It is considered that criticizing modernity is the business of boomers. Older people, for example, are well aware that in the past, films were way more interesting, friendships were stronger, the sky bluer, and in general the whole world was much better than it is now. On the other hand, the modern world could be a tad bit better than it really is.

At the end of the 20th century, many scientists believed that the new one would become the golden age of mankind - and indeed, with the rapid development of technology, medicine, and the growth of total comfort, one could really expect something like that. But in fact, we are now about as far from the "golden age" as we were a quarter of a century ago. But why?

Perhaps the problem is that modernity is full of not-so-comfortable and pleasant trends. For example, recently on the AskReddit community, someone asked the question "What modern trend do you absolutely hate?" The thread went viral, gaining nearly 26K upvotes and over 19.5K comments in just a few days. It turned out that a variety of people, both old and young, are dissatisfied with many things in the world that surrounds us now.

Bored Panda has compiled for you a selection of the most interesting and thought-provoking opinions from this viral thread. So feel free to scroll to the very end, and be sure to write what you think about it. Perhaps you are also unhappy with something that we missed, in which case we definitely have to know!

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#1

Cancel Culture

Cancel Culture Slamming people for things they did 30 years ago. People change. Times change.

diegojones4 , Gopal Vijayaraghavan Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

Yup! Exactly! Nobody is the same as they were decades ago!

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#2

The Normalization Of Ignorance

The Normalization Of Ignorance The normalization of ignorance.
Many believe that the opinion of someone with no knowledge or background is as valid as someone who has studied and has gained expertise.
Climate change, vaccine effectiveness, etc etc etc.

ApoplecticAndroid , Jeanne Menjoulet Report

Kusotare
Community Member
2 months ago

What is scary is how proud some people are of their (willful) ignorance.

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#3

Using Facebook Pages Instead Of Corporate Websites

Using Facebook Pages Instead Of Corporate Websites Companies with Facebook pages as their "website"

Ordinary-Debate1302 , Stock Catalog Report

Hill Branda
Community Member
2 months ago

GOD, I hate this. I do everything I can to NOT use Facebook. There are lots of places to get free or cheap websites. Having a Facebook page instead makes me automatically not want to do business with you.

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#4

All Controls In A Car Being Through A Touch Screen

All Controls In A Car Being Through A Touch Screen All controls in a car being through a touch screen.

For driving safety I wanna keep my eyes on the road, and want to find controls (like window wipers, radio (OK in car audio podcast)) by touch. With a touch screen I have to look to see if I am touching the right place on screen for the control I want to frob.

u233 , Abdullah AlBargan Report

James016
Community Member
2 months ago

Moving the HVAC controls to the screen is just dangerous. Especially the idiotic way VW have done it. My wife has a modern car and while it does have a touchscreen, primary functions can be controlled via the steering wheel buttons and the HVAC controls are dials and buttons

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#5

The Abundance Of People Trying To Be Influencers

The Abundance Of People Trying To Be Influencers The abundance of people trying to be influencers/streamers, while the majority of them are about as interesting as a boil

mugen1337 , Ádám Fedelin Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

All I know are the YouTubers, I could care less about a tiktoker or instagrammer

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#6

Blaming Whole Generations For Everything

Blaming Whole Generations For Everything Blaming whole generations for everything.

I'm a millenial. My mom a boomer but is as poor as dirt, don't even own a house. My youngest cousin are gen Z. Oldest are Gen X.

None of this is our fault. We're all in this s**t together. We're all struggling.

Marawal , Tracy A Jones Report

From beyond the Banana Bread
Community Member
2 months ago

Gen X here. Sometimes when I read the news I get the feeling that my generation is completely overlooked and forgotten. Only boomers or milennials seem to exist nowadays, giving each other hell.

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#7

Ads

Ads The fact that EVERYTHING is a f*****g ad.

badchad65 , ERIC SALARD Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

Yessssss. I hate ads. Especially when they put the little fake x

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#8

Using Mental Health Issues As An Excuse For Bad Behavior

Using Mental Health Issues As An Excuse For Bad Behavior Using mental health issues as an excuse for s**tty behavior, especially when it’s a self-diagnosis.

randijeanw , micadew Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, mental issues are not something to be joked about!

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#9

Everything Being Smart

Everything Being Smart Everything being smart. I don’t need my fridge and toaster and f*****g door locks connected to the internet, especially if I have to get up to use the thing anyway.

shiratek , ITU Pictures Report

J Rob
Community Member
2 months ago

Causes mor problems than it's worth!

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#10

Worshipping Politicians

Worshipping Politicians Worshipping politicians as if they were demi gods.

djcack , Liberal Democrats Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
2 months ago

Person from the United Kingdom of UK here. The absurdity of politicians and their followers over in the USA is a strange and ridiculous hot mess of bullsh!t.

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#11

Turning Single Family Homes Into Rentals

Turning Single Family Homes Into Rentals Corporations buying single family homes and turning them into rentals.

