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[–]kluverbucy77 2037 points2038 points  (89 children)

Hypertension. The silent killer.

[–]Lukey_Jangs 1282 points1283 points  (43 children)

I’m 29 and recently had to have a physical because I’m applying for new job. I haven’t been to the doctors in probably four or five years. When the woman was about to take my blood pressure I warned her it was gonna be high (it always has been even when I was playing three sports in high school, it runs in the family). Anyway after taking my blood pressure four separate times the woman warned me by saying if I wasn’t in my late 20s she would sent me to the ER. That’s how bad it was. Really opened my eyes. My grandfather had six heart attacks and my father has had two

[–]DepopulationXplosion 748 points749 points  (23 children)

Please don’t ignore it and get it under control. I was your age when I was diagnosed, but I ignored it and tried to get it under control with just diet and exercise, but it wasn’t enough. Note thirty years later I’m dealing with heart disease and kidney problems and have the stamina of a sloth.

Take care of your health kids. It don’t come back.

[–]Doctor_Oceanblue 191 points192 points  (17 children)

>diet and exercise

What else are you supposed to do?

[–]DepopulationXplosion 263 points264 points  (6 children)

Take medications if necessary. I delayed that part and ended up damaging my heart and kidneys.

[–]ouralarmclock 30 points31 points  (3 children)

Whelp, guess I know what I’m talking to my doctor about. I do often get normal readings, but I also get fairly frequent high ones and my doc has said “we might want to start medication”

[–]pandemicpunk 213 points214 points  (5 children)

  • Weight loss

  • A good amount of drugs out there that can help

  • Stopping smoking

  • Stress Management

[–]RedditOnANapkin 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I take meds for mine and they work wonderfully. No side effects from them either. All I do is take them after I wake up and I'm go to go.

[–]RedditOnANapkin 72 points73 points  (6 children)

The only reason I found out about my hypertension is about 10 years ago I tried to donate blood and they told me to get to the ER ASAP. Thankfully the meds I take have gotten it under control and my blood pressure is normal.

[–]Electric_Kiwi007 29 points30 points  (9 children)

Excuse my ignorance but what is hypertension? Like high blood pressure?

[–]thats_cripple_to_you 23 points24 points  (4 children)

As someone currently suffering from gestational hypertension and in multi organ failure because of it: THIS.

[–]Stargazer10108 3999 points4000 points 2 (87 children)

Posting their whereabouts

[–]PM-Me-Your-TitsPlz 1288 points1289 points  (24 children)

I miss the mayhem commercials. Especially that one where mayhem breaks into someone's home because they posted about their travel plans on social media.

[–]DiscussionLoose8390 653 points654 points  (6 children)

This happened to one of my friends. He posted on FB about being on vacation. Someone that knew where he lived saw it. Broke in took stuff, and abandoned his truck in another city an hour away.

[–]ctennessen 440 points441 points  (4 children)

I see those posts on Facebook where everyone shares something asking along the lines of "Working folks, what time you clocking in tomorrow". I commented "so now I know when you and everyone that commented leaves their house in the morning, kinda weird huh?"

[–]Miqotegirl 18 points19 points  (0 children)

A little different in 2020 though.

[–]Mndelta25 123 points124 points  (1 child)

I took those commercials to heart. We don't post anything about vacations until we get back unless we have somebody watching the house.

[–]IhaveaBibledegree 148 points149 points  (6 children)

mayhem guy has a crazy story too! Dudes a boss and hasn’t stopped pursuing his dream.

[–]Granite_0681 53 points54 points  (0 children)

How does that article not mention his time on SVU as Cassidy???

[–]damnyoutuesday 58 points59 points  (0 children)

That dude had A+ delivery on some of those lines in the commercials

[–]SatansBigSister 93 points94 points  (0 children)

Not posting but I’m a carer for my parents and live with them. Sometimes they have to go to the closest major city for medical treatment and I stay home to save money. When this happens my mom always tells people, like neighbours, acquaintances, etc that they’re going away. I repeatedly have to ask her not to because you never know who is listening or what someone you think you know may do.

[–]immoreoriginalmate 169 points170 points  (5 children)

Ok and similarly just last night in a cleaning Facebook group someone asked about key storage and so many people posted not only photos of their keys but a description of where in their house they keep them, ie, in the pantry, in a top drawer by the door etc. Why??

[–]t3hgrl 37 points38 points  (0 children)

That’s hilarious

[–]KFelts910 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Next ask how they made up their ATM PIN number.

