19 Things People Begin to Dislike as They Get Older

Can you remember the things that brought you joy during your youth? As time passed, did any of these experiences lose their appeal to you? An internet survey recently asked, “What are you starting to dislike more as you get older?” Here are the top 19 answers. 

Basic Discourtesy

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“Don’t know why, but it grinds my gears when people can’t say please and thank you, or excuse me, or hold a door for the 0.2 seconds it would take to not slam in someone’s face, or apologize when they step on someone’s foot or bump into them.”

“I just want people to be nice. My preschool, Mr. Rogers, and Sesame Street did not spend 6 years teaching us to be polite in public for us to act like this.”

The Expectation of Being Contactable 24/7

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“One of my “friends” called me 16 times the other day.16 times. I had already told him I was busy doing work modules on my phone and dealing with my father’s Alzheimer’s, yet he still called me 16 times. He is no longer my friend.”

“I keep my phone on silent unless I’m expecting a specific and important call which is extremely rare. I refuse to have an electronic leash, and no one is entitled to my time. I look at the phone daily and will get back to them, but I’m not on call for anyone.”

When They Rearrange the Grocery Store

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“And it never makes any sense, either. If anything, I buy less because I can’t find the pesto I like now.”

“As much as I hate it, I can’t imagine how hard it is on elderly shoppers.”

Functioning on Low Sleep

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“I feel like my body’s ability to do so has decreased drastically in the last few years. It used to be that I could get 5-6h a night during the week and recharge with a couple of 8-10s on the weekend and be largely fine, and I’m feeling it by the 2nd or 3rd day and have to pencil in a few hours to recharge.”

Having to Manage My Body Like It’s a Tamagotchi

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“All these warning messages keep popping up; if I forget to feed it the right things at the right time, put it to bed at the right time, do the right exercises, and avoid 73 arbitrary things, it will just start to moan and malfunction.”

“Seinfeld said if our car needed as much maintenance as our bodies did, we would never buy it.”

Deceptive Pricing Structures

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“Just tell me the complete, total, out-the-door price in one number, will you?”

“I was complaining to a friend about a hostel bed I booked where they added a $6/nt resort fee. 1) a hostel is not a resort 2) It was only $30. Just give me the real price.”

Anything that Takes Place Outside My House

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“It’s all so expensive, so crowded, such a pain in the ass to get to, and often so underwhelming, too.”

“I don’t want to be at work at any moment, it’s not a bad place to be, but I’m there because I’m bound by a contract, and I need the money. If you want me to come in the weekend, put me on schedule, and I’ll come, but don’t ask if I want to.”

Memories of Myself

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“I remember things I’ve done, and sometimes it makes me sick to my stomach with shame, or sometimes I remember cool things I’ve done, and it makes me sad that I’m not still doing those cool things.”

“Be happy that you got to do those cool things. Be happy that you’re no longer doing the cringe things and have matured enough to identify the things you aren’t proud of in your life. Be kind to yourself and remember that not every day can be magical. You’re doing better than you give yourself credit for.”

That My Parents Are Also Getting Older

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“I hope it’s quick and painless when it’s their time. Watching my mom’s mom slowly deteriorate because of Parkinson’s was brutal, and I don’t know how I’d deal with it if one of my parents had to go through that.”

“I’m at the age where I’m losing two family members from the previous generation per year, give or take. 18-year-old, I didn’t know what being an adult would be like, but I never thought it would be like this.”

Noise

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“In the past couple of years, I developed a snap rage response to stuff like booming stereos and loud exhausts.”

“Getting noise-canceling headphones was a sound investment for me.”

Driving at Night

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“Headlights are too bright, and I can’t see anything.”

“I can’t even drive at night anymore because it feels unsafe. I’m not sure why people need those super bright LEDs because they blind everyone.”

Going out Late

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“I love house music, and I’ll see an amazing DJ coming through town and want to go so bad. But after spending money and skipping a few shows because reality set in, I’ve finally admitted waiting until 1am for them to come on, then getting home at 3 or 4am… is just out of my realm now.”

“And it’s embarrassing falling asleep in public.”

Facebook

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“It can go burn now for all I care.”

“It’s more ads than anything else. I need help to scroll through my feed to keep up with friends and family, and I have to go to their pages.”

Getting Older

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“Kid me wanted to be an adult so bad. I miss not having crippling debt and back pain.”

“Turning a year older stops being cool after 25/30.”

People

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“I don’t hate people. I’m just happier when they’re not around.”

“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals.”

Getting Sick

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“As a kid, it meant a day off where I lay in bed and watch TV. As an adult, I still have to go to work while feeling like garbage.”

“When I was a temp employee, I just loved it when the full-time workers would come in sick because they didn’t want to use their PTO days because those are for vacation, and then I’d get sick, and I had the choice of taking a day off to recover and lose the pay, or come in and be worthless and not get better until the weekend.”

The Idea of Needing to “Hustle” to Have a Decent Life

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“I despise that term and how it’s seeped into the collective consciousness. It’s an abhorrent idea that you must effectively kill your quality of life to make a living. The only “hustle” I know is what my coach used to yell at me when I was lollygagging during practice.”

“Yeah, the minimum should be that all the basics are covered, and you can live normally. Any additional effort should be an option for those who want more luxuries, not survival.”

Social Situations

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“Professional faces and fake people. I don’t go anymore. I no longer need to rub my elbows and meet people in my line! Please don’t invite me! I don’t want to lie and say I’m busy!”

“I’m in my 30s and have stopped caring about “mandatory fun.” No professional networking events and no work-related social hour.”

Scrolling Lower in The Drop-Down to Find My Birth Year

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“I remember when I had to lie about being 13 to join websites as a 12-year-old. Oh, how time flies…”

“It really hurts my back going that low!”

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