RayFinkle1984 , Jennifer C. Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
2 months ago

Back to the feudal system where the corporations are the Barons and landowners.

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#12

Reaction Videos

Reaction Videos Those stupid f*****g reaction videos where someone is pointing at another video and nodding their head or over emphasizing their facial expressions. It drives me nuts. How pathetic do you have to be

SLAWDOGTRILLIONAIRE , Radioimmaginaria Report

DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
2 months ago

Monetization with no creation.

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#13

Modern News Turning Into Talk Shows

Modern News Turning Into Talk Shows I HATE that modern news is no longer just a informational source of what is happening. It’s turned into a talk show. News networks only cast people who have loud personalities and lean VERY hard one way politically. They only cast people to make the news more popular by finding cast that make you think “I wish I could hand out with them”.

NEWS NEEDS TO BE A NEUTRAL PLACE TO GATHER INFORMATION TO MAKE A DECISION FOR YOURSELF. It’s not the f*****g Wendy Williams Show. We don’t care how the anchor feels about it. WE WANT FACTS AND NEUTRAL INFORMATION!

*Edit after having a lot of good conversations with y’all-* I wish the consumers of news wanted more straight forward facts and non-bias information. I know that news networks love the views, but it seems to be more entertainment than news.

RAZOR314 , frankieleon Report

NsG
Community Member
2 months ago

Because we have 24 hours to fill with news and only really enough content for 6-7 of those hours. At what point does it stop being "news" and becomes "olds"?

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#14

Puffy Fake Lips

Puffy Fake Lips Puffy fake lips

cebogs , Michał Paluchowski Report

ItsJess
Community Member
2 months ago

As a dental hygienist, I do oral cancer screenings and part of that is palpating the lips- augmented lips feel very different from natural lips, not in a good way. Natural lips are consistent in feel with no discernible lumps, and should be soft, elastic and slightly firm. Augmented lips actually feel like there is a hard rope running inside the length of the lip or tiny pearls deep inside when you palpate them (depending on how they're augmented). It's not pleasant to feel- I always wonder how it must feel to kiss someone with that.

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#15

Some Of The TikTok Trends

Some Of The TikTok Trends Every stupid and dangerous TikTok trend.

Warm-Replacement8591 Report

Kusotare
Community Member
2 months ago

Sometimes you have to let Darwin happen.

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#16

Clickbait Titles

Clickbait Titles Clickbait titles

FlamingButterfly , Dru Kelly Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
2 months ago

Confused by the picture to the post.

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#17

Amplifying Conspiracy Theories

Amplifying Conspiracy Theories "news" agencies writing articles about "all these people are saying X" when it's just a few random people on twitter, and generally the trend of amplifying fringe theories, beliefs, conspiracies, etc.

DaveInDigital , Dimitris Kalogeropoylos Report

TotallyNotAFox
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Especially the entertainment media is full of people pushing beliefs. Studios and media outlets hired activists and those bash on everybody not admiring their crappy work. Because it's the patriarchy and bigots that prevented the movie/show/comic from being successful and not the fact that it's simply not good entertainment... (Nothing wrong with representation and such, but the way they are doing it is bottom floor quality)

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#18

Software Subscription Model

Software Subscription Model Literally anything software wise I purchase I don’t even f*****g own. If I buy a piece of software and hardware, I should be allowed to edit AND OWN it to my hearts content.

It’s my property so I should be allowed to do what I will with it

Brybry2370 , Jacob Bøtter Report

ThatG
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Even cars are going subscription model. BMW calls it “Functions on Demand”. If you want heated seats, you can pay for a subscription. You can subscribe from a month, a few years or unlimited. Though I’m pretty sure when someone buys that car second hand again, an unlimited subscription won’t be transferred to the new owner… they will have to buy unlimited again. Just like how Tesla has been deactivating the Ludicrous package from the previous owner so that the next person has to pay again.

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#19

Everything Becoming Monetized And For Profit

Everything Becoming Monetized And For Profit Everything becoming monetized and for profit. Every hobby, every social media account, everything imaginable.

Patreon this, indigogo that...

Qimmosabe_Man , 401(K) 2012 Report

Kate
Community Member
2 months ago

If people were paid a living wage, maybe they wouldn't need to make ends meet with a dozen side-hustles.

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#20

NFT

NFT NFTs

Ashkiri , pinguino k Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
2 months ago

I do not know what these are. They have been explained to me, but still, I do not know what they are.

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#21

Hustle Culture

Hustle Culture Hustle culture is the s**ttiest, most burnout inducing mindset a person could have

Awesomeo-5000 , Hiroyuki Takeda Report

DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
2 months ago

You have to hustle! You're sleeping at 3am? WEAK...The Rock is up at 2am. You're having lunch at 1pm? HAHA...you're wasting time to grind. You're cooking dinner with your wife at 6pm? PATHETIC...the only grind you're doing is the pepper shaker. You're trying to get 8hrs of sleep? NO WONDER YOU'RE NOT ME...I hire people to sleep for me.