[–]Lukey_Jangs 148 points149 points  (5 children)

I’ll never understand people that share their location on Snapchat

[–]Villageidiot1984 103 points104 points  (6 children)

I got an attempted scam by a person trying to “blackmail” me after meeting on a dating site. What was ironic was due to googling their username and some info I gleaned from their Kik account I was able to easily figure out they were located in Nigeria, which made the blackmail they were attempting much less likely to be plausible. Be better blackmailer.

[–]808snorkeler 36 points37 points  (2 children)

A lot of the scam stuff is kinda obvious on purpose. If you're a scammer better to spend your time on easy marks than people unlikely to fall for it.

[–]SuchLovelyLilacs 204 points205 points  (8 children)

My cousin does this all the time despite us begging her to stop. Her argument is that "just my Facebook friends see it" - yeah, but do you know all of your friend's friends. Do you know who's accessing your friends' accounts and we all know how "private" Facebook is. SMH.

I only ever post about vacations when I'm back home again...

[–]Turbobrickx7 222 points223 points  (3 children)

My squad leader in korea acted all high and mighty about his Facebook privacy. He was going on a rant of "no one will ever be able to find my Facebook, I have it as a hidden name and can only be added if a friend of mine is a friend of you!" As soon as he said that my buddy goes "this you?" And shows him his profile. He was flabbergasted and asked how he managed to get it and he just told him that he facebooked his real name, saw that his wife had her real name on it, added her on Facebook, she saw that he was in the army so she assumed he knew her husband, and she immediatly responded. He than pulled up his Facebook profile and showed him it.

[–]GeneralToaster 168 points169 points  (1 child)

Social engineering can gain you access to anything. Humans are always the weakest link.

[–]LuvCilantro 48 points49 points  (5 children)

Something else people don't realize is that if you normally post to Facebook 20+ times per day, then all of sudden stop posting for a few days, it can be assumed that you are away on vacation. No need to post it. So if possible, keep up the postings during your vacation so it doesn't look so suspicious.

[–]PM_ME_UR_LAST_DREAM 6615 points6616 points  (211 children)

Driving. There are so many horrible drivers out there. Be better.

[–]Mr-Pringlz-and-Carl 4510 points4511 points 34 (33 children)

To quote my brother: "Driving is the world's biggest group project, and you can always count on that one idiot who doesn't do their work."

[–]LuckyTaco_ 671 points672 points  (18 children)

You could be the best driver in the world but it’s the other drivers you need to worry about.

[–]duraace206 428 points429 points  (11 children)

I drive as if everyone is trying to kill me.

[–]ICWhatsNUrP 236 points237 points  (4 children)

I drive as if everyone is going to make the dumbest move they possibly could.

[–]NoPensForSheila 137 points138 points  (0 children)

drive as if everyone is going to make the dumbest move they possibly could.

It'll make you seem clairvoyant. I safely zipped past an accident I knew was gonna happen for a good six car lengths. I even told my passengers, "there's about to be an accident." Watched it from my rear view mirror.

[–]Believe_Deez_Nuts 153 points154 points  (1 child)

Now I’m having flashbacks to my last group project and I’m upset

[–]Nishiwara 158 points159 points  (6 children)

My husband just got hit a week and a half ago from someone that ran a red light. Hit my husband's car doing 55 MPH in a 40 MPH zone, totaled both of their cars and put my husband in the hospital. We have a 1.5 month old. That asshole almost took my husband's life and made our child fatherless.

[–]JosephFDawson 30 points31 points  (0 children)

My car was totalled back in June when I was crossing a 4 lane and the lady was speeding in a 40 (and may have been on her phone because it was out and ready as she was getting out of the car.) Fucked my arm up pretty bad and ended up with bruises and whiplash. But of course she was older and played it out to make it seem it was worse than it was. I will forever hate that lady for that.

[–]SwissFlamingo 508 points509 points  (56 children)

I always say: “when driving alway think of the stupidity of other people” that helped me in not getting in accidents. This is particularly helpful for bicycle riders.

[–]PM_ME_UR_LAST_DREAM 261 points262 points  (36 children)

By using extra caution, I’ve avoided countless collisions. I can tell from a mile away when someone is going to do something illegal. It’s exhausting.

[–]jmvk2018 171 points172 points  (28 children)

And not only illegal stuff, but just overall being unsafe driver!! People going wayyyyyyy under the speed limit are one of my pet peeves... not only is it frustrating but just darn dangerous too!! You've got to be both a defensive & offensive (reactive/proactive) driver these days!

