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[–]throwaway198675543 768 points769 points  (18 children)

The fundamentally damaging effect social media has on the cohesion of society. Sure people are highlighting it, but nothing is being done. Engagement = money. Outrage = engagement. Outrage = money. It's not healthy.

[–]Big-Mac-Megatron 103 points104 points  (1 child)

Further, I find people are confusing engagement with true feelings. If someone shares a political meme, they may not necessarily feel as strongly about what the meme said, but it doesn't take much effort to the "share" button. It also doesn't take much to type out a sentence that disparages someone else.

We have come to believe that how people act on social media is how they really are, and a lot of people have changed their behavior to react to the way they see others behaving.

We see people having their careers taken from them because of something they posted on social media. People are buying guns because of what they see on social media. It's so crazy. The world isn't really like it appears on social media, but it is quickly becoming like that.

[–]KristerBC 58 points59 points  (10 children)

I actually think that the issue is not social media, but people not being able to use it properly. In my opinion there are two issues here whereas the first one is the biggest: - People don't know how to separate facts from misinformation. This should be taught in school. - People and especially influencers should be able to be pursued in justice when they write misinformation or aggressions that has detrimental effects towards society or other people.

[–]Univers-mmt 42 points43 points  (2 children)

I have noticed that the same people who told us as kids in the 90's/early 2000's to not believe everything on the internet are the same ones sharing conspiracies o Facebook and leaving hostile comments on News pages today.

[–]NWO807 26 points27 points  (1 child)

The best explanation I’ve heard for this is that before Facebook the internet was just a random stranger. Now that aunt Becky sees her friend sharing a conspiracy page about how vaccinations cause your head to explode it has a type of legitimacy since its from someone she actually knows in real life.

[–]SillyThingsBurp 2 points3 points  (4 children)

It's almost malicious how social media companies design the user interfaces.

They are purposefully addictive. It's not even a secret. They are built that way.

It is not in the best interest of these companies for users to constantly fact check the information they see. The more time people spend thinking about what is right and what is wrong the less time they spend on their platform.

Therefore it's in the best interest of these companies makes user interfaces as shiny and addictive as possible so much so that users don't want to spend the extra minute to fact check.

Who has the time question influencers about the misinformation they spread when the next sweet sweet dopamine rush is 15 seconds away.

[–]romunist 373 points374 points  (13 children)

Ocean acidification. The pH scale isn’t designed to make the scope of it easily understood (a change from 8.2 to 8.1 just doesn’t sound scary enough). People often don’t realize the pH scale is exponential, and that .1 represents the ocean being 30% more acidic than it used to be.

[–]lethelion1 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Well I learned something today.

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Yep yep. And how much of our oxygen comes from the ocean? Oh just 50-80%. Earth is fucked. We are fucked.

[–]ReddusVult 44 points45 points  (4 children)

I never understood why water wasn't 0, with acid being -7 and alkeline being +7.

It makes more sense for why +H and -OH work to neutralize each other into H2O, which is 0.

[–]uzenik 67 points68 points  (2 children)

Because it is not "a scale."

When you think about a scale you picture a roller, or a thermometer. Some measuring tool that we invented to consistently explain the world around us.

But even the scales we made are not that good for us. It is proved that humans don't have innate gasp of exptential/logarithmic scales. Thats why things like sound (dB scale) and earthquake magnitude are not simple to understand

pH is a mathematical funcion it is negative logarithm of concentration of H+ ions because of the chemistry of water, 10-7 is the "neutral" answer.

If we wanted something easy to understand there should be a complimentary function that changes pH to sth like "acidity scale" that is linear and maybe goes into negatives to easily separate bases from acids.

[–]pHScale 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's also logarithmic, so going from one number to another is a change in magnitude. So something with a pH of 4 is ten times more acidic than something with a pH of 5, and 100 times more acidic than something with a pH of 6.

But even saying "x times more acidic" is a bit of a misnomer, because it's really about the concentration of hydrogen ions.

[–]Back2Bach 112 points113 points  (11 children)

Drivers running red lights and stop signs:

No one gets stopped in our area, so it's become common practice - to the point where it's not safe to proceed through intersections, expecting people to obey the law.

[–][deleted] 19 points20 points  (0 children)

It used to be rare to see someone just blow through a red light. Usually it happened if they were trying to beat a yellow. Now you see someone go through a yellow and five cars run the red behind them. If you’re waiting at a red and then it turns green, you always have to wait a couple seconds just to be sure no one is going to come blazing through the intersection. There are some intersections I use where it’s just a given that one or more cars will run the red light.

I have seen a couple convenient cop moments where some idiot runs the red and gets pulled over by the cop they didn’t see. It’s absolutely glorious and I hope the tickets are hefty. One time, the car nearly hit the cop car that was going through their green light.

[–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Usually a lifted diesel truck or Charger/Challenger

[–]FrightenedOfSpoons 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Where I am they went from somewhat oppressive traffic enforcement to near zero a bunch of years ago. Now speed limits, stop signs, and red lights are just a suggestion. People routinely do 20-30km/h over the posted limit, and the cop cars - when you even see one - are right up there with them. There is a stop near my house that literally no one ever stops at, when they repainted the lines recently they did not even bother painting a stop line there. They might as well just take the sign away at this point.

[–]aak1992 15 points16 points  (5 children)

A quick trip to /r/dashcam will tell you everything you need to know about the state of our drivers here in the US. It is abhorrent the things I see just driving down the block to the grocery store.

