Drinking vodka ‘for taste’, loud nightclubs and eating kale: people are revealing the things they are convinced others are just pretending to enjoy
Does social pressure force people to pretend to like things?
It is an idea thoroughly broadcast in a Ask Reddit forum debate that started when user ‘Wentleworth’ asked, ‘Where are you convinced people are just pretending to enjoy it?’
In the thread, Reddit users jumped up to offer examples of things they think people secretly dislike.
How people really feel about social occasions was a hot topic, with ‘timmycakes77’ suggesting that people lie about how much they actually like ‘loud nightclubs’.
“Loud music nightclubs” was one of the answers to this question on Reddit: “What are you convinced people are just pretending to enjoy?”
‘Regachoisiah’, meanwhile, was nominated for watching pageants, ‘DeathSpiral321’ said he attended ‘family reunions’ and ‘Acceptable_Jelly_529’ claimed that no one really likes New Year’s Eve.
User ‘Valis010’ spotlighted birthday parties with the comment: ‘Singing happy birthday. And make it sing to you. Nobody enjoys any of those things.’
When we went to party guest lists, an unnamed user suggested that “small talk” is something people hate, while “Affectionate_Salt351” claimed that people are secretly unenthusiastic about “some of their friends.”
What about family? User ‘Physical_Boot89’ said that ‘parenting’ is something people don’t really enjoy.
Reddit user ‘kitty33’ took it a step further, writing, ‘Marriage. Children. And kale. Usually kale.’
Kale wasn’t the only food mentioned — “ShortCandy2220” beat licorice, while “billybobbobbyjoe” suggested that people don’t actually like oysters because the experience is “like sucking on a chilled booger.”
Reddit user ‘kitty33’ suggested that people pretend to like it: ‘Marriage. Children. And kale. Usually kale’
Liquor was another hotly contested topic. ‘Cannaaard’ said that some people ‘pretend’ to drink vodka ‘for the taste’ and ‘SaveusJebus’ agreed that ‘straight alcohol’ is something they believe people don’t really enjoy.
LiminalWanderings wrote: ‘IPA beer. For years I thought it was some kind of inside joke.’ User ‘DeOLPD19’ agreed, writing that IPAs “smell like pine” in their opinion.
Elsewhere in the beverage department, “chino1029” nominated black coffee, while “Careful_Ordinary_833” suggested “Kombucha or one of those fermented, gross health drinks.”
Other health-oriented activities were also questioned. User ‘bensolosslut’ wrote: ‘Running. I know the benefits gained are worth it, but honestly, every time I see someone running, panting and red-faced, I just think, “I’m glad it’s not me”…running just seems like people torture themselves for me.’
Reddit user ‘Cannaaard’ said some people ‘pretend’ they drink vodka ‘for the taste’
‘Jadw27’ agreed, writing, ‘The only good feeling I ever get from running is when I’m done running.’
Another user, ‘Replicant-Nexus9’, weighed in on the thread saying that ‘reading self-help books or motivational books’ is something they think people pretend to enjoy doing, adding, ‘Someone on work was gushing about reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and I was puking.”
Pretending to like your job in general was another hot topic, with user ‘coolsheep769’ revealing that they find it hard to believe that people actually enjoy ‘going back to the office’ after working from home.
User “ThemFatale_” also noted that “posting to LinkedIn” isn’t something people really like to do — a comment that got a whopping 2,000 upvotes in a matter of hours and a reply from a user who described the site as “super cringey.”
But all things considered, it all comes down to a matter of taste – user ‘alistofthingsIhate’ admitted that they ‘genuinely enjoy’ many of the things mentioned in the thread.