seeking perfection isn’t a new idea: it’s long been sold as an attainable ideal. Something that’s within our grasp and could be ours if we just tried harder (or… spent more).

#4

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Gender reveal.
Especially when people react badly. Imagine being a kid and coming across a video of one of your parents having a tantrum because you aren’t they gender they wanted you to be.

ScienceFactsNumbers , BARBARA RIBEIRO Report

Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine being the kid who’s parents started a wildfire or accidentally killed someone at your gender reveal. Some people are so narrow minded, selfish and just beyond stupid.

𝕊𝕒𝕞 (𝕋𝕙𝕖𝕪/𝕋𝕙𝕖𝕞)
1 month ago

Imagine being the kid whose parents accidentally burned down half of California and then you turned out to be trans

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Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't understand why this "reveal" has to be a special occasion at all... I guess I'm too old-fashioned.

Alyssa
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope, you’re just normal.

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JennyLaRue
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate gender reveals. To all intents and purposes it's celebrating genitals (unless you're maintaining that you maintain gender stereotypes and get really excited by one over the other)

Sergio Bicerra
Community Member
1 month ago

More than genitals, I guess is yet ANOTHER way to recieve attention. A couple of yeara from now people would be celebrating the first poop.

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Our gender reveal if you could call it that was people asking us if we knew what we were having. "Yes, a boy". Mainly done over the phone.

WildHoneyPie
Community Member
1 month ago

We've been to two of these in my family. Both times were truly excruciating to witness. Both were for couples who already had two girls. When the gender reveal revealed, surprise!, a girl, both dads were crushed and acted so disappointed in front of family and friends. One went into a spare bedroom to lie down. The poor moms! If you are going to have a gender reveal why on earth shouldn't the parents find out in private beforehand?

Sergio Bicerra
Community Member
1 month ago

I thought gebder reveals were for the extended families. You tell me now some parents find out just then?? Omg this is crazy. Enormous facepalm.

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Lily Mac
Community Member
1 month ago

It's even more heartbreaking when there are children of the same gender present. There was one in particular where the father actually screamed and went outside afyer finding out it was a girl whilst his daughters sat around the table looking so depressed and disheartened. The mother just tried to laugh it off too. So many kids deserve better.

denzoren
Community Member
1 month ago

I just don't see the point of gender reveal parties. When did it go from an intimate thing between the parents to...let's invite everyone and make a spectacle? Maybe I'm just too old to understand.

Alyssa
Community Member
1 month ago

Stupidest trend ever. So cringey. 🤣🤣🤣

Chris Hardtke
Community Member
1 month ago

No one gives a damn what you push out of your crotch. You’re not special because of it.

McSydney
Community Member
1 month ago

Harsh, but true

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Aliquid A
Community Member
1 month ago

You aren't even revealing the gender, you are revealing the sex. A child is pretty much incapable of expressing gender before 3 years old.

Notorious DBT
Community Member
1 month ago

THANK YOU. They drive me nuts. You're simply finding out whether you can see a penis on an ultrasound or not.

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CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m currently pregnant. My gender reveal consisted of me sending a group text to my close friends and family. Gender reveal parties are stupid

Sergio Bicerra
Community Member
1 month ago

Congrats! On your pregnancy, and for making a sensitive choice.

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Royer Potts
Community Member
1 month ago

Unless you’re a medieval monarch, send a group text.

SBW71
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1 month ago

What ever happened to just telling people? Why all the theatrics? It's irritating.

Adrienne Doyle
Community Member
1 month ago

Even better, waiting until birth, but nobody seems to do that these days.

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Simon Kwan
Community Member
1 month ago

Idiotic. Also, it's sexual biology they're announcing, not gender. Gender is a social construct.

Ozacoter
Community Member
1 month ago

Indeed. Babies don’t have an identity yet so they don’t have a gender more than my dog does. They have a sex (female or male). Still I find it so idiotic and sexist to care about what are the genitals of the baby. It makes me feel that they will treat the baby differently depending on the sex.

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Easily Excitable Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel sorry for the woman who invented the "gender reveal" cake. She meant it to be cute, and now people are burning down forests and building pipe bombs for funsies.