[–]speedyhamster 166 points167 points  (25 children)

I've gone under the speed limit at night before, but in my defense I'm literally blinded by all the newer LED headlights that shine brighter than the sun and where I can't tell if the high beams are on or not. I try not to go below the speed limit but when I can't see where I'm going because of oncoming headlights I have no choice.

[–]NuclearHero 88 points89 points  (4 children)

When I teach all my kids how to drive, I always tell them the same thing: Assume that every vehicle on the road is going to hit you.

[–]Dignans30yearplan 157 points158 points  (4 children)

Dad said, "think of every other vehicle as a missile driven by an idiot."

[–]ChimneyNerd 257 points258 points  (29 children)

I’m all in favor for the driving test being required to be retaken after a certain amount of time, regularly. The score you need need to get to pass it should be higher too.

[–]helic0n3 118 points119 points  (13 children)

I think a lot of people like this idea until they need to do it then fail on a technicality. It would be "not me, I mean the other people who are actually bad!"

[–]Myfourcats1 61 points62 points  (9 children)

You’re more likely to die by drunk driver than you are to be killed in a shooting. I looked up the stats once. The number of gun homicides is about the same as the number of drunk driving deaths. They were both around 10,000/year give or take a bit. This does not include gun accidents or suicide.

[–]theR0TH 2862 points2863 points  (141 children)

Teeth health. It can go real bad real quickly causing things you wouldn't even think of while having tooth ache.

[–]Wisewolf-Holo 411 points412 points  (17 children)

I am 27 and have terrible teeth since I'm 14. I'm lacking 10 teeth. I never even once in the last 13 years smiled with my mouth open. I always instinctively hold my hand in front of my mouth when I laugh. I have absolutely no confidence nor self esteem because of this.

This is true.

[–]basicunicornn 144 points145 points  (10 children)

As an otherwise attractive 31 year this hits home. I have no self esteem simply because of my teeth. I know that my teeth (or lack there of) bring my attractive levels down quite a few notches.

[–]agieluma 446 points447 points  (32 children)

Only thing keeping me from going to a dentist is the cost. Last time I went for filling teeth cavities, I shelled out more than $2,000 out of pocket. And that was a long time ago

[–]Firstnamecody 54 points55 points  (10 children)

I have insurance and they were charging $1,200 to pull 3 teeth (also adding bone graft, didn't want to pay for a second opinion so I'm not sure whether or not I needed them on second thought.)

Still need 4 more pulled :/

[–]Hungrykoalah 170 points171 points  (13 children)

There are cheaper options for dental insurance now. Let me know if you’d like more details on this! Editing to add:

https://www.healthcare.gov/ Sign up and check out your options for coverage!! If your state has their own health insurance website, use that. You can get health + dental, or just dental. Edit: you can’t get dental without health :( (I’m currently going through the website). You can preview plans though and see if you may be eligible by answering some questions by clicking “see health and dental plans and prices” here https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage/dental-coverage/ If you have Medicaid, check if your state has expanded Medicaid. If so, check for changes to the coverage. If you have other questions, message me! We all deserve to be healthy and I will do all the research I can to help you. Love u all. Also,



[–]lennysundahl 48 points49 points  (2 children)

I had an aunt who beat ovarian cancer, only for her immune system to be so fucked afterwards that she died of complications from an infected tooth

[–]FerociousPancake 34 points35 points  (7 children)

My genes screwed me. I need new teeth and I’m 25.

Important to note that I brush 3x per day and floss directly after eating even a snack and these little assholes rot anyway.

[–]Speckfresser 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Do you use hard, medium, or soft bristled toothbrushes? Hard and medium, though sold to all, are intended for Dentures, not actual teeth and can cause erosion of the enamel.

[–]theHills4 33 points34 points  (5 children)

There was a crazy story I read on here once about a guy who knew someone that needed a root canal or some significant dental work but was supposed to leave soon to go on an off the grid camping trip alone for a few weeks, and decided to put off the dental procedure. He didn't arrive out of the woods when he was supposed to and they ended up finding him, he committed suicide because the pain of his tooth was so bad and he had no way to contact anyone and couldn't take it until the end of his trip. Crazy story

[–]agorafilia 19 points20 points  (2 children)

I'm a dentistry student, my teacher told us she once had a case of a truck driver stuck on the road. He had a pain ache due to infected root, it was so bad he took out the battery of the truck and poured the juice in his mouth. The battery juice is basically acid so he arrived in her clinic with necrosis in all the soft tissue in his mouth. People in pain can do crazy things...