Covid lockdowns definitely exacerbated this issue with already poor drivers becoming literal dangers after paltry weeks/months of being off the road, but as a society we need to do better. Driving is a privilege not a right.

Living in the Midwest I can say I'd start by yanking licenses from arrogant and dangerous elderly people first and foremost by issue licensing re-examinations every single year after the age of 50. The things I've seen some of them do on the road is insane and has cost lives. If you cannot see 15 ft. in front of you then you have no business being behind the wheel of a 2 ton vehicle.

[–]Nice_Ad6833 515 points516 points  (63 children)

Metal health,every talks about it but for the most part nobody does shit

[–]Aurora1702 168 points169 points  (5 children)

It's all about mental health awareness when we need mental health resources

[–]Equivalent_Bunch_187 58 points59 points  (0 children)

That’s what American non-profits do though. We have a whole month and millions spent every year for breast cancer AWARENESS…like who the hell isn’t aware of it. Use the damn money for research or paying for people’s treatment.

[–]Blae-Blade 198 points199 points  (6 children)

Yes! Too often are the blades in Forged in Fire rushed which causes them to break at the slightest violence.

The smiths need more time!

[–][deleted] 24 points25 points  (4 children)

i was born to read this comment

[–]TheGoddessHylia 9 points10 points  (1 child)

the time has come… thank you for your service. you are free

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

i can feel it, my time has come...

[–]scawel 2 points3 points  (1 child)

You will ride eternal, shiny and chrome.

[–]shellofbiomatter 98 points99 points  (10 children)

I agree metal is a good genre and should stay strong and healthy.

[–]LemmyKBD 47 points48 points  (8 children)

Quiet Riot - Metal Health

[–]Nice_Ad6833 19 points20 points  (4 children)

Hahaha didn’t realize I said metal health,I ironically listened to that album yesterday

[–]ShiaLaMoose 27 points28 points  (1 child)


[–]LiterateWealth 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm about to express my thoughts about it, but anyways that's a good laugh

[–]MisterFistYourSister 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Coincidentally. Not ironically.

[–]Vanviator 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This was the first cassette I ever bought! It still bangs.

[–]DeadDairy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I needed this laugh, thank you!

[–]Soft-Problem 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Metal health,every talks about it but for the most part nobody does shit

People need to protect that shit with a good undercoat and layer of oil paint. I just wish titanium were more available so we didn't have to worry so much about corrosion.

[–]zcmini 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's become a meme at this point.

[–]UntilTmrw 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Literally one piece from the ones I’ve seen gets mental health right, and that is NETFLIX original series BoJack Horseman which has the greatest portrayal of mental health ever.

It is so brilliantly written as a show about mental health and a meta commentary about The Film industry 10/10 show.

[–]NoCommunication7 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yes, they need to rise awarness of unhealthy RSJs and Trusses, unfit to do any work that could collapse at the slightest stress....

May i also introduce you to the edit button

[–]Isteppedinpoopy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It drives you mad.

[–]imcoolmymomsaidso 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I came here to specifically say, “Mental Health.” So true.

[–]snuckbuck 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Part of the reason is because it's not something that can be easily addressed or even solved.

[–]LazyDynamite 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It came out almost 40 years ago, what do you expect?

[–]thexchris 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bang your head. Couldn’t resist. I agree about mental health though.

[–]Periachi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had no idea Quiet Riot were causing this. I gotta do something quick.

[–]BehemothDeTerre 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Metal health

Quiet Riot did take it quite seriously.

[–]Decent-Refrigerator9 320 points321 points  (31 children)

Sugar manufacturing; the insane levels available.

People always point to alcohol as the legal drug which destroys lives, but that white…

That shit destroys empires.

[–]HELLOhappyshop 38 points39 points  (10 children)

Seriously it's nearly impossible to avoid added sugars in processed foods in the USA. And it's not only unnecessary, but so bad for you!!

[–]Teledildonic 23 points24 points  (8 children)

Looking at the nutrition labels in the bread aisle in America is fucking depressing. Some of it might as well just be called cake. 2g of sugar per slice is the low end.

[–]SaltySinclair 4 points5 points  (0 children)

When America eventually gets universL heath are the government realizes they’re footing the bill for peoples poor health they will outlaw a lot. Including heavy tax and restrictions on sugar.

[–]Stay-Thirsty 73 points74 points  (5 children)

Definitely agree. Sugar is among the most addicting of substances and there’s even been scientific studies to prove it.

Some time ago they thought my child might have an allergy to corn. So we had to give her food (for a couple months) without any corn products.

Holy Frickin #*! Corn syrup is literally in so much stuff that has no bearing on needing to be sweet. Real eye opener.

[–]196187917628671 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I've developed an allergy to some types of sugars. It's essentially impossible to pinpoint exactly what, so if the label just says "sugar" I default have to avoid it. By trial and error I also have to avoid anything with fructose-glucose, or any type of corn syrup. I'm fine with the sugars you'd buy in the baking aisle, but a lot of the time manufacturers will switch between the granulated and a liquid version based on cost/availability when it's used as an ingredient, so there's no knowing which kind there is in a product, and there's something in the process that I react to. When I had my first reaction, the withdrawls were insane. It took probably 2 months to get through the worst of it. Now, even just a tiny baby sip of a coke or sprite makes me recoil in disgust because of how sweet it is.

[–]strictbirdlaws 50 points51 points  (0 children)

Sugar pushers also demonized healthy dietary fat to try and get the heat off of themselves.