Karl Baxter
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine finding out that your parents are idiots (Mind you, that’s pretty universal...🙂)

Yeah, you heard
Community Member
1 month ago

This is not a modern trend per se, but a modern AMERICAN trend. Elsewhere, people are like "did you ask the sex of the baby at the ultrasound?" "Yeah, it's a girl" "Aw, nice"

Giovanna
Community Member
1 month ago

Exactly

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

I never understood this

Nic Dudley
Community Member
1 month ago

I think it is kinda gross to have a party to find out what genitals a fetus has - isn't there better things to focus on.

Rakjell Hanwell
Community Member
1 month ago

To see how stupid these things are, just suggest to call them 'sex reveal parties', since that is what is actually is going to be revealed, not the gender of the child. Most parents will react really appalled, probably because they realise that all they are announcing is their child having a vagina or penis. Which I find pretty damn gross, tbh. Imagine going through a photo book with your child, when their older, basically telling them 'and that was the day aunt Judy got to know that you have a w***y'. It is absolutely fine to celebrate having a child. It is also fine to celebrate having a boy, girl and anything in between. But it should be done in one party. 'I am having a child. Oh, and they are going to be a girl/boy/...'. Please don't make the sex of your child a bigger part of their personality and self than it actually is.

magnadar
Community Member
1 month ago

How do they work in the LBGT+ times we have now?

Lily Mac
Community Member
1 month ago

The lady that actually started the whole gender reveal thing has come out and said she regrets starting the trend because her "daughter" later came out to be a son and she realised just how silly the whole gender reveal thing is.

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Shell O
Community Member
1 month ago

I just waited until my two were born! Best surprise.

There Is No Planet B
Community Member
1 month ago

Me too!!!

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AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm fine with gender reveals but why the pyro technics? Can't you just bake (or order) a cake like a normal human being?

Johnny
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would you react badly to the unborn child's gender? It's not like your reaction is going to change it.

MyCatsTheRealPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

Right?! I don't understand this at all! All I cared about was that my kids were healthy. Yes once I found out boy/girl I was excited but just because it made things more real for me but It made no difference to me. I love my kids because they are my kids period. People who react badly either are not ready for children or shouldn't be having them at all!

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Blue of the yams
Community Member
1 month ago

This trend also announces to the world you aren't ready for a transgender or intersex baby.

Ozacoter
Community Member
1 month ago

Or to raise your kids without enforcing gender roles.

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

The only gender reveal that has any significance is the one where the doctor says, congratulations, you have a healthy baby girl/boy.

Chodz
Community Member
1 month ago

Every kid gets a gender reveal party, it´s called birth.

FlagCityDiva
Community Member
1 month ago

Or finding the cards people sent after you were born and so many consoling Dad by saying, "You'll get your son next time." But at least no forests or lawns were destroyed or were a Covid super spreader event.

Sanne H.
Community Member
1 month ago

Technically speaking it can only be a sex reveal, not a gender reveal.

Vladimíra Matejová
Community Member
1 month ago

this seems to be purely american thing. I dont like it and thanks god we dont do it here in Europe. I have seen a lot of gender reveals where father was like noooo another girl while his daughters were right there. If I were one of the girls it would hurt me for sure. the children can feel unloved with that reactions you know. plus there is one thing i dont understand: does the mother know? because in some videos the mothers seemed to be surprised too. if they dont know who then orders the cakes,baloons, confetti? the doctor? in my country a lot of mothers decides they dont want to know and it is a surprise for them as well. you dont need to have everything in pink/blue,there are other colors you know

Ozacoter
Community Member
1 month ago

They might hire a person to do it or maybe ask a friend.

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

DIE GENDER REVEAL DIE. Not least b/c they blow things up.

FlagCityDiva
Community Member
1 month ago

Or finding all the congratulations/welcome baby cards your mom saved. Then reading, "You'll get your son next time."

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

What's the point of these events, if it's a boy, you wanted a girl, tough. So long as it's born healthy.

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Isn't that mostly American? Not a thing where i live

Chich
Community Member
1 month ago

Have to wonder what is going to be next? The first bodily function? Brown or Yellow balloons?! OMG! I'm so excited!

Linda HS
Community Member
1 month ago

Some of last year's wildfires were started by a gender reveal party! STOP BEING STUPID!