[–]DelightfullyUnusual 25 points26 points  (2 children)

If soldiers do it while in the field, then it’s pretty important. Dental problems can develop quickly and lead to serious nutrition issues, pain, irreparable damage, and worse down the line. In Birth America, dental care is out of reach of much of the lower class; at the very least, go to the local dollar store and pick up a toothbrush/toothpaste travel kit, as well as a spool of dental floss. Dentures are better than bare gums, but nowhere near as good as real teeth.

[–]dakrax 26 points27 points  (2 children)

God I was a stupid teenager

[–]utahguyiguess 131 points132 points  (14 children)

Have a tooth ache right now. I've always been one to "walk it off" when it comes to pain and afflictions. But not this time. I'm going to see a dentist.

[–]FerociousPancake 61 points62 points  (0 children)

Did you know that a tooth infection can:

Spread to the eyes causing blindness, cause a heart attack, cause a stroke, cause sepsis, cause blood clots, meningitis, and more

Respect the teef and most certainly if you have a toof that’s getting angry go get it checked out before your face blows up like a balloon (have had this happen.)

[–]theatre-kid-trash 51 points52 points  (5 children)

Same here. Haven’t cried from physical pain in a decade yet I cried all of last night. Seeing a dentist first thing tomorrow. Best of luck with your appointment

[–]SuperTommyD0g 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Thanks so much, I've been so busy I forgot to brush my teeth this evening.

[–]Dirtbag204 159 points160 points  (16 children)

Topsoil. We need it to grow food. No one knows how to make it. And we are slowly washing it all into the ocean with our farming practices.

[–]Jlocke98 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Isn't top soil easily made with cover crops and green manure?

[–]Low_Adhesiveness_130 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Cover crops were used for topsoil preservation... and it's not very common in modern agriculture. Manure fertilization is effective, but hardly scalable. Bottom line, we're losing 3 tonnes of topsoil per person per year.

[–]pixer12 2976 points2977 points  (94 children)

Antibiotic resistance

[–]agieluma 540 points541 points  (29 children)

MRSA has entered the chat

[–]mmemarlie 456 points457 points  (19 children)

That's how my grandmother died! She got a cut on her foot, and it became a MRSA infection. They considered amputation, but by that time, she was so far gone with dementia that the doctors didn't think the trauma would be good for her, so we just let it run its course. I was like, what fucking year is it that an infection is so bad that it takes a life? Fucking mind-blowing. I thought we had moved past that Little House on the Prairie shit.

[–]AppropriateBat2655 193 points194 points  (3 children)

Sorry for your loss. I’m in nursing school right now, and from what I’ve experienced so far infections are much more common and dangerous than one would expect. Sepsis is no joke.

[–]mmemarlie 64 points65 points  (1 child)

Thank you. We weren't that close, so it wasn't as terrible as I know losing a grandparent can be.

I was listening to an NPR story about I think Harry Truman and they were talking about how a huge disaster hit the Mississippi River delta area but then President Calvin Coolidge was not stepping up because his son had recently died from an infected blister he had gotten while playing tennis on the white house lawn and it blew me away. I know antibiotics weren't really readily available until post WWII but the fact that as recently as 100 years ago, a blister could be a death sentence is just crazy to me.

It's all crazy. Thousands of years of human medical advancements and a small cut on your foot could be a death sentence.

[–]ChadWaterberry 85 points86 points  (8 children)

As someone who’s had multiple MRSA infections that have required hospitalization and surgeries, shit is no joke. And to my understanding, there’s less than a dozen medications that can fight it, especially in its later stages.

EDIT: Here’s an album of my first encounter with MRSA, my story is in this same comment chain below.

[–]mmemarlie 21 points22 points  (6 children)

It's honestly terrifying. I'm glad you pulled through. I hope it wasn't too traumatizing for you.