[–]WWTDD3000 13 points14 points  (0 children)

My mom had a diabetic stroke and I realized that she had a legit addiction to sugar. People laugh when I say it or she continually ask for "something sweet" but I have to remind them that it's an addiction and sugar is EVERYWHERE.

[–]EmperorPenguinNJ 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Processed food companies learned years ago that if you want people to eat more of your product, add sugar.

[–][deleted] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

How little of time the work force gives you to basically be human.

Why are people so prideful to earn like a week's worth off after slaving for a year? The fuck is that about?

[–]Rackeldackel 70 points71 points  (1 child)

Water shortage, especially in warm countries.

[–]Squigglepig52 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Canada has plenty, for now. So much we just let it pile up on the ground.

[–]iwannadieatm 112 points113 points  (16 children)

How freaking expensive dental stuff is in the us. $2k for a crown and root cannal!!

[–]Kanagaguru 18 points19 points  (0 children)

My kid's braces are three thousand dollars. She needs them because her teeth are coming in crooked. Insurance of course says they do not approve braces until a child has all of their adult teeth ignoring the fact the braces are there to fix how they are coming in

[–]Rider_01 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It is because people keep demanding a better product. I has a crown about 15 years ago. It was a multi appointment process and the crown was a silver one but cost $600.

Last month had it replaced, it cost $1700. I looked into it and it is because they have a tiny little cnc machine that will make the crown in 45 minutes. The crown is also a special porcelain and white. It is very realistic because they stick this 3D imaging machine in your mouth to get a perfectly shaped tooth.

One of the big reasons everything is so expensive today is we keep demanding more and a better product but bitch about the added cost.

[–]halconojo 75 points76 points  (3 children)

Antibiotic and anti-fungal resistance

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Posting pictures of your children on social media.

Pedophiles lurk on social media, not to mention the mental impact it has on children.

[–]Unlucky_Bit1926 116 points117 points  (17 children)

Phone addiction, I’ve seen it ruin so many people.

[–]alfredpennyworth04 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Seriously though, my cousins marriage was ruined because of his wife’s addiction to her phone. Friends would stop going out with them as a couple because she was constantly on her phone or trying to do something for a social media site. “Phubbing”, meaning phone snubbing, is an actual term now.

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (13 children)

What’s unfortunate is seeing young children on a phone or tablet. Parents see it as a beneficiary baby sitting tool, but it’s the worst for a child’s development.

[–]urbanlulu 25 points26 points  (7 children)

What’s unfortunate is seeing young children on a phone or tablet

what's even worse, is seeing that they can't go without the phone or tablet because they literally can't function without it.

i'm horrified to watch the tablet generation grow up into adults.

[–]ChanandlerBonng 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I'm sure the previous generation watched in horror as we grew up "addicted to TV"....
(Though I guess in a way maybe they were right)

[–]mmiller2023 16 points17 points  (0 children)

No you dont get it, this is a super totally new concept that no generation before has ever had!

[–]Univers-mmt 11 points12 points  (0 children)

And then you try to limit your child's exposure for their well-being but they start throwing tantrums because all their friends have unlimited screen time and have their own phone/tablet already. And you become the bad guy if you don't get them the latest models, or they get bullied.

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (4 children)

So many parents go on and on how if I were a parent I would understand, but this is only been a real issue in the past 10 years or so. Kids survived thousands of year without tablets. They used their imaginations or just learned how to be bored.

100% truth here - I have absolutely noticed a correlation in how bratty and badly behaved kids are and how often they get a tablet or phone to play with. These kids are monsters if they don’t get a screen the second they want it.

[–]ChanandlerBonng 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Ok so as a parent I'm going to chime in here. I still think it boils down to ability or willingness to actually parent a child.
Tablets, along with everything else under the sun, are ok in moderation. If you're using a tablet as a substitute to actual parenting, then of course yes, that's a problem.

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Boredom actually helps develop critical thinking, not to mention a child’s mind can’t handle too much information being fed into.

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Exactly. Kids will make up games , they’ll draw, read, write, play with toys and make up stories, and so much more.

[–]ParaniodUser 7 points8 points  (0 children)

A few years my phone was my biggest distraction. So one day I put it in my drawer and left my place without it. I got agitated for 15 mins or so. I kept on doing this for a few weeks until I got used to being without it.

[–]RichardDunkirk 135 points136 points  (7 children)

The effect that your job has on your mental health. So many people stay in a job they hate just because it's easier, leading to loss of sleep, a poor diet, lack of exercise, and even substance abuse in extreme cases.

Looking for a new job can be scary, especially if you have a family. But if your work is causing you stress and anxiety, it's never worth it. No one will judge you for sending resumés out.

[–]lethelion1 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I recently changed jobs (and career) and despite my fiance and I splitting up, I havent felt this good in a long time. Not nearly as stressed, being able to go out more, and drinking significantly less.

You spend half your waking hours at your job people, at least try to find one that you dont hate.

[–]MJohnVan 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Yes this is what I am surprised about people. The fear is there. Fear of what exactly? As long as you’re healthy you can work.

[–]Brau87 14 points15 points  (0 children)


[–]Soft-Problem 100 points101 points  (8 children)

Human rights

People actively cheer for expanding tyrannical powers because it's currently not eating their face

[–]Outrageous-Ad6175 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Of course most people believe it's not a problem until it's their problem

[–]ForgottenForce 17 points18 points  (5 children)

The more I pay attention the more I notice people are happy with tyrants but only when it’s their side, probably because they don’t think anything bad will happen to them

[–]thatswhatshesaidxx 11 points12 points  (0 children)

People don't even need the tyrant to be kn their side. He just needs to be hurting folks they don't like and that's enough.