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

It's just another reason to get people to spend money on you. It's pathetic.

spirit wolf
Community Member
1 month ago

At the end of the day it's all about social media attention seeking at some level or the other.

Brittany Rowe
Community Member
1 month ago

Ugh this irks me! Let’s celebrate the babies genitals!!! Gender stereotyping before they’re even born!! Yeah no...

A
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't understand gender revel parties at all. Baby showers I get. Celebrating a new life, showering the mother with baby gifts.....But to gather as a group to find out if your next door neighbours sister in law's college roomate's baby has a penis or not is bizarre.

Shane S
Community Member
1 month ago

Stop. This. Crap.

Blakkur Sverrir
Community Member
1 month ago

Had some soon to be Grandparents say: No matter the gender, only thing that matters is that the boy is healthy. The have 5 Granddaughtes by now. No Grandson. I like it

Nadine
Community Member
1 month ago

Look at me! Look at me! I can get knocked up!!

ravenswood1000
Community Member
1 month ago

Gender reveal is the most stupid thing folks do.

blugeagua
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Not to mention the fact that gender is nothing more than a social construct and science has proven there are more than two. But also, another reason they're dumb is because what if the kid you have happens to be trans.

The Dave
Community Member
1 month ago

Like this a MILLION times.

UncleRussian
Community Member
1 month ago

Stop doing gender reveal parties! Literally nobody cares that much about the gender of your baby. Simple. Just pick up the phone and call and say "It's a boy/girl!" or text it, DONE! No ifs or buts about it, no, nanda, none. We aren't in the 1940s anymore, we live in the 21st century and we can communicate with people across the damn ocean so no, you don't have an excuse to not just text or call.

Bow, I’m a Slytherin
Community Member
1 month ago

And... y’know, the kid might not identify as their gender assigned at birth. Can’t you just be happy you’re having a kid?!

Jane Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

HATE, HATE, HATE GENDER REVEALS. Yes. I meant to shout.

Pepper Pots
Community Member
1 month ago

Its just another expense I cannot afford

CincyReds
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I truly hate these things. I sound really stupid, but I used to think a gender reveal party is where someone was coming out you now out of the closet. Like they were throwing themselves a party to let everyone know that they were gay or a lesbian

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people reveal with cupcakes. As long as it's safe I refuse to judge you for living your life as you please.

Giovanna
Community Member
1 month ago

There is no such thing in Italy. Anyone cares explain to me how ot works? Like, the parents don't know the gender of the baby and the party is meant for them to find it out?

Denise Morley
Community Member
1 month ago

As far as I understand the lab tech writes down the sex and seals it in an envelope which the parents can then give to the baker (if they go the cake route) or whatever.

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Ruth Peacock
Community Member
1 month ago

Sex, not gender.

Ionut Tautan
Community Member
1 month ago

an old hag told my mother when she was a child that her father (my grandfather) actually wanted a boy instead of a girl. She was scarred for life.

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 month ago

Guy recently was not happy because it was a girl. Ahole

Lisa-Marie Dhondt
Community Member
1 month ago

I’d nuance to ‘excessive gender reveals’ because if it’s like a cake or a box of balloons... that’s just people enjoying the excitement of having a baby.

Night
Community Member
1 month ago

*sex

keepgoing
Community Member
1 month ago

It isn't a gender reveal, it is a sex reveal! These two words are often used incorrectly. Your sex determines whether you are male or female. Gender refers to the behaviours, social constructions etc that are linked to being male or female. So your sex may be female but your gender identity could be male, female, both etc.

Notorious DBT
Community Member
1 month ago

Gender is a social contract. Sex is biological. These so-called gender reveals are actually SEX reveals telling the world that your baby has ovaries or testes.

Chimmels
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s a poitnless fad thats f*****g stupid especially if the kid(s) come out as non binary

Vicious Insect
Community Member
1 month ago

Then change the gender! Boom!

If I could I would live under water
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't get the while gender reveal thing. If I ever got pregnant, only I will know the gender plus partner of course, of her wants to. But no-one else will until the day of birth, because I want only clothes or toys that are both for files and boys lol, none of that pink or blue stuff

If I could I would live under water
Community Member
1 month ago

Autocorrect strikes again: while=whole, her=he, files=girls

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Caroline
Community Member
1 month ago

I had this even before social media. My parents waited until I was born to find out my gender, and when my gran found out I was a girl, she was not happy at all (got over it eventually)

If I could I would live under water
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow that's sad... I wonder why they even told you this?

