22 Things that People Loved to Do Until Everyone Started Doing It

Smaller groups of enthusiasts once relished numerous niche activities over the years. However, as these activities gained mass popularity and everyone started to join in, their appeal dwindled. An internet survey recently asked, “What was ruined because too many people started doing it?” Here are the top 22 responses:

Natural Swimming Holes

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“In my area, it’s always been a “locals know” thing until Reddit and Facebook. These beautiful natural spots suddenly were overrun by people, trash everywhere. The town started forcing people to buy passes, and then someone died being unsafe (tragic but completely avoidable). Now our favorite swimming places have barbed wire fences, security guards, etc.”

“There’s one near me with a tiny beach, but you could almost always get a spot even on the hottest day in July. Now it’s packed every day starting in May, and when the lake froze this winter, some people moved all the picnic benches to the middle of the water to ‘ice fish’ and left them there. Now they’re all at the bottom of the lake and will probably never be replaced.”

Thrifting

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“Seriously, I couldn’t find any Pyrex for less than $25 anywhere near me, so I went on vacation to the coast and got two for $12. I thrift because I’m broke and like old stuff; the people who do it to resell at a higher value have ruined it!”

“All the thrift stores where I live now sell clothes for the same price I can get at the shops because so many people were buying good quality clothes for $2-$5 and selling them for more on Facebook.”

Traveling

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“It’s mostly due to the toxic social media rat race where you are considered “boring” or “uncultured” if you haven’t taken photos of yourself at various places around the world or on top of a mountain.”

“Now, it’s all about the aesthetic and showing off the “ideal life.” Tourism has always had issues, and projecting a certain image of yourself by traveling isn’t new but social media has made it so much worse.”

Podcasts

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“On one hand, it’s pretty cool that almost anyone can try their hand at a podcast and let popularity sort it out. But most of them are unlistenable. 95% of podcasts I’ve tried, I can’t even get through one episode.”

“Everyone wants you to listen to their podcast, but most of them don’t have anything to say.”

Buying a House in 2022

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“My husband and I bought a house in 2021, and the market was insane then too. About a month after we bought our house, our next-door neighbor’s house went up for sale, and it got 5 offers in less than 24 hours. We were thankfully able to avoid this because of our awesome realtor. Still, we heard and continue to hear so many stories of people getting into (and often losing) bidding wars, paying $50k or more over the asking price, or losing out to cash buyers and astronomically high prices. It was, and continues to be, absolutely insane.”

Superhero Movies and Shows

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“We went from having 2-3 a year to having a different movie or show every month.”

“I’m getting tired of more obscure characters being in the MCU. Comic fans have nothing except Captain Carrot, and that’s a DC character.”

Social Media

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“Facebook, in its heyday, was strictly for students to connect and keep in touch. Now that our parents/grandparents are on it, it’s trash.”

“Agreed. And then I find myself as a 33-year-old encroaching on younger generation platforms like TikTok. I stay anonymous, silent, and scroll. I’m not trying to be the old millennial ruining spaces.”

Dog Breeding

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“Thanks to all the backyard breeders and puppy mills, and all the people who buy dogs from them, we have an overpopulation crisis leading to millions of dogs being euthanized in animal shelters yearly.”

“People who buy from breeders make me so angry! I don’t know how any true animal lover could honestly do that.”

Airbnb

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“We currently have a housing crisis in Australia, and some local councils are banning people from using a house for airBNBs for more than 3 months a year to bring more houses onto the market. You can’t find rentals in coastal towns; they’re all AirBNBs.”

“A decade ago AirBNBs were cheap, accommodating, and beautiful. Now it’s all trash.”

Going To Brunch

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“The key is to go earlier! My boyfriend and I have breakfast from our favorite diner every Saturday, and we typically get there between 8 – 9. We almost always get a little booth, but if not, we are happy to sit at the counter.”

“It’s too hard to get a table now.”

Houseplants

House Plants
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“Many people got into the hobby for the wrong reasons (showing off) and didn’t care if their rare ‘wishlist’ plant was poached. They want what nobody else has, and as soon as that plant is somewhat accessible, they lose interest and move on to the next thing, like locusts.”

“Or natural reserves that get picked clean by people who sell the succulents and cacti commercially.”

Garage Sales

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“I’m here to buy what you would have thrown away otherwise. Don’t tell me what you paid for it when you’re just going to trash it if it doesn’t sell. Garage sales used to be awesome, and it was a great way to get rid of your old things without being totally wasteful about them. Now everyone wants to treat it like an overpriced thrift store.”

“It goes both ways; many garage sale customers are horrible. Never again, and I donate to my local thrift store or sell on Facebook.”

Giving Kids “Unique” Names

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“Some are genuinely nice names, just not currently popular, but others just make me feel bad for the poor kid who has to introduce themself for the next few decades.”

“What’s almost worse is giving your kid what looks like a common name but with a weird pronunciation. A student refused to participate in a first-day name game because she hated people mispronouncing her name. Her name was Eliza – not pronounced ee-LIE-za as you’d think, but ELL-ee-za. And she raged madly every time someone mispronounced it, which often happened.”

Crochet  

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“Maybe this is petty, but it annoys me to see the same girls that bullied me for having a granny hobby suddenly selling lopsided tote bags.”

“Crochet is getting really popular, but I like that it gives me a chance to make things for my girlfriend and spend time with my grandma.”

College

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“Too many people go to college when they’re not college material, take out loans they can’t pay back, and complain about debt. Then we have people with useless degrees demanding high pay at low-skilled jobs, and so on. The US is too dumbed down. They need to raise the standards for people who want to get in and graduate. A college degree could mean something again.

Hiking Trails

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“They are trampled down, wide, and rooty. It doesn’t help that there are so many fallen trees, and the province doesn’t take better care of this provincial park.”

“Sometimes the trails here in BC are so busy on hot days you have nowhere to park to even enjoy them. It’s insane.”

Van Life

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“With gas prices the way they are now, van life is a rapidly dying lifestyle. Around $7 in California!”

“How is it ruined by too many people doing it, though? It’s a cheaper alternative to the insane housing market. I’d give a pat on the back to anyone who chooses van life over being in crippling debt for a home that costs $700k+ that isn’t even worth that much.”

Vaping

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“I blame JUUL for targeting kids/teens and ruining it for the rest of us.”

“Vaping may not be much healthier, but it’s so much less offensive, and plenty of people can actually quit using it.”

Amusement Parks

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“The lines are too long these days.”

“If you’re ever planning on going to an amusement park, factor in the price of FastPass/VIP tickets unless you enjoy standing in line for 2-3 hours for a 30-60-second ride.”

Climbing Mt. Everest

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“Everest is the mountain you climb to brag to your friends at home. K2, on the other hand, is one you can brag to other mountaineers about climbing.”

“It is being ruined by people because they leave behind tons and tons of trash that nobody is really taking out.”

Music

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“So many TikTokers and influencers are getting into the music industry and making mediocre music.”

“Music piracy and music streaming via youtube did this LONG before any of that.”

Machu Picchu

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“It’s an old Incan city in Peru that has seen a lot of damage due to careless tourists behaving like they’re starring in an Indiana Jones movie. I’ve wanted to visit since I learned about it in grade 3. Now that I can afford to go, I won’t because I don’t want to be part of the problem.”

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