20 Popular Things That Some People Simply Can’t Get Behind

Ah, popular culture- a never-ending carnival of trends, fads, and obsessions. From viral dance challenges to binge-worthy TV shows, the world is constantly buzzing with the latest “must-haves” and “must-dos.” Yet, while everyone seems to be riding the same wave, there are always a few of us standing on the shore, dipping our toes in skepticism!

One Redditor asked, “What’s something massively popular that you just can’t get into? If you know, why?” Many users commented on this thread and we have picked the top 20 things for you!

1. Marvel Universe

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First off, the sheer number of characters in that universe is like trying to remember everyone’s name at a massive family reunion. There’s Iron Man, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Black Widow-  and that’s just the tip of the superhero iceberg. 

This person shared, “The Avengers/Marvel Universe. There’s so much out there now that I think I missed the boat.”

Someone else replied, “I feel you there. I took a break after Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and had no idea where to start next. Or which Disney+ shows I need to watch? It’s overwhelming. I stopped with CW DC shows once it got overwhelming too.”

2. TikTok

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Someone wrote, “Tiktok mfs are the worst. Be callin ppl newgens for posting literally anything.”

Another added, “TikTok unironically deteriorates your brain with the constant dopamine hits of short-form videos.”

Then there’s this thing called “TikTok trends.” One day it’s lip-syncing; the next day, it’s food hacks; and the day after that, it’s pet shenanigans. And some people can’t keep up with the revolving door of trends.

3. Anime

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Anime can be a serious commitment. Some episodes stretch a single moment into an entire episode, with characters contemplating the universe as if deciding what to have for breakfast is earth-shattering. 

One said, “Anime. I really can’t see the appeal, and almost every aspect of it annoys me, but I don’t have anything against people that like it.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “I used to watch it, but a lot of stuff in anime is very repetitive, and some of them just suck. Like how many I got transported to another world, harem, high school, tournament battle animes are out there?!”

4. One Piece

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First off, that episode counts. Seriously, it’s like they’re on a mission to break some kind of world record for the longest anime ever. We’ve all got stuff to do- jobs, hobbies, naps; and dedicating our life to watching a single show isn’t on the agenda. 

A discerning Reddit user commented, “One Piece. Over 1000 episodes are way too much for me to want to start it up.”

Another commented, “I didn’t get into it either, but that’s simply because, to me, the concept sounds far too silly.”

Another person pitched in to say, “I can’t knock the basis of it, but the journey taking 1000+ episodes. I can’t imagine any story that’s so good that it would run that long and not decline.”

5. Doctor Who

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One user said, “Doctor Who. There’s just so much out there I don’t know where to start.” 

Someone else replied, “I don’t recommend what has been done in recent years….it’s garbage.”

And the monsters, oh boy. Sure, some of them are classics- Daleks, Cybermen, but others are like a bizarre mashup of someone’s fever dream. A trash can with a whisk and a plunger? A blob of green goo with teeth? Is the production team alright?

6. Twitter

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This person shared, “Twitter. I was on MySpace, Facebook, vine, and TikTok, but Twitter has never meshed with me. Feels too much like attention seekers yelling into the void and hoping for a pat on the back.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “Ah, there is where my disconnect with that platform is. I’m sure it is simply not using it enough to really understand it, but there is no element of interaction on Twitter.”

And let’s talk about the character limit. Seriously, 280 characters might sound like a lot, but it’s like trying to fit a novel into a fortune cookie. We can barely introduce ourselves in that space, let alone articulate a nuanced opinion on complex issues.

7. Taylor Swift

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Swifties are like a pack of wolves fiercely protecting their den. Mention that you’re not into Taylor’s music and might as well be insulting their grandmother’s cooking!

Someone wrote, “Taylor Swift. In fairness, I’m a 50-year-old musician.”

Another added, “Taylor Swift’s Midnights album. Listened all the way through one time, and it was the musical equivalent of Nyquil. Don’t hate it, it just doesn’t do anything for me.”

Another person pitched in to say, “I’m in my 20s and can’t stand her. She’s too much. Somebody needs to tell her that not everything is about her.”

8. Influencers

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Scrolling through an influencer’s feed feels like flipping through a glossy magazine where every moment is meticulously curated. They’re sipping on unicorn lattes while lounging on a beach that looks like it’s straight out of a travel brochure. It’s all too unreal!

A Reddit user shared, “Influencers. Lol. I feel like such a boomer.”

Another commented, “Influencer not equal to expert. I don’t waste my time on opinions. I believe in science and cold hard facts. Plus, their constant whining to ‘Like! Subscribe! Comment! Share!’ They sound like attention wh*res.”

9. Game of Thrones

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The brutality! We get it; it’s a gritty medieval world where heads roll as often as punchlines in a comedy show. But sometimes, it feels like they’re trying to outdo themselves with shock value!

One shared, “Game of Thrones because it sounds too dark for my tastes.”

Someone else replied, “Me too. Their names were too similar, and I needed an org chart to remember them. I suppose the dark only makes the light shine brighter — though the final seasons disappointed many.”

10. Cars

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Urban living might mean people don’t need to drive as much, making cars less of a big deal these days for some people.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “Cars. I mean, I just don’t get the hype. Since I’m a guy, every other guy thinks that I know and that I’m interested in cars, but they always get surprised when I say I’m not.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “I know that you can mod cars and change different parts and stuff, but I still don’t fit it interesting. You know? I’m pretty sure I’ve even been called gay for not liking cars once or twice…”

11. Star Wars

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Star Wars has infiltrated every nook and cranny of consumer culture. From action figures to lightsaber-shaped spatulas, they’re using the Force to take over everyone’s shopping list, and people aren’t too happy about it. 