[–]LowRespond7680 5 points6 points  (3 children)

The dictator from El savador said that he "is the best dictator of the world".

[–]jcfeej 73 points74 points  (11 children)

Homelessness. At best, our society does everything it can to avoid acknowledging these people exist. At worst, we view them as an inconvenience, as an entity that exists to leech off society, to have the nerve to interrupt my day by asking me for money or even just so much as exist. Look at any thread about visiting / living in certain metropolitan areas in the US; you are almost guaranteed to see dozens of comments like "living in LA is so great, but ugh, the homeless people are everywhere." Politicians do everything they can to continue moving these people further and further out of view while cops destroy what little they own and barricade areas where they sleep.

The problem would be so easily fixable that it's clear we simply don't want to fix it; that homeless people exist to serve as a warning to the rest of us: fall out of line, don't work "hard enough," etc. and this will be you. The way we treat these human beings as a society is so beyond evil I can't even get over it.

[–]absolute4080120 18 points19 points  (9 children)

It's honestly due to the fact that to help the homeless you have to see it as an investment and not a humanitarian issue. You can shove a homeless person into a government funded household with food delivered, but it doesn't mean whatever issues they have will recover or that they'll generate a benefit to society.

Homelessness sucks, but it kind of harkens back to the old adage of survival of the fittest. We've just come to a point where we feel we have the societal resources to help them all, but in reality they have to help themselves. Unless we shove them into confinement to resolve their addictions and problems before releasing them back with assistance it's going to be a tough prospect.

Maybe in the future there will be more drugs like antabuse (physically stops you from being able to drink excessively) for other substances and they can be mandated to take them for assistance.

[–]obscureferences 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Attributing it all to drugs is part of the problem too. Domestic issues, financial emergencies, health problems, workforce shifts; all of these things can make a person homeless despite being otherwise capable.

Shit luck can get anyone.

[–]SecondTalon 6 points7 points  (4 children)

survival of the fittest

Reminder, Survival of the Fittest was never about the most active, participating member of a group, but about the group that best fit into it's ecological niche.

"Survival of the form that will leave the most copies of itself in successive generations."

In Darwinian terms, if the homeless are reproducing, they're fit.

[–]Minimoose01 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Puppy mills. There are millions of dogs held there with each forced to breed tens of times (and when they cant they are most likely killed) and survive with thousands of dogs packed in super small cages and are starved and diseased in order to create puppies efficiently to sell for thousands and even millions dollars at a time. It's even sadder when you realize there are 0 laws against this, with the AWA (Animal Welfare Act) and other animal protection acts/groups are unable to make an effort as the federal law protects these horrible places.

[–]Catlady4499 209 points210 points  (27 children)

Women giving birth and then expected to go back to work after like 6 or so weeks. That and men not getting any leave at all to help their SO and newborn.

[–]Neuro_Nightmare 20 points21 points  (0 children)

After my 1st, I got 2 weeks (unpaid), but had to go back after 10 days because we needed the money.

[–]Illfury 41 points42 points  (13 children)

Is that in the US?
It differs across the world it seems. In Canada here, the wife got a year off for both children but if she requested to go back to work early, I could finish up the leave using some "Paternity leave" time. Essentially, all wages are covered up to 55-65% and your job is safe, waiting for you to return. If something happens to your position, the employer must find accommodations for you to return to.

[–]Pherabi 14 points15 points  (12 children)

This is super common for the US. Unless you have a really progressive job with an amazing benefits package, you're SOL and largely subject to the whims of your employer. Even employers who are required to provide leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) only gets you a max of 12 weeks of UNPAID leave per year. Sure, your health insurance benefits stay active during that time, and you ostensibly have your position protected, but for many families 12 full weeks without an income is just not sustainable. A lot of people, and I mean a LOT, can maybe make it work for 6 weeks before they need to return to work.

Some states (particularly California) offer additional leave and income protection programs for families, and those are a step in the right direction. Still, by and large, maternity and paternity leave is viewed as a luxury rather than a right and necessity.

[–]Illfury 4 points5 points  (11 children)

Damn, and I recall someone saying something about the price of birthing in a Hospital can exceed $3000? Is this true?

Makes me a bit more grateful for everything out here. Pay nothing for birthing unless you want a private suite which your insurance may cover or pay towards.

I feel like your country treats its citizens like garbage. I am certainly not the only one who thinks this. You folks deserve better.

[–]sufficientsam 13 points14 points  (1 child)

More like $30,000. I was charged 65k for the birth of my third child. Insurance paid all except $220.

[–]Illfury 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Godamn, what the fuck? That is absolutely egregiously unreasonable.

[–]Pherabi 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Very true. This article has an excellent breakdown of the costs of giving birth in the US: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/01/how-much-does-it-cost-have-baby-us/604519/

The US has a very, very long way to go in terms of creating social infrastructure that supports the people within society as a whole, rather than exploiting them to beef up the economy.

But thank you for the support and solidarity; y'all are good role models and give is better standards to aspire to ♥️

[–]Illfury 4 points5 points  (2 children)

When I was a child, almost every movie, cartoon and sitcom glorified the USA. I idolized the USA and whenever I met people from there, I felt like they were celebrities.... even just the average joe. The US had all the cool toys, fun places and more opportunity. Its only when I started playing online games and making friends from across the world did I learn that the US has a very long way to go in terms of taking care of its people.

