35 Things People Can No Longer Enjoy Because Too Many People Ruined Them
Everything has a life cycle. So after Reddit user WarBeast86 made a post on the platform, asking: "What was ruined because too many people did it?" people have been paying respects to their life's treasures that have been (slowly) fading into irrelevance.
Some of the most common examples focus on over-saturated internet trends; for example, influencer culture has become so prevalent that it has led to a loss of authenticity and genuine connection online. Numerous hobbies and activities such as thrift shopping have also been mentioned as hurting from commercialization which, in turn, has led to a loss of their original appeal.
Overall, the post serves as a vivid reminder that it's important to appreciate the stuff that makes you happy because you never know when it can be taken away from you.
Basically anything outdoorsy. Hiking trails, National Parks, fishing spots, etc.
It's fun when you're the only person on the trail, the lake, or at the camp site. It's not so fun when you're hiking and someone is blasting their music on their Bluetooth speaker, when the lake is packed and people decide to fish 10 feet away from you and are obnoxiously loud, or you go to a National Park and there is graffiti and trash everywhere, random people's names carved into the largest and oldest trees on Earth, and mobs of tourists taking selfies in the middle of the trail.
People don't know how to respect nature. People don't appreciate silence. People don't know how to "leave no trace" or appreciate the natural beauty in the world around them.
Subscription everything...especially software. I want to buy Office/AutoCAD one time and use it for a decade. I don't want to buy it every year.
Craft fairs. Now they're crowded with dozens of MLMs. I just want to find knitted slippers made by an old lady who clearly has a drinking problem, not more Norwex.
declaring their pets as service animals when they are not., thus making it extremely difficult for actual service animals to get their certification, or permission to be around to provide their service
Tipping culture in America. I can justify a standard 18-20% for good service in bars/restaurants. Why the actual f**k am I being asked to tip 20-30%+ for carry out to eat at home or when I buy retail goods?
Streaming services. I miss the days of one single service: Netflix. Now every studio has its own service and holds their stuff away from services like Netflix and Hulu. Direct consequence: too many subscriptions! At this point it’s more economical to buy stuff you want to watch
ETSY - It's all resellers that run fake craft stores selling cheaply made junk. There's a handful of crafters on ETSY, and the rest is amazon resellers and cheap chinese stuff.
Used to love Airbnb years ago. Now, it's pricier than a lot of decent hotels, and some of the house rules are nutty.
College almost guaranteeing a good job and career. It is not the ticket it used to be. Over, over, over saturated.
the internet. it might sound strange because on a surface level it's richer and more accessible than ever, but the experience now is so much worse than what early internet used to give you.
(yes, I know I sound like your crotchety old grandma)
Yup. 15 years ago the prices were soooo cheap and you could always find a gem. Now they’re always crowded and everything is overpriced and you might find something good once every 2-3 visits if you’re lucky
Living in Iceland got f****d up due to Iceland becoming a popular tourist destination. Prices are way up, housing has skyrocketed (lots of reasons, big one being air bnb) and our nature monuments are slowly being eroded by dumbass tourists. I'm a native, but I can barely afford to live here anymore 😢
Cooking shows. It used to be a few talented chefs who had shows to teach. Now it’s every damn celebrity who can or cannot cook making the same recipes as everyone else.
Flying. Before there were so many people flying, we had leg room, food, a carry-on, and two checked bags all in the ticket price. Now we are crammed in like sardines and get nickel and dimed for everything.
Having a dog.
They’re wonderful companions, and many working dogs do great jobs at their tasks, but there are SO MANY people who have dogs and can’t be bothered to do even very basic training. And SO MANY people who are inconsiderate pricks with their dogs in public spaces — letting their unleashed dog charge others, start fights, bark uncontrollably, jump on people, s**t on the trails and not picking up after themselves.
I miss the days of amateur videos. Classic Smosh. Crappy, but still sent entertaining music videos of video games. Actual real reactions that didn't feel like a fake, acted out script.