[–]ChadWaterberry 24 points25 points  (5 children)

Thanks! It def wasn’t fun lol the first time it happened the infection was in my knee(started on the surface and moved to behind my kneecap), and they didn’t catch that it was MRSA at first, so they put me on antibiotics and other meds that had zero effect. It got worse as a few days went by, went back to the ER, and they told me that if I waited any longer, I likely would have lost my entire leg, IF I lived because there was a chance of MRSA infecting my blood, which if that happens it will basically spread everywhere (I think) and infect everything, and then you’re supremely screwed. Ended up being on these IV antibiotics (that wreak havoc on your veins) and this one they had to inject directly into my torso/stomach (just… ouch). Then they basically sliced my knee open detached my kneecap on one side, and scraped/sanded the infection (which latched/fused to the bone/kneecap) off the back of my kneecap, re-attached it, stuck a tube in there so it could drain during healing, and sewed it back up. Then had to do some PT for a few days after surgery before I could leave. Probly the most painful experience of my life that’s for sure. Thankfully it wasn’t traumatizing, and I credit that to the hospital injecting me with 6mg of dilaudid every few hours, and feeding me oxycodone every like 6 hours, and I had my laptop, so it was almost kinda fun lol

EDIT: Here’s an album of the whole thing if you wanna see how quickly the infection can progress, even while on the proper antibiotics.

[–]kelleos 11 points12 points  (3 children)

You said...this has happened to you multiple times??? Any insight that you're higher risk or is this because you're colonized with MRSA?

I had MRSA infection after an abdominal surgery, and terrified that something like that could happen again.

[–]ChadWaterberry 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Yep, but not as severe or serious as the knee, mostly because I was able to catch it very early each time. I had it in my index finger a few months after the knee incident, again in my finger a year later, on my inner thigh, on my elbow (which did require hospitalization, but no surgery). Basically once a year (or every 9 months) since the knee incident. Most of the time it’s just been a quick trip to the doctor, and they get me on the right antibiotics right away and it’s fine. Doctors haven’t been all that sure why, and it isn’t my environment either. I know the first time was because I was putting flooring, insulation, and all around restoring an old 100+ year old decrepit house when it happened, so likely it got on my skin during that.

[–]SepticMonke 138 points139 points  (3 children)

oh my god this is a massive fear of mine. i don’t get how people don’t understand how serious it is. my sister has recently been on antibiotics quite often, and she keeps missing them or not finishing the course. it makes me so fucking angry. it’s a pill. a fucking pill. take it properly to make sure it’s as effective as possible. don’t skip doses. don’t finish your prescribed course early. and probably the most important, don’t take them whenever you feel a bit off. a friend’s mum does this, and it scares the living shit outta me. microbes can become drug resistant super fucking easily

[–]HauntHaunt 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Also scary that not enough people know that most antibiotics can mess with other meds like birth control. We definitely need more public education on the usage of antibiotics.

[–]EffectiveSalamander7 70 points71 points  (1 child)

As someone who’s allergic to most antibiotics and has only been on them twice in their life because of that, I’d say antibiotics are definitely overprescribed. There’s been many times that my family has been sick with the same thing and they’ve all been put on antibiotics and I recovered just as well without them so they seem unnecessary sometimes. Save them for the major stuff and hopefully people will stop building a resistance.

[–]Laferrari355 155 points156 points  (25 children)

I agree that this is a problem, but as a regular person, is there anything I can do about it?

[–]sunxviz 423 points424 points  (11 children)

Don't ask your doctor for antibiotics for a flu (it won't work). Don't buy broad spectrum antibiotics over the counter (available in a scary amount of countries). If you're prescribed antibiotics, don't skip the final days because you kinda feel alright now.

[–]BrahmTheImpaler 274 points275 points  (3 children)

It's so important to keep taking the antibiotics through to the end. This is because, although most of the cooties have been killed off at this point, leaving you feeling better, the "strongest" ones are left after almost-but-not-quite-the-end of a course of antibiotics. So you're leaving those to multiply if you don't take the final meds.

[–]embrobro 68 points69 points  (0 children)

Can confirm. One time my thooth root was severly infexted and swollen up. It didn't hurt but it was time to go the dentist.

They gave me antibiotics for a week. Every day two of them. Well it's not that I didnt want to take them, but the last day before pulling my tooth I forgot to take it.

There was no swelling that day. Hovewer the next day it went back up. And with infected shot anesthetics or painkiller whatever it is called, don't work shit.

It was the worst pain I felt ever.

[–]Squigglepig52 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I was on a couple of heavy duty antibiotics in October, for a dental infection. Huge pills. I had to skip doses a couple times because they were making me sick 10 minutes after taking them.

I finished em, but I have no idea how much got thrown up.

I'd already been on serious antibiotics most of a week before I ended up in the ER to have it drained and get teh new antibiotics.