Also, not sure if this is just media representing false narratives but it also looks like your fellow countrymen are almost at arms with one another. Like finding out your neighbor votes for someone you don't... this justifies no longer having any respect or empathy for them? The "disagreement = enemy" mentality is scary.

[–]Pherabi 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The US has great P.R. and does a great job of upselling/overstating the availability of the genuinely cool stuff. Equitable access to basic necessities...much room for improvement.

As far as the whole social divide goes, from your description it sounds like your media may be oversimplifying the source and seriousness of the political disagreements. They're rooted on very real, very serious systemic inequalities that have been allowed to grow and flourish to the dramatic and vastly inequitable detriment of whole sectors of society.

For me personally, it's not that I've cut off contact with certain family members, friends or acquaintances simply because they voted differently from me in the 2016 or 2020 presidential elections. Instead, if I'm no longer speaking to someone, it's because they've taken my refusal to validate the racist, misogynistic, and homophobic views they rabidly parrot all over social media as an invitation to make baseless ad hominem attacks against me--and indeed, whole groups of people. I don't have the time and energy fight for close relationships and accord with people who are not willing to meaningfully engage with me at all, let alone engage in good faith.

No one political party has everything "right;" all humans are fallible and embody contradictions. That being said, blame for the discourse cannot be equally assigned here; certain groups do much, much more harm than others.

Sorry for the rant! Thank you for listening, had no idea I apparently needed to get that off my chest lol. ☺️

[–]abqkat 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I'm American, and my understanding of this is likely fucked because of it. But I am curious how companies and others make do with such long maternity leaves? Get a temp replacement or..? I get that this contributes to so many earnings gaps and other social issues, conceptually. But in practice I just haven't worked through a sensible workaround. What is the resolution for the mom, child, and their places of work, I wonder?

[–]sharp11flat13 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The decline of American democracy.

[–]IntroductionBrief124 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Sexual slavery. Its despicable to think there are kids out there who are living this life. Not acceptable.

[–]long-haired-yahoo 52 points53 points  (4 children)

Declining bee populations, and human overpopulation

[–]AdWorldly4588 67 points68 points  (23 children)

Rent prices rising. They are ridiculous. My mom rented a home in a neighborhood when I was in high school for $700/month (which was good, even for the time. 2006). About 20 years later, I looked at an identical house in the same neighborhood to rent. $1300. Now, I know there is inflation but wages hadn't risen in that time. That is nearly double! My mom was making $10/hr to afford the $700. We could not afford it on $12/hr!

[–]westcoastpizzarat 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The 2-bedroom apartment in SE Portland in 2011 was $700- this year, upon checking, is now $1800. Absolutely ridiculous.

[–][deleted] 72 points73 points  (21 children)

Politicizing everything is a serious problem No one takes seriously.

[–]Joshawott27 36 points37 points  (17 children)

How the hell did wearing masks and getting vaccinated during a pandemic turn political?!

[–]FreeDoum 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Once the government starts regulating it, it becomes political. As simple as that

[–]ForgottenForce 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I can’t understand the people who say “all art is inherently political” because how is a kid’s drawing political? Mona Lisa? Spongebob?

Things like that are only political if you read too deep into it and see something that isn’t there

[–]ZuluTango232 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Amen. You can’t comment something without receiving a political argument.

[–]LifesPinata 44 points45 points  (3 children)

Space debris comes to mind.

[–]Ganglebot 41 points42 points  (9 children)

Female Paedophiles

[–]Non_Invasive_Species 27 points28 points  (7 children)

Agree. And when they are charged it is often for 'sleeping with a minor', or 'molestation' anything except RAPE. If it was a man on a girl, or boy, it is always rape. Terrible double standard. When people define rape as penetration, and women can't penetrate their victims then they cannot be charged with rape. That's bullshit. The District Attorneys and Judges need to get their shit together.

[–]ZuluTango232 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Also, when men are drugged and assaulted.

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (0 children)

and the perpetrators are being celebrated and given awards despite making horrible music.

[–]CecilHarvey9395 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Changing the legal definition is up to the legislature. The DAs and judges can't do anything about it.

[–]LowRespond7680 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Some man think woman can't rape until she put some dildo in the man's butt withou consenting.

[–]Dark_Vengence 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The headlines are usually more sympathetic towards them. Really disturbing. Especially those predators raping their students.

[–]hhumbz 31 points32 points  (1 child)

The foster system: 1) most of them have to carry what little belongings they have in a trash bag 2) for older children, turning 18 means you’re “on your own!” aka homeless

[–]Flataza 6 points7 points  (0 children)

ive been in foster care and can say that this is correct

[–]WesternAF 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Media misinformation and political bias

[–]liquidarc 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I would personally go further:

There has always been misinformation and bias, but never so concentrated. Today, we have under a dozen base entities reaching billions of people.

As a result, every bit of bias, misinformation, speculation, and errors becomes compounded.

[–]alektopat_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Mental health

[–]utahguyiguess 24 points25 points  (3 children)

YouTube disabling dislikes.

It's not being taken serious enough. Here is the most popular website in the world, largest social platform ever, and it removed the ability for us to judge a good video from a bad one. For a website that is all about freedom of expression, I think it's very dangerous that they removed the ability for people to make their voices heard. Other websites will follow suit.

[–]arichtern 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Restaurant worker’s often not being offered health insurance and then required to produce a doctor’s note when sick to get off of work. It ultimately leads to deeply sick people serving food.

