Society’s obsession with certain aspects of life often obscures our ability to appreciate authentic things. What might be a good thing for you may seem too much for another or too hyped! But there are some things that are too hyped and don’t even do what they’re supposed to. Now that’s what we call overrated!
One Redditor asked, “What’s the most overrated thing in the world?” Now, this thread received thousands of comments, but we have selected the top 20 overrated things for you!
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Celebrities. They are treated as superhumans sometimes.”
Another replied, “So all over this as the most overrated ever. My brother is in the “industry” and the way he thinks about himself and other “celebrities” is gross. Visiting him in New York is like an act in futility. He introduces me to ‘VIP’ with whispered comments to treat them certain ways and it makes me gag. He always ends up getting annoyed at me because I don’t treat any of them differently than I would Joe-Blow on the street, and treat the id*ots like id*ots. I always want to go home before I even get there.
The young famous group is the worst. I want to give all of them a hug, tuck them in, and keep them safe and loved. Little teenagers having their feet kissed and all they look is dazed and confused. Blech. It’s awful. They’re just people. They forget that because everyone else does.”
Why do we put these celebrities on a pedestal like they’re some kind of mythical creatures? Sure, they might have some talent or be good at entertaining us, but at the end of the day, they’re just regular people like us!
2. Angry Birds
Come on, Angry Bird is just a game where you catapult birds at pigs! What’s so revolutionary about that? Sure, it was fun for a hot minute, but that’s pretty much it!
One said, “Angry Birds is just a rip-off of a flash game, that’s part of what makes it so overrated for me. That, and the absurd amounts of marketing.”
Someone else added, “I still don’t understand it. I’ve played it once, and I feel there are better catapult games out there. But for some reason when I see Angry Birds attire, I get this hot feeling in my stomach and all I can think about is bathing in that person’s blood. Huh…”
3. Internet Points
Let’s get real here. These internet points make us feel important. Like we’re popular, influential, and all that jazz. But in reality, it’s just an illusion. The number of likes on a post or upvotes on a comment doesn’t determine our worth as human beings. It’s all smoke and mirrors!
A Reddit user wrote, “What people do for fake internet points its ridiculous.”
Another added, “It’s not the points they want; it’s what the points stand for. Their own personal validation that comes from strangers up voting what they type.”
Diamonds cost an arm and a leg, and for what? A little piece of carbon compressed under the Earth’s crust? Come on! The whole diamond industry has tricked us into thinking they’re rare and valuable, but the truth is, they’re just rocks that are artificially inflated in price.
A Reddit user wrote, “Diamonds. For several reasons, any other stone will do. Edit: I know they’re a great asset for industrial uses. I was referring more to jewelry. Also, to those wanting to know what I would do when she wants a diamond ring. Simple, there isn’t a she, I’m a straight female, who isn’t interested in diamonds. I’d rather have some other kind of gemstone.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “I told my (now) husband before he proposed that I did not want a diamond for this reason. I have a white sapphire solitaire, and people think it’s a diamond all the time. The whole ring cost $500, and we were able to use the money he would have spent on paying off student loans. It’s common sense if you ask me.”
5. Grain Vodka
One Redditor stated, “Grey Goose Vodka. $54 for 750ml for a grain vodka that’s only filtered 3 times”
Someone else replied, “It is up to $100 in Australia!”
Another responded, “Lol we used grey goose as an example in marketing class. It was an average vodka until the brand was bought out and the new managers decided to jack the price up a couple of times over and have a few celebrities endorse it. Young kids who don’t know anything about liquor would buy it thinking it’s the best stuff/worth the $$, and eventually, it would be perceived as top tier.”
You walk into a fancy liquor store, and there they are, sitting on the expensive shelf. But does a high price tag automatically mean it’s better? Absolutely not! You can find quality vodkas without breaking the bank.
6. Designer Handbags
Someone on Reddit said, “Designer handbags that cost thousands. … it’s just a bag”
Someone else commented, “I had a girlfriend once who was making fun of people who were buying fake “Coach” purses. I asked her what the difference was and she said Coach didn’t make them. I asked if they were worse quality and she said “no not really, I think they are usually about the same” . . . she couldn’t wrap her head around why I thought SHE was the d*mb one for buying the more expensive version of what is essentially the same purse.”
People go bananas over those fancy brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel, but seriously, it’s just a label on a bag. Does it make the bag more functional, durable, or even fashionable? Not necessarily. So, we’re just paying for the brand, not the actual quality or design!
One said, “Emphasis on marijuana. I took it rather frequently, but two things really that annoy me is when 1)people idolize the god**n plant like it’s better than air itself, and 2)when people act like its a be-all end-all substance that will ruin your life and all relationships. It’s just a plant for cripes sake!”
Another person added, “Especially when people brag about how much they smoke, or act like they have a degree in Marijuanology. We get it! You’re a stoner. Whatever.”