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Tessa Merkley
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I found out my dad cried when he found out I was a girl when he wanted a boy and it is a really bad feeling

Lynn Morello
Community Member
3 weeks ago

My Idea of a Gender Reveal is the day the baby is actually BORN, and it is the Doctor who reveals the Gender.

Marianne
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Why is it such a big deal in the first place? When I was told the gender of my baby, I was like "Ok, cool. Good to know." I want my baby to be born healthy and what more could I ask for?

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Just have the bakery make a cake with the icing color inside as a surprise. I dont get all the fancy reveals. Its like the asking to go go prom. Or a super specific way of purposing marriage.

Sailor Mew
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I don’t get gender reveal why pink for girl and blue for boy

Karen Lyon
Community Member
1 month ago

Another gawd-awful trend. Weddings that are "events" instead of a celebration of a loving relationship, and this gender revealing BS are high on my list of things that need to just go.The inferno Friday refers to was in my state. There was at least on firefighter whose house burned to ground in that fire. They went off to keep other people safe, and lost theirs own homes. GRRRR.

Fact Perils
Community Member
1 month ago

Plus genders can change, you won't know your child's gender for sure until they're old enough to decide

Mer☕️🧭☕️
Community Member
1 month ago

Never understood this strange obsession with a fetus' genitals.

Niall Mac Iomera
Community Member
1 month ago

Also the fact it's called a gender reveal rather than a sex reveal.

CJ
Community Member
1 month ago

shouldn't it be sex reveal. not gender.

NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

such bullshit

Piper McLean
Community Member
1 month ago

Or finding out your parents murdered a whole bunch of wildlife in a fire

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Fun fact it isn't even gender reveal but sex-reveal. As we al know your genitals have got nothing to do with your gender.

HooowlAtTheMoon
Community Member
1 month ago

Gender reveals are fine, but I agree about the parents reacting badly. If the parents are excited about it, it's nice.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

*shoots passenger airliner down with a missile* It's a BOY!!!

Matt Hollis
Community Member
1 month ago

https://abcnews.go.com/US/explosion-hampshire-quarry-latest-gender-reveal-stunt-wrong/story?id=77276836#:~:text=Explosion%20in%20New%20Hampshire%20quarry%20latest%20gender%2Dreveal%20stunt%20gone%20wrong,-The%20celebratory%20experience&text=The%20family%20inadvertently%20built%20an,could%20be%20heard%20for%20miles.

Pinkjoelle
Community Member
1 month ago

I went to a few gender reveals party, was fun, we had blue, pink or yellow cake and chatted with family while the kids. No tantrums just an excuse to have cake with family.

Carrot Stick
Community Member
1 month ago

My Dadi Ma in a nutshell when she found out that me and my sisters were girls.

Jazzy Mc. Jaz
Community Member
1 month ago

imagine planning a gender reveal but having the baby first and giving them a random name because you didn't plan first

Vladimíra Matejová
Community Member
1 month ago

i dont get it. isnt it possible to plan both boy name and a girl name in advance?

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Anonymousplease
Community Member
1 month ago

I think gender reveals are really stupid. The color of a balloon or whatever can't tell what the baby will want to be labeled as when they grow up

Tracy Wallick
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't really mind these as long as it's small, like coloring the inside of a cake.

Autumn
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m okay with gender reveal parties as long as they aren’t crazy or over the top. You don’t need fireworks and you don’t need to post it on YouTube. Just invite over your family and close friends to cut a dyed cake and discuss names.

Community Member
1 month ago

Out of full honesty, I kinda wanna do one, but I won't do anything crazy and it'll probably just be a small party with my closest friends. Also, if they are boy or girl, I don't care. I'll love them just the same.

Flare
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't mind these, what I do mind are the ones that cause harm to the environment and other people. People should just stick with the classic cake reveal.