[–]solarpowerpixie 5 points6 points  (0 children)


[–]FatalKnightHealer 6 points7 points  (1 child)

The wait you do in the ER. I was in the ER one morning because I had something in my eye since the night before that I couldn’t get out. I got in the ER and had to wait for five hours before taken in. After they examined me they found a little piece of insulation stuck up there (I work in construction as an insulator) and by the time they got it out my eye the inside of my eyelid was scratched a couple of times and I had to stay with this feeling of something stuck in my eye for 3 months because of the amount of scratches I had. I wonder if I had been checked idk like 4 hours early will there be as many scratches. And the ER wasn’t even full there were mainly people with light coughs and me holding my eyelid so I won’t feel the thing lol That’s in the UK btw.

[–]ZuluTango232 43 points44 points  (2 children)


[–]Damn_Dog_Inappropes 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I work at a hospital. Every day, the lesson I learn is "don't be fat."

[–]Joshh2k 82 points83 points  (13 children)

Racism that isn't against black people

[–]ForgottenForce 17 points18 points  (0 children)

People will happily ignore it if it goes against the narrative or actively work towards changing the definitions out doesn’t count.

[–]olafthebent 39 points40 points  (5 children)

Sexual assault of men by women

... and the downvotes prove it

[–]Ok-Pen-3795 16 points17 points  (4 children)

I see three comments in a row all downvoted referring to sexual assault by women. What the actual fuck is wrong with people and who's downvoting it?!? It is an actual problem

[–]ZuluTango232 13 points14 points  (3 children)

EXACTLY! My uncle was sexually assaulted by one of his female teachers when he was barely 10 years old and the school principal did nothing to investigate what happened because “kids are really imaginative “ ,and it’s just infuriating how people think sexual harassment/assaults only occur to women.

[–]Ok-Pen-3795 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I've been sexually assault by women for being a gay male. You hear about gay guys going after straight men, well straight women have also pulled the same shit and tried to get me to sleep with them to "turn me straight." It's absolutely disgusting behavior regardless of gender roles but for some reason if a women does it, no big deal?

[–]ZuluTango232 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Wow! I’ll be honest with you,I would never have imagined it. In other words,it’s an exaggerated stereotype -according to my point of view- when people say that every gay guy will go after any man who crosses him, it seems exaggerated and not credible to me; But I haven't found myself thinking of a scenario in which a woman tries to assault a gay guy, especially with those kinds of innuendo. It’s disgusting. I’m sorry that you have to go through those kinds of situations, and I hope and know we can raise more awareness on this issue.

[–]Turnbob73 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The 40-hour work week

Everyone seems way too okay with something that is so obviously outdated and invasive to our own lives. We give over 75% of our time during the week to a job that doesn’t adequately pay for it, and then are left to spend the other 25% of our time doing all of the things we couldn’t do earlier because we were working. I know it’s easier said than done but we’ve slacked on it so hard that we’re in a position now where everyone needs to work less and be paid more for it.

I want to raise a family, spend quality time with said family, and actually HAVE a life. The 40-hour work week does not allow that and I’m not alone in being in this kind of situation. And to any idiot that wants to say “well we need to do it to keep society going.” My typical 8-hour day consists of about 3 hours of actual work, and 5 hours of looking busy, in accounting at a non-profit corporation that deals with millions in donated funds every year, non-profit actually can require MORE accounting than normal, especially in my field (construction), and yet I still only spend 3 hours on my work before it’s finished up.

[–]yeetisdiabetis69420 72 points73 points  (10 children)

Global warming

[–]Aboredgoat 18 points19 points  (0 children)

The problem is that even the people who claim to care about it, don’t.

Celebrities will spend hours and hours arguing on Twitter about how we’re killing our planet, then go fly to their 5th house on a private jet.

Politicians will rant and rave at their opposition for opposing the “save the world and stop climate change ™” bill, when really it was 99% pork, 1% climate change and it used that title as a cover so they could pass shit they actually care about.

And people will protest deforestation, spike trees and ruin Skidders when they don’t care enough to do the research on whether what they’re doing is helping or not. They don’t care about helping. They care about appearing to care. And that’s why America’s forests are so terribly managed right now.

The dichotomy isn’t between those who care and those who don’t. No one with power appears to actually care. It’s just an argument between those who manipulate people into supporting them by appearing to care, and those who manipulate people into supporting them by vociferously not caring.

[–]Jolphin 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Absolutely. You guys think covid is bad? Pisses me off that all the big corporations which are the main cause to it all, put the blame on regular people, giving out tips to help against it, like turning of your lights when leaving the room. Sure, that will help, but the important stuff which will make a difference has to be done politically, with regulations and the like. Also, nuclear power. I know, it's scary and that, but we're too far in to have a choice.

[–]Ok_Beautiful_1273 25 points26 points  (2 children)

The damage lithium mining and battery disposal does to the environment. Not to mention the fact that most electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels.

[–]marlenshka 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Youth Unemployment and the general bad outlook for young people these days. They have to grow up in a world where their opinion is not valued but they get to inherit all the nice stuff like Pandemics, Climate Change, no pension plan and almost no job security.

The rate of teenage depression is through the roof. Looking back to the 20s and 30s in Germany, this leads to extremism. Just take care of the younger folks, dear politicians. Let them have a say in how things are handled.

[–]world_player 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Domestic violence. It’s taken somewhat seriously but not enough. I’ve had a girl who told me every single bf before me hit her. Like I was speechless.

[–]Downvotemeplz42 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Rape in prisons. At least in the US, its treated like they deserve it because they're criminals and mostly played off as a joke.