Now everything is about fitting in to the algorithm, likes and subscriptions, obnoxious influences. YouTube is all clean, square, corporate, and sanitized.
I won't deny there is also really good content to be found as well, but it's mixed in with a lot of crap.
Visiting major historical sites...
Most of them have been turned into badly maintained, super expensive tourist traps.
Add in the trash and damages tourists do, and yikes.
Moving out to "the country". Traffic used to be that one light that didn't cycle right, now there's backups every day because they failed to upgrade the infrastructure. Urbanites spazzing out because they heard a gunshot from the farm down the street, calling the police because they saw a coyote and "someone needs to do something about it!" All of them putting 10,000 watts worth of lighting all around their house, completely washing out the night sky. Can't forget their bored f**k trophies breaking into garages and trespassing and street racing on dark narrow country roads because there's nothing else to do here. Oh and there's been a couple murders now, before all this the last time we had one was in like the 60s.
Writing children's books. Used to be an art form, then every celebrity has written one.
Festivals. I use to enjoy going to some local festivals. Now they’re just overcrowded and expensive.
When I was young we had this tradition before our cities yearly festival started. We would each get a rubber boat (anything that floated really) and just drift in a nearby lake while drinking beer. The drift took around an hour or so. Then we would go to the festival.
Started out with maybe 20-30 of us for a couple of years. Then some douche bag "popular" guy took note of it. Had to turn it into some massive event with musicians playing and calling for the media to come there etc. Just turned a chill event with friends to something where you couldn't hear your own thoughts because there were so many people there. They even had to close it down after a while because some of the visitors littered too much. Left their boats and s**t in the river etc.
Same thing happened in a university town not that far from us. Some students started a "festival" where we played a more relaxed form of baseball. Sign up as a team, play a tournament, first price was like a bottle of vodka or some s**t like that. Completely free of charge. We slept in tents and drank, super chill and fun thing.
In comes the capitalist mind. Turns the whole thing into some commercialized shitshow where its now the world championship tournament of that casual baseball. Huge entry fees, beer tents, artists.
Like f**k man. What's wrong with setting up a tent, drinking a couple of beers, playing baseball drunk and just having a good time? Noooooooo we need to capitalize on this.
Made both of those things boring as hell.
The summit of Mt. Everest is like a trash heap now.
Podcasts. They used to be funny or insightful or informative or in some way valuable. Now anyone with a microphone and half a funny story thinks they should make a podcast.
A once-pristine mountain lake that was peaceful and excellent for fishing and swimming was ruined by development.
As I've previously commented, the pine trees surrounding the lake have been cut down and houses built everywhere.
Discharge from motorboats and runoff from development have polluted the once-pure water. The fish are gone and the air stinks of pollution instead of being lightly scented by surrounding pine trees.
Rap music ... it's everywhere and it's just terrible ... Some songs have good lyrics, but the melody, the "music" is just the same beat everywhere, it's just boring ...
The popularity of online gaming has ruined campaign based play. Story mode is now backseat to online multiplayer.
The popularity of online add ons is also very annoying, because now games seem purposefully incomplete. The game sells with a short bare bones storyline, but don’t worry, you can buy “extra” story modes.
Covid ruined the National and state parks…too many a******s not respecting the land (leaving trash tagging rocks with graffiti)and crowding the trails.
Farmers markets. Now they’re full of random people selling really weird s**t and try to hold you captive almost and crazy people doing “shows” as they make them. I just wanna buy my things in peace without being harassed. Or buy good coffee without people there for the “ aesthetic”
Burning Man. The old guard of the old hippies of yore are long gone. It's over run by hedge fund college kids and raver frat kids.
Driving to work early. I used to do it, but now it's the same as morning Rush hour.
Now every website has a warning. It used to be a rare sight.
Flying drones. Thanks to all the idiots doing dumb s**t with them, it's not even worth getting into the hobby nowadays - you pretty much can't fly anywhere worth flying, need all sorts of permits, are constantly risking hefty fines or even being investigated for terrorism... no thanks.
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