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#5

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends People recording themselves doing “charitable acts” like buying a meal or giving money to a homeless person. I can assure you that person does NOT want their face all over social media so you can get clout for being a “good charitable person”. Sure do a good thing like helping the less fortunate but you don’t need to record it and have their face all over social media.

aeb630 , Tom Parsons Report

Monic Krugell
Community Member
1 month ago

Charitable act: A charitable organization or activity helps and supports people who are ill, disabled, or very poor. ADJ n. ...charitable work for the handicapped. 2 adj Someone who is charitable to people is kind or understanding towards them. -- What they are doing is self public relations and not a charitable act at all.

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#6

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends "Don't forget to like and subscribe" or "1 like = 1 prayer" just please f**k right off with that.

AirForceWeirdo , cottonbro Report

Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

thoughts and prayers? How about something that will make a real difference?

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“Many cosmetics, for example, promise the ability to achieve a certain look with their use. Social media is driven by different, more individual forces than traditional media, but it is caught up in many of the same patterns, specifically selling goods,” she explained that there’s a (hidden) economic aspect to social media that drives it forward. So what we’re seeing with influencers and their fixation on making a profit shouldn’t surprise anybody.

The history expert noted that even if we’re smart enough to know that an image posted on social media is “highly manipulated,” this doesn’t mean that we can easily identify it with our own two eyes. “It’s difficult now to distinguish real people from the highly curated image presented on social media,” she said.

#7

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Worshipping billionaires.

shartedmyjorts , Steve Jurvetson Report

troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

Worshiping influencers,/actors.. I just don't get it. It's fine when somebody likes them, but idolizing them? Too far imo

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#8

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Making young children into social media stars. It’s fine to share pictures of your kids with friends, but aggressively documenting and marketing your family life for the public at large is... creepy.

Hermit_Krab , Julia M Cameron Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Awful. These posts and pictures are there forever. The child isn't old enough to consent. Protect their identity, they have rights too! Some sick buggers just use or even adopt children in order to make the videos.

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#9

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Treating depression like a quirky personality type.

SuperTriniGamer , Andrea Piacquadio Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

Or even worse - pretending to be depressed, in order to get sympathy or likes on social media...

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Dr. Nicholas believes that our inability to distinguish between real and highly curated images on social media “reflects something of our true selves now,” implying that things are here to stay. At least for the time being.

But for those of you lamenting that modern society is a nightmare, wishing to go back to the good old days, ask yourselves this: which days exactly are the so-called good old days? Dr. Nicholas told Bored Panda that we’ve all lived with various images of beauty since at least the 1920s, and “these have become parts of ourselves.”

Our modern focus on social media is merely an extension of a long historic fascination with beauty. Similarly, other trends could be seen as continuations or reactions to previous trends once you dig a little deeper. That’s why having a solid foundation in history is vital if you want to make more accurate guesses about the future.

#10

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends How quickly misinformation spreads through social media. It’s seriously a dangerous thing in society and it’s pretty terrifying

bvsshevd , Ivan Samkov Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

"A lie will get half way round the world before the truth gets its boots on"

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#11

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Toxic positivity

“Just be positive!”

Yeah thanks Carol I didn’t realize just staying positive would cure my chemical imbalance

NoStateOfGrace , Andrea Piacquadio Report

Zarin Jashim
Community Member
1 month ago

yeh ,annoying really.

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#12

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends anti-vaccination. When vaccines were first discovered or developed or however you want to say it, they were mostly seen as a scientific break through. A great success. The wonders of man kinds great power and ingenuity. Polio? What polio? But now, it is trendy for many to be now smarter than several years of research and hard work. To know more in 10 minutes on YouTube then someone who has dedicated years of their life to study what other people before then also studied for years of their life and so on and so on. Years of human evolution, growth, study, break-throughs, accomplishments, ground to a halt by some jack wagon with a social media account.

Gharrrrrr , Gustavo Fring Report

Angela Brisebois
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a stroke because I caught whooping cough in an area where there was an outbreak and anti-vax cluster. I can't express how angry I am, years later, at people who refuse to believe that vaccines work/help. I would not wish what happened to me on anyone...how can people take such a stupid chance on themselves/kids/family/friends/strangers? The mind boggles.

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Are the internet and social media to blame for what’s wrong with society? I like to think that they’re merely tools and aren’t inherently good or evil, but we make them so with how we use them. Or, to put it a tad more poetically, they’re funhouse mirrors that reflect and amplify our inner selves.