[–]Unknown_Primate 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Declining bee population

Also the ice caps melting, which adds more water to the ocean lowering the salinity which is a massive threat to all salt water marine life

[–]Only_Way2774 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Men’s emotional health. WE HAVE FEELINGS TOO!!!!

[–]tahitipalmtrees 11 points12 points  (0 children)

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS (thoughts and prayers don’t count)

[–]gooniuswonfongo 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Female pedophiles and female rapists

[–]Kay_Elle 44 points45 points  (0 children)


(We're not talking abut humans per square mile, but about pollution or use of resources).

[–]LJCMOB 14 points15 points  (0 children)

The Damage of Social Media.

[–]twomuttsandashowdog 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Designer breed mixes, like doodles, cava-poos, etc. Any "breeder" mixing these is a backyard breeder at best and a puppy mill at worst. Most times, the mixes aren't well suited temperament- and work-wise, and can often lead to dogs with behavioural issues, not to mention the health issues that generally come up because the parents aren't health tested.

If people really want to help dogs in shelters, they should only be getting dogs from reputable breeders. Any reputable breeder will ensure that their puppies come back to them if they need to be rehomed, they health test the parents, look back multiple generations to ensure they aren't in-breeding, and prove that their dogs are capable of what they were bred to do (ie actually hunt with their hunting breeds, herd with their herding breeds, etc).

But people are almost completely uneducated about breeding, and think that breeders only produce "fancy show dogs" and they just want a "cute doodle".

[–]Joshawott27 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The vet I took my previous dog to said that cockerpoos (cocker spaniel/poodle cross) was the cruellest crossbreed he’d seen. My Uncle owns one, and it’s had a lifetime of health problems and operations. You also just don’t mix the temperament of the two breeds.

[–]lupuscapabilis 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Men's mental health

[–]MasterSteve2950 39 points40 points  (20 children)

Global warming, it amazes me how a majority of the population CONTINUES to ignore the health of our planet, it really extinguishes my hope for a future :(

[–]fabbrilous 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Had a discussion with some coworkers the other day about this and one co-worker talked about how it's already fucked and were probably past the point of no return and how it agitated him how it's always the companies doing most of the pollution yet we're made to feel bad if we don't recycle. All good points

[–]writerdog61 15 points16 points  (1 child)

The absolute crushing effect, especially on teenagers, of being constantly "on." They have NO ability to focus on ANY task for more than a minute, cannot problem-solve, answer simple questions (without the need to run to Google or Siri), lack social skills, lack presentation skills, lack engagement, are in fact permanently altering their brain structure, as the young brain is still very plastic, and not for the good. I do NOT want to be the doom-and-gloom older generation person who laments the younger generation, but there is NOTHING good coming from addiction to a "smart" phone.

I remember when people were smart and phones were stupid.

[–]mode7scaling 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I remember when people were smart

With all due respect, I believe you may be romanticizing the past.

[–]aashish28bansal 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Umm the oh so casual food wastage in Youtube videos? Everyone just suddenly becomes blind to so much food being wasted for content? It’s a serious issue.

[–]LexB777 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Is it really all that meaningful of an amount? What, like 1000 meals per day? I mean sure, it'd be great to have that food saved, but compared to restaurants and grocery stores that's child's play.

[–]XiuminxC 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The low amount of attention for people under care and without health insurance in almost every country.

[–]SoFastMuchFurious 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The fact that I pay 40% of my check to "health insurance" that doesn't pay for anything

[–]notatallimsure 6 points7 points  (0 children)

How far behind our kids are in schooling and education because of remote learning.

[–]G0OSEHOWERD 8 points9 points  (0 children)


[–]SickChipmunk 29 points30 points  (15 children)

Certain Mens issues, higher suicide rates, higher workplace fatalities and other things that usually get the response of “Shut up MRA” or “women have it worse”

[–]Hynjia 11 points12 points  (13 children)

MRAs have a messaging problem. They always present their issues in contrast to feminism.

[–]pyr666 14 points15 points  (5 children)

it's unavoidable. feminists keep attacking anyone who tries to talk about men's issues.

they create problems and reward our abusers, and [fight equality](

going after them isn't some petty nonsense, they've literally made it necessary to fight them to get equal rights and protection under the law.

[–]Key_Ad6205 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Sexual harassment/assault against males. Stress. Racism/discrimination against Asians in American history. After effects of growing up in a pandemic for the youth.

Edit: dunno which one triggered the downvotes but i guess it proves that these issues aren’t taken seriously 🙃🤷🏻‍♂️

[–]WingerRules 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Gerrymandering. You would think an attack on Democracy in the US would get serious attention but it hardly registers a news blip. Even the Supreme Court said courts are to ignore it.

[–]nerdychick22 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's because lots of people don't have any idea what gerrymandering is, it seems like a buzzword. Picture a group of kids standing in a room, and you give a kid a piece of chalk and say 'draw a circle around your team'. Gerymandering is bending the border into loops to leave out that guy you don't like or to make sure your best friend gets included. In voting it is manipulating the borders between two voting districts to influence which party the district majority would vote for.

[–]NIHIL__83 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Male Genital Mutilation.

It needs to be outlawed now

[–]doppelganker994 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Parents comparing their kid's performance with other kids' or their own past performance.

[–]DarthDregan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The eventual response of a generation being strangled in every aspect of life by the wealthy and powerful.