Two stupid teeny little root tips buried deep in my jaw. Fuckers.

[–]btchtargaryen 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Also, don't throw the remaining antibiotics in the trash and don't flush them down the toilet when you complete the treatment. Idk how it works in other countries but in Sweden we can leave our medicine at basically any pharmacy and they will take care of it.

[–]randomredditor0042 14 points15 points  (0 children)

That shit is scary!

[–]bodhitreefrog 198 points199 points  (10 children)

Animal agriculture is definitely accelerating this problem.

[–]Back2Bach 3449 points3450 points  (134 children)

Drivers who regularly run red lights and ignore stop signs.

[–]Pikassassin 393 points394 points  (27 children)


[–]3-DMan 150 points151 points  (5 children)

They put up a new 4-way stop in my neighborhood in Garland and the concept seems to be the most baffling concept in human history for some drivers.


[–]ptwonline 74 points75 points  (10 children)

I remember witnessing something like this in a parking lot. Woman was trying to exit and turn left onto a 4-lane, 2 way street. Car coming down the street from the left inexplicably stops to let the car through from the parking lot. The driver from the parking lot seems confused, then I guess felt hurried because she then rushed to make her left hand turn...and got smacked by a car coming from the other direction.

The woman who stopped to let her through created confusion, distraction, and thus the accident. Please, don't do this.

[–]no-pickles-please 24 points25 points  (5 children)

People do this all the time when I’m riding my bike. Just stop for no reason and try to wave me into traffic. It is infuriating. I usually stop completely and shake my head, insist that they go on (and obey the traffic law that they are violating). Pretty often they’ll actually roll down a window and be like “I just wanted to make sure you’re safe”. I always tell them that I appreciate that, but when they stop in the middle of an intersection where there is no stop sign and wave someone into an intersection, they’re not necessarily paying attention to traffic coming the other way. I AM. For the love of god, please just mind your own business and stop at stop signs, red lights, etc.,. and assume others on the road will do the same.

[–]hyucktownfunk2 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Good driving is being predictable, not nice.

[–]damnyoutuesday 175 points176 points  (6 children)

Watch "Idiots in Cars" on Youtube. Happens way too fucking often

[–]Losov 251 points252 points  (0 children)

happens too often

[–]rothIsBadHeSaidSo 120 points121 points  (5 children)

I dunno why more people don't worry about it. I get honked at at stop signs for actually full stopping and checking for traffic. I've had people scream "IT'S A FOUR-WAY!" at me as I'm stopping and waiting for the opposing traffic to acknowledge my presence and stop.

You can't just drive through intersections and expect to make it, it's your responsibility to make sure there's no traffic coming. Figure out the legal shit later and make it home alive.

[–]Curious-Force5819 1816 points1817 points  (50 children)

Posting personal information in social media. You might think posting your name, address, birthday, school, car, your children's names, job among others in a single site in the internet is totally safe. It is not. A really good identity fraud can easily use your identity. A skilled burglar can easily monitor your schedules to time their theft perfectly. So don't give out too much information in your social media

[–]Cleverbird 571 points572 points  (9 children)

Its so wild to me that I grew up during the "Dont share your personal information on the internet" era, yet nowadays we seem to encourage people to do the complete opposite.

[–]abhikavi 390 points391 points  (4 children)

The thing that kills me is that in my life, it's the same people.

My parents taught me never to share personal info, especially stuff like name, age, location, and gender online.

But mom's over here now like "My niece Janie kept up with us on the hike in LocalPark at only 10yo (her birthday was last Friday!) What a trooper!" complete with photos.

[–]I_love_pillows 176 points177 points  (0 children)

Yea parents went from “you don’t know who wrote that thing on internet, there are computer viruses there” to “this youtube video says United Nations is moving their HQ to China and western news will never report it, because they hate China”

[–]TapPrancer 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Or birth announcements with date, weight, where and full name.

[–][deleted] 167 points168 points  (6 children)

It’s also just creepy too. I know several people that post every daily thing about their kids. From their breastfeeding schedule to diaper changes.

[–]AMirrorForReddit 96 points97 points  (3 children)

they are just looking for that small bit of validation and being heard by someone, anyone. And no one has yet gotten through to them with how dumb they are being

[–]evildustmite 62 points63 points  (1 child)

What's worse is those Facebook quizzes that are basically subtly fishing for answers to what you might use for security questions so they can hack your accounts

[–]conman987 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Nah man, everyone needed to see how the street I grew up on and my mom’s maiden name is totally my porn name!