Social media can be a way to get in touch with long-lost friends and to give a platform for your art. Or it can be an excuse to post endless vapid selfies and to advertise products for monetary gain.

#13

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Food blogs for a simple recipe. I don’t give a f*** about reading a story before reading a recipe

guiltycitizen , Klaus Nielsen Report

Commander OwO
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1 month ago

Agreed. It takes eternity to scroll down to the recipe

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#14

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Family vloggers horrify me. The concept of exploiting your children's lives for views is particularly awful. And because it's a relatively new concept there are no real laws around child labor or exploitation concerning it. There are youtubers out there right now who live in mansions worth millions of dollars that they got from shoving a camera in their toddler's face and demanding them to perform for strangers. I can't even imagine the psychological repercussions this will have on these kids in the future.

AggieChristie , Gage Skidmore Report

Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

I read today about that awful YouTube couple who put their healthy dog down, they apparently backed out of a Thailand adoption because they were forbidden to discuss or show the baby on social media for 12 months. These type of people do not care about children, only chasing money.. https://amp.nine.com.au/article/c2ff7936-818b-47e6-9332-09361787befe

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#15

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Justifying being an a-hole with “it’s just a prank”

brch01 , Polina Zimmerman Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

It's been this way for decades, it was done in the playground before social media

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Similarly, the internet itself is both a vast repository of painstakingly verified knowledge and funny animal videos, as well as a seemingly endless archive of half-truths, rumors, fake news, and gossip. You can’t have the good without the bad. Though it’s always healthy to sit down and think about what you’d change about the world if you could. And then, perhaps, even go out and make those changes into reality.

#16

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends How almost every article is a video rather than an article. I can get to the main point faster reading than it takes for the video to get there.

tekka97 , Andrea Piacquadio Report

Andrea Purzycki
Community Member
1 month ago

This! Especially when I'm looking for a video game walkthrough. I just want to know where this one chest is. Show me a picture, a few sentences about how to find it, and maybe a map. I don't want to scroll through a 20 minute video to find out where this one stupid chest is.

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#17

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends The overgrowth of identity. There’s nothing wrong with being any race, gender or sexuality (or any other thing), but it doesn’t make you any more ‘legitimate’ or more of an authority on anything. I guess I’m just tired of all the deepening divisions. If you get too engrossed in your ‘tribe’ you’ll lose sight of all the other people out there.

cewumu , Kaique Rocha Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

Amen.

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#18

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends The instagram Kardashian body image crap. Those bodies are unachievable without surgery, money, trainers, chefs, etc. Cellulite and love handles exist. Eat healthy, exercise and love who you are with confidence.

Sydneyfire , Eva Rinaldi Report

Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

You forgot filters and photoshop 🙃

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#19

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Basing your entire identity around political parties that don't even represent your interests.

DeathSpiral321 , Benjamin Claverie Report

Thorfin Wolfsbane
Community Member
1 month ago

what's actually worse is people exchanging their religious beliefs for political identity. yes, i'm looking at you conservative christians!

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#20

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Influencers. I can't stand the term, it gives whatever dickhead thinks they are famous a feeling of superiority. Plus everyone seems to be an 'Influencer' and not actually engaging in proper life. Grrr

theundeadworlock , Mateus Campos Felipe Report

Casey Burns
Community Member
1 month ago

Narcissists fueling their egos.

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#21

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends The idea that every one of your hobbies needs to be turned into a side hustle. No one is allowed to simply have hobbies that they love, you have to strive to be good enough to monetize it

snoort , Caroline Feelgood Report

Nat Hedley
Community Member
1 month ago

"If you enjoy something, why not make it a stressful obligation upon which you're financially dependent? Suck all the joy out of your life today with Side Hustle "

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#22

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends When people see someone in distress, instead of helping they whip their phones out and film. Social media and smart phones have absolutely messed this world up.

TankRCDC , Dario Fernandez Ruz Report

N G
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm torn on this. Depending on the source of the distress it may not be appropriate to interfere and filming it instead will be vital evidence. If it's clear that help can and should be provided, then yes, use your phone to call for help and not film.