One user said, “Star Wars. Don’t say a word about Star Wars. Tried to watch it once, could not even get all the way through.”

Another added, “I can’t get into star wars. I observe it and watch the community from afar, but I don’t know where to start. And with all the movies and TV shows and lore, it’s hard for me to squeeze time.”

12. Superheroes

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Radioactive spider bites, gamma radiation accidents-  it’s like superhero backstories have more twists and turns than a soap opera. It’s hard to relate when your most exciting origin story involves getting your braces off and finally trying sushi for the first time. 

This person shared, “Any of that superhero stuff. Captain America? Spiderman? Sounds lame.”

Another person pitched in to say, “I grew up reading comic books. They were far better. It may be age (I’m 57), but reading a real story with a plot is far better than what they call a ‘plot’. But I’ll be the 1st to admit the special effects are great, but still not better than the comics.”

13. Country Music

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Someone wrote, “Country music. I would like to enjoy it but can’t bring myself to do it.”

Another added, “My parents got me started on violin lessons when I was three years old, so I’ve got a lifetime of music theory in my head. Whenever I listen to country, I can’t get over how simple everything is. Chord progressions, time signatures, it’s all so basic. There’s no depth to any of it. The lyrics, the instruments, the musical skill set. Seriously, I’ve never heard of a country guitarist virtuoso.””

And let’s talk about the themes. Heartache, pickup trucks, and beer; country music’s got a checklist of clichés that they’re determined to tick off in every song.

14. Sports

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Listening to sports commentary is like tuning into a foreign news channel without subtitles. Dribbling, free throws, hat tricks- they really do speak a language only athletes and sports commentators understand. It’s all too confusing!

A discerning Reddit user commented, “Sport. As in watching. Not 100%; I sometimes enjoy odd things, bits of the Olympics, and events where I know a player (once). I used to play some things at  ground level, but all that attention to teams and so on baffles me. I think I’m unusual in this.”

Someone else replied, “Especially golf. Because people who play it seem like spoiled brats.”

15. The Office

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A Reddit user shared, “The Office. I’ve laughed at a couple of episodes and know the memes/gifs, but generally, I’ve just never been able to watch the episodes. Now, Workaholics…. I’ve watched every season about 10 times or so.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “The Office. So many friends and people my age love it, and I have just never been able to watch it and enjoy it.”

For some of us, the whole “awkward humor” thing is the deal-breaker. Like, we get that life’s full of cringy moments, but do we really need to relive those secondhand cringes through fictional characters?

16. Breaking Bad

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This person shared, “I cannot get into Breaking Bad. It just doesn’t hold my interest at all.”

Another added, “Same. I tried three different times based on recommendations as to where it would pick up. It never did.”

So, if you’re a “Breaking Bad” superfan, that’s cool- you do you. Just don’t be surprised if some of us opt for less intense shows where we don’t need a Ph.D. in chemistry to follow along!

17. TV Shows

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One user said, “Any really popular show and most movies. I’ve never watched things like breaking bad or stranger things and never seen any star wars or Lord of the Rings movies.”

Another commented, “Any tv show that has over a hundred (or several hundred) episodes that people use to make memes. I see so many walking dead memes, but idk if I’m getting into it because it’s so long.”

Look, we aren’t saying these long and famous TV shows are the devil incarnate. Clearly, they’ve got dedicated fan bases who can quote dialogue like it’s the Bible. But for some of us, it’s like trying to read War and Peace in one sitting, and nobody got time for that.

18. The Kardashians

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “The Kardashians. I just don’t get why people are interested.”

Another added, “You can’t scroll through social media, flip on the TV, or read a magazine without catching a glimpse of a Kardashian. They are literally everywhere; I can’t catch a break.”

Here’s the deal- some of us just can’t get into it. Why would we want to watch rich and famous people do rich and famous things? They’re drinking champagne like it’s water, throwing parties that look more expensive than our entire life, and posting selfies that take longer to set up than a presidential debate!

19. Dating Apps

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Someone wrote, “Dating apps, I like meeting and talking to women in person. I like knowing in person if we have chemistry or not. It’s also quicker to know if I like them and vice-versa.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “You think you’ve hit it off with someone – great conversations, maybe even a date or two – and then they disappear. No explanation, no goodbye.”

Sure, people are supposed to showcase their best selves, but it’s like a highlight reel of everyone’s lives. “World traveler,” “fitness enthusiast,” and “dog lover” are pretty much-required entries. Can’t we just be real and admit that sometimes we binge-watch Netflix for an entire weekend on our dating profile?

20. Pokémon Games

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So, imagine this: everyone’s hyped about these Pokémon that you have to catch, train, and battle in these video games. People are trading cards and forming fan clubs like it’s the Olympics of virtual creatures. But hold up-, some of us can’t seem to jump on the Poké-train, even though it’s been rolling through town for decades.

This person shared, “As an avid gamer, I could never get into any of the Pokemon games. They’re just the most basic turn-based RPG’s with no story and no challenge. Also, walking around collecting all the pokemon just isn’t that interestiing.”

Someone else replied, “I find the story playthroughs boring to the point of frustration; it made me quit the series, having to re-beat the story every time a new game came out.”

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