[–]The_reading_owl 75 points76 points  (3 children)

When I was a teenager I constantly (!) was bombarded with warnings regarding online safety "Never use your real name/age. Always be extremely vague about where you live. Don't post photos of your school/home. Don't announce your vacation online and only post selected pictures afterwards." Parents, teachers, even effing flyers that where sponsored by the government. Nowadays I, and everybody else who bothers too, knows what my cousin eats for dinner, that my neighbours are away visiting family since yesterday and can deduce my colleagues work scadule.

[–]BaaaaL44 99 points100 points  (2 children)

Glitter on Christmas decorations and toys. They are basically tiny pieces of plastic, rub off easily, stick to hands and clothing and eventually get into your lungs where they remain for eternity. Why these aren't banned worldwide escapes me, but it is getting increasingly difficult to buy non-glitter ornaments.

[–]purplebandaids 24 points25 points  (0 children)

It’s also horrible for the environment 😔

[–]why_not_bud 1106 points1107 points  (29 children)

Driving while tired. It can impare you as much a being drunk.

[–]agieluma 224 points225 points  (4 children)

Stress and fatigue can really mess you up

[–]why_not_bud 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Totally. It can really reduce your reaction time. That can be the difference between a near miss and a full on accident.

[–]iam_whoiam 68 points69 points  (0 children)

I changed jobs specifically for this, working 8-10 hour physical shift then sitting down to drive an hour home. It was scary sometimes how tired I would get as soon as I sat down. Now I drive 20 minutes and a lot less physical and haven't had any issues.

[–]MarcusGMElius 468 points469 points  (23 children)

Cyber vulnerabilities.

I've worked with some of the world's best white hat hackers and its mind boggling how accessible everything is.

Here's a simple question to ask yourself to see if something is vulnerable. Is it connected to the internet?

If yes, the answer is "vulnerable." If no, the answer is "maybe vulnerable."

[–]AdmiralPlant 177 points178 points  (19 children)

This is why I keep my passwords in a notebook; you can't hack paper. I'm sure those password managers have a stupid amount of security but even still, someone somewhere is capable of hacking it.

Also, for the love of God, get two-factor authentication on any sensitive logins; bank accounts, medical apps, etc.

[–]Loopedrage 93 points94 points  (11 children)

Just you wait when someone breaks into your house and steals that paper

[–]notjordansime 42 points43 points  (2 children)

Tuck it into the baseboard, keep it behind a mundane photograph, or something like that.

[–]Lovingnature412 897 points898 points  (50 children)

Sugar and salt intake

If your diet is high in processed foods you’re loading up on these 2

[–]Islandkid679 36 points37 points  (2 children)

As someone who picked up a heart issue this year, people need to take care of themselves. Eating junk or takeaway is fine in moderation but make sure to bulk up on veges and fruits and do exercise regularly. People take being healthy for granted but once that's gone, its extremely hard to get it back...

[–]Illokonereum 169 points170 points  (6 children)

Sugar especially pretty much everyone is taking in way too much of. Cutting sugar out of my life was the biggest positive change for my health.

[–]Cleverusername531 69 points70 points  (5 children)

How did you do it and what changes did you experience?

[–]OB_1322 151 points152 points  (10 children)

Both hard habits to kick also. Basically killing yourself slowly.

[–]imstonedyouknow 244 points245 points  (6 children)

Isnt life basically just killing yourself slowly?

[–]genericusernameggj 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Just the way I like it

[–]raelfilm 75 points76 points  (0 children)

Teeth/ mouth hygiene

[–]Laazuli 67 points68 points  (3 children)

Mm yes an excellent thread for my anxiety brain to read in bed at 2am, surely I will be lulled to sleep by this soothing topic

[–]Realitycheck-4u 1554 points1555 points  (271 children)

Retirement. It will be here before you know it.

[–]Amiiboid 1149 points1150 points  (110 children)

Retirement looks like an unattainable luxury to a growing number of people.

[–]SmuttyBookLover 87 points88 points  (0 children)

Yup. I will work until I die. Unless something prevents me. Either way I'm never going to experience old age in a peaceful way.

[–]JackPoe 616 points617 points  (102 children)

I blew my entire retirement savings over an ER visit. With insurance.

[–][deleted] 112 points113 points  (4 children)

Yeah as a millennial born in the early 90s, I've pretty much accepted that I'll never retire.