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#23

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Mommy wine culture. The normalization of needing to drink to tolerate your kids. As a mom who doesn't drink it seems like there is so much normalization of alcoholic behavior that it makes me sad.

bootsandspurs , Elly Fairytale Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Sad and frightened. Parents are the ones who drive their children wherever they need to go, and monitor their activities to ensure they’re safe. Mothers are also the ones who need to be careful about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in any children born after they become alcoholics because they’re dependent on wine—-or whatever alcoholic beverage they move on to—-just to get through the day.

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#24

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Letting little kids have social media (unsupervised). They are not equipped to handle any of it. So many conflicts spawn out of it.

Teddylina , Katerina Holmes Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Never ever. I check all apps for chat functions in any capacity, I know my kid isn't ready. But I know kids around his age (8-12) that use it 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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#25

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Without a doubt, I can't stand cancel culture, gaslighting and the insane oversensitivity shown in social media. I'm going to write it clearly........"If you don't like something, don't watch it, interact with it or have anything to do with it." Just because you don't appreciate what someone has created, it doesn't mean it's your right to remove them and their art entirely. John Cleese said it perfectly "From the point of creativity, if you have to keep thinking which words you can use and which you can't, then that will stifle creativity"

Boomage79 , Clem Onojeghuo Report

Isabella
Community Member
1 month ago

I can not upvote this enough!

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#26

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Public shaming. Terrifying how the blind rage of an anonymous crowd can ruin your life in hours.

Boborbot , Inzmam Khan Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

They used to call these lynch mobs. They used to let you die with some dignity by hanging you and be done with it. Now they ruin your life and salt the earth. In some cases, death might have been a mercy.

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#27

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Words like "victim" and "survivor" being thrown around so much to the point where they are losing their meaning.

Allenrw3 , Andres Ayrton Report

Aga S
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't forget the "struggle" too. One more "everyday life struggles of a girl" and I'm ready to throw said girl off the roof 🤦‍♀️

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#28

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Recording strangers to see their reactions.

VoluptuousPorsche , Rebecca Harris Report

mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just plain creepy.

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#29

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Social media influencers asking for free items unsolicited, then when of course they decline they threaten to (and in some cases do) leave bad reviews forcing the company to have to respond to false allegations for no reason.

llcucf80 , carringtondurham Report

Ick Villiams
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s almost like Bored Panda have done a posting about this very issue

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#30

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Glorifying celebrities and treating them like gods. Like, I understand being a fan of someone, but you don't have to create an entire livelihood around them or try to emulate them. This is also how people get into positions of power when they shouldn't be.

A_Wild_Striker , Eva Rinaldi Report

Kristal
Community Member
1 month ago

This has been a thing since the first celebrity, the worship and emulation is not new. What's new is information access; many celebs have social media accounts for more access to them.

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#31

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Modern people (including most the people I've dated) getting pissed that I don't reply to them immediately. "Why were you ignoring me bro?!" I wasn't. I'm just not addicted to my phone. People will b***h and moan about how I don't reply to them immediately, but if you put them all in a room, they can't look up from their phones to have a real conversation. Why did they ever invent active statuses?!?! It's so goddamn annoying to have people get mad at me because I used the calculator on my phone at work, and then people look to see that you were on your phone, and immediately think you're ignoring them. I'm at work. I didn't even notice your STUPID. BUBBLE.

Notthesharkfromjaws , Ketut Subiyanto Report

Sasy
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember a time when friends and family respected business hours, meaning you only called if something was important, and if you had to leave a message you expected to wait until end of work.

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#32

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Doing a stupid "challenge" that will end with one or more people injured, imprisoned, or worse.

alpaca1yps , viviandnguyen_ Report

Esther (she/her)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

one word: Tiktok. Why? The (pretty sure it’s called)skull breaker challenge and many more

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#33

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Woke culture. It doesn't allow for people getting better. If you have to dig 7 years to find something bad someone said on twitter they maybe a improved person now. I care about how people are now not 7-10 years ago or that they say something stupid in high school.

deephair , Andrea Piacquadio Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

It takes a special someone to spend time trawling through twitter to see if someone made a dumb tweet when they were essentially a child or very young adult.

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#34

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends That people think their lives need to be viewed to be lived- it’s like privacy and being private are considered repressive. People are always online, posting about their lives, and everyone wants validation about every aspect of their lives. Just f*****g live ‘em!