Sure, marijuana can make you feel good, but it can also have some not-so-fun consequences. The munchies, red eyes, dry mouth, and the dreaded brain fog are just a few of the side effects that can come with getting high. Not to mention the potential for anxiety, especially in higher doses.
8. Beats by Dr. Dre
Let’s start with the most obvious reason why Beats are overrated- the brand. People go wild over Beats just because they’re associated with Dr. Dre and the whole hip-hop culture. But let’s be real: just because it’s got a rapper’s name on it doesn’t automatically make it the best in the game.
Someone shared, “Beats by Dr.Dre Overated expensive headphones that don’t deliver sound wise for the money you fork out for them. You can actually get really good sound for a pair of cans 1/2 the price of beats.”
A user responded, “Beats are bad. As far as I know, their specs are nearly the same as a Sennheiser HD (don’t remember which model) that only costs a 3rd of the price. And in blind tests, said pair beat Beats. I have BeyerDynamic’s DT 770 PRO. They are excellent for bass lovers, especially for electronic like dubstep.”
9. Black Friday Shopping
One user shared, “Sleep standing up in the freezing cold, get in fistfights, raise your blood pressure, all to save $100 on a Kindle. Sounds like an awesome addition to the holiday season to me!”
Another added, “Yeah I’ve never understood the frenzy. If they were giving things away for free, I could understand the stampede. But you still have to pay for the items (if you’re not stealing them, of course). Like….I’m NEVER that excited to spend money. Never.”
Black Friday boasts some sweet deals, but let’s not forget the dirty little secret- they’re not always as amazing as they seem. Retailers often inflate the original prices to make the discounts look bigger. It’s like they’re playing mind games with us, trying to convince us that we’re getting a steal!
Someone said, “Weddings. So, much money and time wasted for just the first day of your life together. It’s not worth going into debt over; put that money towards a house and have a small wedding.”
Another added, “Yeah, I actually thought about this a few years ago when one of my older cousins got married. Both of them had been working in successful careers since I was just a kid. They’d been living together for a few years, already had a house together with lots of stuff.
And then suddenly they’re getting married and have this huge registry with all kinds of stuff they want. I wish I could just randomly throw a party and ask all my adult friends/relatives for new dishes and pots and pans and stuff.”
One Reddit user wrote, “Quick story: My buddy married this girl, and her dad said she can either have 20k for her wedding or 20k for a down payment on a house. Like an id*ot she went with the wedding. I’ll never understand why girls get so caught up in a one-day event and blow tons of money.”
Let’s not forget the aftermath of a wedding—the financial hangover. The bills, the debt, and the realization that you could’ve used that money for many other things!
11. 3-D Movies
Someone said, “3-D movies, I just don’t see the appeal.”
Another commented, “I wear glasses for my extremely poor eyesight and also have epilepsy. 3D movies and I just weren’t meant to be. It also annoys me when totally unnecessary movies are put out in 3D. Iron Man fine. Animated stuff, okay. But The Great Gatsby? Also, the 3D remakes of old movies seem like a waste. Did anyone weep with joy at the revelation that Titanic was coming out in 3D?”
3-D movies often come with a premium price tag. We’re expected to pay extra for an experience that’s not even guaranteed to be mind-blowing. Sounds ridiculous, right?
12. Country Music
One wrote, “The “Country” music of today. It’s not country in the slightest, it’s pop with acoustic guitars, and everyone loves it for some reason.”
Someone else said, “That’s because rural culture in this country has changed a lot since the 70s. Country music used to be a cultural reflection of blue-collar life in isolated communities. The biggest blue-collar industries, including coal mining and the iconic family farms, essentially died in the 1970s and early 80s. Rural land was subdivided into exurban landscapes, and more kids went to college or looked for work in cities.
Media saturation has softened and homogenized what was left over, and now most ‘rural’ life is better understood as exurban. The music reflects that. Merle Travis was a bucktoothed coalminer from eastern Kentucky. That’s country. Not these goateed pretty boys in brand new hats.”
How many songs about dirt roads and pickup trucks can we endure before it starts to sound the same?
A Redditor wrote, “Clubbing. Ignore that noise. Edit: I listen to EDM and roll every once in a while, but I’d prefer going out dancing at a place where there aren’t sweaty guidos trying to rub up their junk on my girlfriend.”
Someone else agreed and said, “I never understood clubbing. Let’s go someplace where the music “ok” but playing so loud we have to scream at each other. Spend obnoxious amounts of money on the same old drinks, and like you mentioned, have D-bags hit on my girlfriend. It’s not even jealousy. In fact, pretty much the closest thing I’ve gotten to “entertainment” at these places is watching their reaction when my girlfriend tells them she used to be a dude. (She’s just making that up, though…. I hope…..)”
Do you enjoy clubbing, or is it just an overrated thing to do?