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#22

Giving Out More Personal Info Than Necessary

Giving Out More Personal Info Than Necessary Giving out more personal info than necessary...

Every online account wants my phone number, email, gender, full name, address, marital status etc.

I want to download an app and it wants access to everything. The app can take a picture, now i want access to your complete gallery, contact list and call history.

I go to a physical store to buy a computer and they want my zip code.

I call customer service and they will record the conversation. Not even optional....

Queasy_Pressure6159 , Official GDC Report

BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I stopped giving my email and phone numbers out to retail staff after learning Canada's Michael's rewards are non-existent. We're not collecting points nor are we able to use them. It's been a few years and staff still don't know when or if we're getting rewards for Michael's arts and crafts. But they still ask for your email address with every purchase. I just say I'm not bothering anymore. Recordings for customer service is only really for training purposes. When new hires are being trained the managers will show examples from real calls (edited to leave out the person's identity of course) and will use good and bad ones. It's also to ensure the reps are doing their job and if there's any discrepancy they have the recording to refer to. Call centres are not distributing these recordings to other 3rd party companies unless it's a client and there's a legal warrant in obtaining that recording. That's all.

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#23

Normalizing Something Which Is Actually Not Normal

Normalizing Something Which Is Actually Not Normal **"We need to normalize [X]"** when X is something completely trivial and irrelevant, like going to the movies alone.

Whatever the *majority* of people does will be considered normal, deviations from it are what's outside the norm. If you need everything you want to do outside the norm to be "normalized", that's a you problem, not a society problem.

People don't care. Just do your thing. People *really* don't care. And if some do, they're just random strangers, so *you* shouldn't care.

Corvus_Manufaktura , StickerGiant Custom Stickers & Labels Report

BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

At first I thought they were saying going to the movies alone shouldn't be a normal thing. But I get what they're saying at the end part. Basically, we shouldn't have to emphasize how normal a harmless, mundane activity is just because it's not wildly popular.

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#24

People Using Their Phone At Concerts To Record Or Take Pictures

People Using Their Phone At Concerts To Record Or Take Pictures People using their phone at concerts to record/take pictures. Seems like it is everyone all the time. Takes me out of the moment and sight lines are bad enough without everyone holding their phone over their head.

ShrikeAgent , whatleydude Report

DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
2 months ago

Apart from taking a picture of yourself or friends, when are you ever going to either watch that video or picture again? Like really? I remember recording fireworks once way back and I've literally never watched it.

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#25

Politics Being Someone's Entire Identity

Politics Being Someone's Entire Identity Politics being someone's entire identity. I'm plenty old enough to remember being good friends with people and having no idea how they felt about political issues or for whom they voted - it just never came up.

Pyrophagist , John Munsch Follow Report

HarriMissesScotland
Community Member
2 months ago

I grew up in a very small Florida town. The poll workers would tell anyone who would listen what political party you were. Less than 10% were not Republicans. My family was part of that 10% and we were confronted by it day after day. I heard about JFK's assassination from a classmate as I was walking home. " YAY, Kennedy is dead." We were 7.

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#26

Closed Mindedness To The Point Of Foolishness

Closed Mindedness To The Point Of Foolishness Closed mindedness to the point of foolishness and constantly wanting to right fight on social media.

Live-Cat9553 , Brian Evans Report

Oerff On Tour
Community Member
2 months ago

"I'm sure aboud it, caus I seeed it on the interwebs!"

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#27

Social Media Umbrella

Social Media Umbrella Social Media umbrella and what it's doing to this and future generations.

Just off the top of my head:


* Ignorant echo chambers
* The desperation of attention or clout
* the views/follows/friends obsession
* False information
* trolling


I'm sure there is more.

PandahOG , Waterford_Man Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

* being left out of the loop with friends and basically everyone cause you’re not allowed to have social media so u just sit there when they talk about stuff you don’t understand

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#28

Taking People's Relationships To Social Media

Taking People's Relationships To Social Media When people get into fights with their SO and blast it all over their socials. No one cares that Brad cheated on you… pls get a life

skyyy_high , Oscar Rohena Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
2 months ago

But Brad promised I was the one!

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#29

Data Collection And Non-Open Source Software

Data Collection And Non-Open Source Software anti right to repair. data collection. non-open source software (although some software is getting more open)

Moskito10 , Alan Levine Report

Nimues Child
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Even when you invent something and try to make it open source to share it, some company may well try to patent it out from under you.

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#30

Everything Is Done For Profit

Everything Is Done For Profit Everything is done for profit. You cant find amateur YouTube videos anymore. You know those 30 second-2 minute YouTube videos from 12 years ago titled “guy does…” or “dog wants..” that were in 480p and have 8 million views? Type in anything like that now. All you get is “top 10” videos made by studios that aren’t entertaining in the slightest

XfinityHomeWifi , Free photo on UkrMedia Report

DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
2 months ago

Monetization not creation. I have no problem making money of your content but content needs to be first. You deserve the money for good content.

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