AntiqueGreen , Kampus Production Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

The Truman show, but with a wider cast, and willing participants

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#35

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Narcissism. Everyone has to livestream their trip to the grocery store, or sits in front of a beautiful natural site and never turn around and look at it, because they’re obsessed with themselves and creating this false narrative about their life. Everything is all about “living their best life”(usually at the expense of others) or “living their truth”(complete BS not remotely based on reality). It’s all about them, and only them. F*** I hate these people...

SexyWampa , cottonbro Report

Friday
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

These people do not know how to truly live in the moment, so it’s really their loss.

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#36

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends You can't just buy something now. Everything is a subscription. First it was just Netflix, then it was dollar shave club. Now every TV channel is a separate subscription, every household item wants to send it to you over and over again. Nothing is released physically, so the only way to watch a movie or check out a new album is to pay someone monthly. Services that were offered for free or one-time purchase are rescinded and now offered as subscriptions. It's so obvious that everyone and everything just wants to milk you as long and for as much as possible. And people just buy into it willingly. I know people who spend like $200 a month on stuff that was free like, 10 years ago. People are even offering themselves on a subscription base now. I can't believe how cool everyone is with watching all their money disappear all the time.

thejazzace , Mollie Sivaram Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

CDs and DVDs are still available for music and film. Some of this is an exaggeration.

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#37

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Plain articles of clothing like a t-shirt where the only thing on them is a large graphic of the logo of the brand that made it. See it a lot with “Gucci”. People are literally paying hundreds of their own money to be a walking advertisement for a company.

jimjoe1 , Frank Schwichtenberg Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

"Oooh, I don't have a personality, perhaps wearing a famous brand can substitute for that."

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#38

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends I'm exhausted with how vapid and fake social media is.

cogitoergopwn , Ivan Samkov Report

Monic Krugell
Community Member
1 month ago

Jip, when everyone I studies with now on social media "looks younger" than what they did when we studied 14 years ago!!!

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#39

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Recording people in need for clout.

overthinkingdreamerx , JoshPalerLin Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Never. And dont force it on them, or act like they owe you in any way (ie for clout etc) i know ppl say beggars can't be choosers but that's dehumanising esp when in literal examples of beggars like this, rather than a metaphor

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#40

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Public grieving. And berating those who don’t grieve publicly. When Chadwick Boseman passed away, people were hounding his co-stars regarding their responses. When Malik B of The Roots passed away, Questlove actually found out by being spammed on Twitter by a bunch of strangers. Imagine finding out one of your closest friends died, because random strangers wanted an immediate response from you.

Wookie301 , fibonacciblue Report

troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate public grieving too. I mean... how do you even have the strength to think about your social media when you grieve??

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#41

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends The fact that if you don't have Instagram and don't document your whole entire existence you're a nobody and don't have a life and live under a rock??? Excuse me but since I deleted social media accounts my life seems way more fulfilling and enjoyable than having to worry about how many people views my story and liked my photo of what dirt i ate for breakfast.

whatdoyoumeanwork , Amy Humphries Report

Kateryna
Community Member
1 month ago

I agree with this one!! "Have you not seen this trend? You live under a rock!!" No, I just have different interests, that's all.

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#42

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Couples recording pranks on each other that are so painfully staged. It’s the same super popular trends that are reproduced. Like do you really need to act so shocked the tenth time your girlfriend pretends to strip in front of the camera but actually has clothes underneath her towel? Are you really THAT shocked? At this point I just block but I just can’t imagine people have that much time

overthinkingdreamerx , RODNAE Productions Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

The giant fake open mouth grin smile faces, oh god it's second hand cringe, just so fake

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#43

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends How people try to destroy you or simply frown upon when you don’t join whatever bandwagon they’re on.

sith10rd94 , Alex Green Report

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

Seen this happen so often on even BP, where most are factual opinions hopefully

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#44

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends Everyone acting like experts on crazily complex topics because they either read a headline or one article that agrees with what they already believed.

KillerOfCereal , Andrea Piacquadio Report

Casey Burns
Community Member
1 month ago

Misinformation is why the world seems so lost.

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#45

Annoying-Modern-Social-Trends I'm just so glad the "licking things at the store" trend is over. It is over, right? Please tell me that's finally done.

Anjelikka , Moto Lewinski Report

HiddenGenZ
Community Member
1 month ago

Ew! I never knew

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