14. Sliced Bread
It’s convenient to have pre-sliced bread ready to go, but does it really revolutionize our lives? Nah. Bread is bread, no matter how you slice it. We’ve been enjoying bread for centuries without this. So, let’s not act like sliced bread is some groundbreaking invention. It’s just a loaf that’s been sliced, plain and simple!
Someone said, “Sliced bread. We compare everything great to sliced bread; I cannot count how many times I hear “it’s the best thing since sliced bread”. It’s just cut-up bread, people, it’s not a miracle.”
Another explained, “That’s not actually the point. There was a time when bread wasn’t sliced, and it was considered an immense novelty when pre-sliced bread became available. It doesn’t mean as much anymore because most everyone buys their bread pre-sliced and in bags, but in its day it was considered very novel.”
15. The Big Bang Theory (TV Show)
Someone commented, “You’re right; it’s not a great show. In fact, I think most of the humor is very predictable and dull. But my family loves it, and I don’t mind watching it with them if it makes them laugh. I even laugh out loud sometimes. I know you aren’t hating on it, but I have seen a lot of people wasting a lot of energy because they feel, as “nerds”, they are being misrepresented or something. It’s just an easy-to-watch sitcom, and geeks are the medium through which they’ve decided to tell their story.”
Another replied, “Agreed. I hate how people assume it is intelligent comedy because it stars “intelligent” people. I’m sorry, but Sheldon clearly has some serious mental health issues; I don’t believe he can be as rich as he is from a research job at a university. I kinda enjoy it because it’s easy to watch – you don’t need to think about the jokes, they’re sometimes not terrible, and it’s an above average – but highly overrated – show.”
Here’s the thing—the geekiness in The Big Bang Theory often feels forced because being a geek is more than just throwing around comic book references and playing video games!
16. The Hangover Series
Someone said, “If they had left it as a standalone movie, I would have a much higher opinion of it.”
Another responded, “I was pretty sure this movie was made as a practical joke and that everyone who says they LOVED it are in on said joke.”
A Redditor shared, “I only ever found Chang funny. The rest of the movie was…I hated it, actually.”
Yeah, we get it; partying can be fun and all, but do we need multiple movies glorifying drunken escapades? They’re promoting reckless behavior and making it seem like the ultimate source of hilarity. That doesn’t sound like a good influence on teens and young adults, right?
17. Monster Cables
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Monster cables. Anyone paying $179.99 for a 19-foot or $350.00 for a 35 ft HDMI needs to be removed from the gene pool.”
Another replied, “Not everyone is tech-savvy, though. They need to be informed. Otherwise, they think cost quality.”
Monster cables are marketed as the ultimate solution for crystal-clear sound and razor-sharp visuals. But here’s the thing—most of us won’t notice a difference between Monster cables and other well-made cables. So, please don’t fall for fancy packaging and slick advertisements because it’s all about marketing tactics.
18. Social Media
A Redditor wrote, “Social media updates. No one gives an FK about your daily schedule.”
Another replied, “”I don’t know what your generation’s fascination is with documenting your every thought… but I can assure you, they’re not all diamonds. ‘Roman is having an OK day and bought a Coke Zero at the gas station. Raise the roof.’ Who gives a rat’s **s?””
Another person pitched in to say, “It has created a level of arrogance that is quite astounding. I try to only update to simply make people laugh at something. Otherwise, who cares if I’m currently eating Cheez-its?”
We’re bombarded with perfectly edited photos, flawless selfies, and crafted captions. Social media is a virtual illusion that can distort our perception of reality, without a doubt!
19. Human Burial
Cemeteries take up massive amounts of land, and as the population grows, so does the demand for burial space. And that means we’re running out of room to rest in peace! Someone commented, “Human burial. What a waste of money and real estate.”
Another person added, “I have asked to be cremated and then have my ashes shot out of a cannon. Just so it could be said that I went out with a bang. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust” BOOOOM “And Gonzo into the Stratosphere””
Someone else replied, “Totally agree with you. My dad died 3 weeks ago, and I thought this experience would change my view on the whole thing, but still, I think it’s a really ridiculous ritual. I’m donating my corpse to local medical academy, where it can be useful.”
Someone on Reddit said, “They make good machines, but their marketing campaigning just straight pisses me off. When they were first branding, they went off of the idea to break out of the “IBM-controlled world,” and it was the new thing. Modern strategies involve a bandwagon technique of “what you don’t have an iPhone everyone else does though?”
Another user wrote, ““Totally agree here… Apple is garbage, yet too many people look at it as if they were walking on water. They don’t offer any real competition in the real world, except that they try to sue everybody they claim steals “their” ideas. I have a Samsung galaxy s4 and thanks to apple, the autocorrect is nonexistent. Wouldn’t trade my phone for any other, though!”
We know that Apple has a sleek design and all, but is it worth camping outside the store for days to get the latest iPhone?
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