30 Entitled ‘Neckbeards’ Who Showed Their True Colors, As Shared By This Online Group (New Pics)
Far from everyone that you’ll meet online will be a polite, understanding, and upstanding member of society. What a shocker, we know! Some of the most arrogant, misogynistic, insecure people that you’ll find online are being called ‘neckbeards,’ and they spread their warped view of reality every chance they get on social media.
Just because you have an actual neckbeard or you like anime doesn’t actually make you, well, a neckbeard. However, the infamous neckbeards are stereotypically portrayed with beards on their necks, wearing fedoras, and sometimes even wielding katanas (made of steel folded 1,000,000 times, of course) while doing anime poses. But what makes neckbeards unique is their raging hatred of women, society, and themselves. To them, they’re ‘perfect’ as they are—the world is wrong, and has to adapt to their norms. And the worst of the bunch end up getting shamed on the r/justneckbeardthings subreddit.
An online community of 903k+ members, it gently pokes fun at the most toxic people you’ll meet on the interwebz. They’re loud. They have no idea how to be polite. And they’ve got the emotional range of teaspoons, with zeroes where their emotional intelligence scores should be. Scroll down for the worst neckbeards to be found online.
Bored Panda got in touch with comedy writer and author Ariane Sherine, who is an active social media user and has been on Twitter for over 13 years, to hear her take on neckbeards, how to deal with them, and whether there's any hope for guys who behave awfully on the internet and in real-life. Unfortunately, she's had to deal with a lot of nasty guys online who tried to mansplain stuff to her. Read on for the full exclusive interview and to learn why it's best not to argue with people like that.
We hope you’re not allergic to fedoras, Doritos, and Mountain Dew, dear Pandas, because things are about to get intense! And when you’re done with this list, take a peek at Bored Panda’s previous feature of ‘Just Neckbeard Things’ right over here.
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"I think it all stems from insecurity as well as sadness and rage that women aren't interested in them. I've met lots of guys like this on Twitter and it's quite depressing to witness. I love the 'thank you for your opinion, random man' meme because it perfectly sums up their mansplaining," she told us.
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Ariane believes that life's far too short to argue with neckbeards online. She either mutes them or blocks them. Meanwhile, she explained what to do if rudeness and harassment turn into stalking.
"I had a stalker online and just blocked them on every social platform until they ran out of ways to contact me. But if they're making threats then you need to contact the police," she urged people to consider contacting law enforcement if things are getting out of hand.
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We were curious if Ariane believes there's any hope for neckbeards and how someone with awful behavior (both online and in real life) can become more aware of the impact their actions are having on everyone else.
"Sadly it's all contingent upon them taking feedback on board and becoming a nicer person in response to criticism. Few guys like this are willing to do that—they tend to be more likely to double down when confronted, especially if the person criticizing them is a woman. It's better to cut your losses and not waste your time," the comedy writer and social media expert told Bored Panda that these sorts of guys tend to get defensive and it's often not worth the effort to try and help them.
Founded all the way back in 2013, the ‘Just Neckbeard Things’ subreddit has carved out a sizeable niche for itself. They mock “those who adorn their necks with proud man fur,” but they know where to draw the line. There’s absolutely no tolerance for bullying or witch-hunts.
Despite the fact that someone might be an utter jerk with the social manners of a troglodyte online, they don’t deserve to be bombarded with hate. You never know if someone’s managed to turn their life around by now: they might cringe at their own posts from way back in the day as much as the screenshots make the r/justneckbeardthings community cringe. Nobody should have to stoop down to the level of neckbeards, you have to rise above that impulse.
The subreddit also frowns upon content reposts, people acting like actual neckbeards, and everyone who isn’t nice to turtles. Remember folks, turtles are our friends, not food!
According to Urban Dictionary, neckbeards tend to have an inflated sense of self-worth, are extremely entitled, and feel like women ‘owe’ them attention, affection, and other things.
“The name is a reference to the poor grooming and hygiene standards typically held by such men, with the result that their facial hair is unkempt and extends down their neck. At the core, neckbeards’ inflated egos and misogynistic attitudes towards women serve as a coping mechanism for personal insecurity and a lack of self-confidence,” Urban Dictionary explains.
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“Such an attitude allows them to place the blame for their failed social interactions on others rather than undertake self-examination and improvement.” Usually, neckbeards believe that women should be subservient to them and they have very unrealistic expectations of what romantic relationships ‘should’ be like. In short, they want the world to laud them as people who are absolutely wonderful and worthy of love, yet they don’t take the steps to improve themselves to be worthy of that kind of stardom.
One of the most iconic pieces of attire that neckbeards wear is the fedora. You see, they view themselves as “respectable gentlemen” though, in reality, they’re timid keyboard warriors who need to eat better, exercise more, and take better care of their lives. Ironically, they treat others the way they treat their bodies—poorly.
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Earlier, Bored Panda spoke about self-improvement with fitness expert and entrepreneur Jack Bly, who told us about losing weight, dieting, exercising, and living a higher quality life.
"The foods you are eating need to be high in protein and high volume in order to fill you up," he said that constantly feeling hungry will mean that you’re more likely to fall back into your bad eating and snacking habits. You have to feel full in order to progress towards your fitness goals.
According to the fitness expert, anyone who’s looking to lose a bit of weight should prioritize weightlifting. In his opinion, doing this alongside some cardio is optimal.
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"Weight lifting is more of the 'long term fix' as when you put on muscle mass, your body burns more calories just at rest. Thus, this makes it much easier to burn fat and keep it off long term," he explained to Bored Panda.
“Get very clear on the CHOICE,” fitness expert Jack told us that the people dissatisfied with their lives have to take a good hard look at what their lives are like now, and where they want to end up in the near future.
"You can endure the pain of workouts and different eating habits OR you can endure the pain of obesity, brain fog, poor mood, early death, low energy, medical bills, and low confidence,” he was very blunt that, in his view, “it isn’t much of a choice at the end of the day."
A lot of people can feel embarrassed by their past mistakes. Nobody’s perfect, and we all have to make a ton of mistakes to (hopefully) end up going down the right path. Psychologist Lee Chambers explained to Bored Panda that laughter is a powerful tool that helps us fight back against intense feelings of embarrassment, whatever the source might be.
"If the feelings are intense, try taking a few slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, calming your nervous system and physiological response. In a similar way to laughter, smiling can be effective in shifting your state to the positive. There are times when playing down or even ignoring the feelings can be helpful in the moment, taking the edge off, but it is important that you accept them and express them if it's something significant," the mental health expert shared with Bored Panda that it’s important for individuals to try and embrace uncomfortable feelings instead of developing the habit of running away from them.
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"Because the feelings of embarrassment are generated from a past event, anything that brings you into the present moment can bring relief. Try to avoid saying sorry, as it will keep taking you back to the moment. You can even keep your biggest embarrassing moments top of mind, having reflected and realized that in hindsight, they weren't as big an issue as you felt at the time," he said.
"We can even reflect back on our blunders from the past, and with the emotion dampened, take some of the lessons and observations forward for next time we feel like we've messed up. By doing this, you will feel more courage even when the fear of embarrassment strikes, and sharing these stories will elicit others to share, quickly realizing we are not alone, and that nobody is perfect," Lee explained that being vulnerable with others about one’s mistakes and imperfections can help forge genuine connections.