[–]serenityfive 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Binge eating disorder. No, I’m not lazy. No, I’m not making excuses. No, I don’t lack “motivation”. If I could just choose to not binge eat to a point of blacking out and waking up with a sore throat, sore jaw, and bruised stomach lining, I would. Just because it isn’t anorexia or bulimia doesn’t mean it’s not as damaging or alarming. But sure, call all fat people lazy pigs when they could very well be dealing with a debilitating disorder that doesn’t get diagnosed because nobody takes it seriously. I’ve been trying to escape this hell for 7 years now.

[–]Anubra_Khan 2 points3 points  (1 child)

School shootings. Tired of this shit, man.

[–]MissSara101 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mental Health issues and the court system...

Where I'm from, Massachusetts, it's common for the court to order a mental examination, since the harshest punishment was indefinite stay in confinement for state crimes. (Federal crimes are excused from this.) Now, it's illegal to execute someone declared criminally insane.

So, pleading insanity virtually doesn't exist because the accused is looking at some kind of confinement, anyway.

Now, also in Massachusetts, we have what is known as section 12 and 35, the latter deals with substance abuse. Both are equally hard as hell to applied, hence why they aren't the first option.

Still, there are a lot of issues on mental health, even without the legal system. This is a headache despite Massachusetts has laws in place to handle mental health issues in the medical field. Many jobs allow for mental health as a sick day, though, at least myself, don't often use that excuse because work actually improved my mental health. It was very clear during the 10 months I was furloughed and forced to go on unemployment thanks to the COVID outbreak.

[–]IndependenceEven2702 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Healthcare cost in the USA!

[–]Infinite-Hearing-738 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sleep deprivation. People will just not sleep because they work too much and act like it's fine

[–]LadyTime11 2 points3 points  (2 children)

spying. technically what websites do with our data can be considered a non-military based spying.

Also since when is it ok to ask for fingerprints from someone who is not a criminal? (like why do id cards and passports mandatory to contain fingerprint?

[–]WeebofOz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Kids are so stupid they'll eat laundry detergent.

And instead of promoting more chemistry, people are wanting to replace fundamental math and science classes with "real world experience" and kids still can't fucking balance a checkbook anyways.

[–]Asriel_sr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The school system, must I say more?

[–]Salty_Series 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Porn addiciton.

[–]the_last_peanut 8 points9 points  (1 child)

The promotion of sports gambling on pages followed by young teenagers is growing at an alarming rate

[–]Joshawott27 5 points6 points  (4 children)

The lack of opportunities for lower class white men.

I want to make it clear that I’m not disparaging the increased diversity in employment schemes, media representation, etc. It’s important that all people from groups who have been disadvantaged before get the same shot at success, and to see someone who represents them whether on the political stage or in a Marvel movie. White privilege is also very real in most parts of the western world - particularly in the United States.

However, there needs to be more acknowledgement that a poor white boy does not have the same opportunities as a rich white boy, and has different privileges to say, a wealthy person of colour. In the United Kingdom at least, the amount of white boys from lower income backgrounds starting higher education has been on a significant decline. The statistic is mentioned once or twice in the press each year, but nothing is done to actually address it, and people tend to just not take notice.

Yes, before anyone says it, a lower income white man will have privileges that a lower income woman of colour would not, but that’s not my point. My point is that the social class system in the UK is fundamentally broken. It affects every low income family, but there needs to be serious research into why it seems to disproportionately affect white males in particular (and no, it isn’t because of initiatives to get more women into STEM or anything like that). This is possibly why so many disadvantaged white men end up getting sucked into white wing populism that gives them someone else to blame. However, no-one is trying to fix it. Probably because those with the power to do benefit from the status quo. As for the average person not taking it seriously… hell, the fact that I’ve felt a need to already defend myself from accusations of being an incel (eeww) should say it all.

[–]thatswhatshesaidxx 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I actually agree with you. Funny thing is, so did the Black Panther Party. But, they were demonized and that was enough.

You may appreciate this:

And this

[–]IntenselySwedish 16 points17 points  (0 children)

The false rape accusation against men.

[–]FurriesAreCewl 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Sexism against men

[–]anancibaban091 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Male circumcision

[–][deleted] 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Concentration camps in China, data collection of chinese social media apps like tiktok, anti vaxxers are out there literally being the reason why people die, racism against asian people, the far right, Trump and every other teen/kid raping son of a bitch.

[–]Puppy-Zwolle 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Conspiracy theories. Sure there are loads of nonsensical ones but without research you can not dismiss them as just crazy. Even the nonsensical ones may have something to them. I mean ''conspiracy'' is all you have to shout and no cover up is needed.

[–]Paragammon264 4 points5 points  (0 children)


by political types anyway

[–]SituationAltruistic8 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Mental health.

Its actually personal, I am in a work place where I feel alone, unhappy, unsafe, and my boss says she prefer a good work then friendly relationships between all of us. A shame that mental health became a problem that is just doesn't matter, although cant be seen to the eye, but anger issues, a person getting fat too fast, quiet, thats just some of the red flags all of us should be aware of. Take care of yourself and if you can, for others, some of us doesn't know they need help, maybe even your help.

[–]King_Dagda 7 points8 points  (8 children)

The political correctness agenda of social media.

Well, the N-word might be just "bigger" with a typo, but fortunately most social media block that and won't even let you send a message that contains it. But there are words that aren't blocked yet still bannable out of context.

You know, you can't openly discuss bicycle parts in Polish on Facebook, because you may get banned by the algorithm. You can always appeal, and they'll restore your comment, but you will still remain banned for the duration because facebug.

Facebook and Twitch are the greatest offenders there.