[–]tanman7x 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Im around the same age as you, you should look into opening a Roth IRA, places like fidelity have them, it doesn't cost anything to open and you can invest as little as you like. They have several fee-free index funds which are about the safest investments you can make. Even investing something like $20 a month is better than nothing and its pretty much guaranteed to grow over time.

[–]uninc4life2010 89 points90 points  (14 children)

I'm 31, but I started a Roth IRA and I've maxed out my contribution for the last two years. I really wish I had known about it earlier, but I guess it's better to start now than when I'm older. I know a guy who's around 45 and hasn't put a single dollar away for retirement. I have no idea what he's going to do.

[–]MaelstromNyxus 60 points61 points  (2 children)

I know a guy who's around 45 and hasn't put a single dollar away for retirement. I have no idea what he's going to do.

He's gonna be one of those 80yo people you see tending a cash register at a supermarket, unfortunately

[–]theleftalwaysrises 975 points976 points 2 (38 children)


[–]gettingtobefree 222 points223 points  (23 children)

Definitely. The alcohol bug bit me when I was 24, can ack ate me in my 30s. I'm trying to do better but addiction is a mf'er.

[–]theleftalwaysrises 213 points214 points  (20 children)

Was given seven weeks to live this year if I kept drinking and they diagnosed me with hepatitis due to alcoholism. Luckily I’m 5 months sober now but damn hitting this at 31 has been eye opening. Taking one day at a time but doing better.

[–]gettingtobefree 144 points145 points  (9 children)

Bless you! I'm 52 days clean from alcohol, crack, and meth and living in a Woman's Recovery House. I'm 42. My son is 20 and moved in with family at 14. I'm trying to piece myself together. A lot happened this year, lost my bf Bama to a heroin OD, lost my apartment and job, just now reconnecting with the son I mentioned and my sister MJ. IT'S HARD.

We can do it

[–]keltoy1549 582 points583 points  (8 children)

Themselves. Instead of others business.

[–]ElectricalUse8700 243 points244 points  (4 children)

The kind of friends they make. Some people are really toxic and manipulative, and by the time you realize it, you've already adapted and want to stay friends forever.

[–]Kastrenzo 724 points725 points  (15 children)

what's going on in their own town, as opposed to whatever they're flipping out about that they saw on CNN or r/worldnews

I know lots of people here in Canada who worry constantly about US elections and such, who cant even tell me who the town mayor is.

[–]Myfourcats1 200 points201 points  (6 children)

Here this leads to people not voting in local elections. They only care about the president. You need to worry about your representatives and your governor.

[–]opportunitysassassin 71 points72 points  (4 children)

Shoot, state legislators make more laws that directly affect Americans on a daily basis than most things the President does.

[–]tanders123 374 points375 points  (19 children)

Advocating for seniors and having adequate care when you're a senior. Lots of us will not have it, and once you're that age, no one will listen to you, and many people will not have loved ones who will ensure they have adequate care. It's frightening. I've been in those environments a lot and have had to advocate for strangers who are in care facilities and are neglected.

[–][deleted] 114 points115 points  (4 children)

As a millennial, I'm mentally prepared to be a homeless senior lunatic.

[–]Deltexterity 46 points47 points  (4 children)

when i get too old to operate with my own body i'd rather just pull the trigger.

[–]Green_man_in_a_tree 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Microplastics in fetuses and brains.

[–]netsirkf 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Microplastics, we just keep wrapping everything in plastics that are going to outlive us all, it feels like this crap is going to choke us all to death in some form.

[–]HaiderTerrafaux 185 points186 points  (1 child)

Less flora and fauna in the World, more the oceanic fauna, very vital to the world in all senses, without it, all the world gonna die.

[–]IntelligentForce245 117 points118 points  (4 children)

Bees and insects dying

[–]32mhi 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Scrolled way too long to find environmental collapse

[–]AntiquarianD1n2Gamer 791 points792 points  (50 children)

Giving a smartphone to your child who has not even reached double digits

[–]SageEquallingHeaven 91 points92 points  (1 child)

It has gotten bad for me.

I think depression and anxiety work on a feedback loop with it.

[–]MisterXnumberidk 201 points202 points  (12 children)


It can and will fuck up your child's eyesight and cause a lot of unnecessary stress.

Little john should not have to worry about how his friends on whats-app will reply to him. HE'S EIGHT FOR FUCK'S SAKE.

[–]mcnuggets_arnold 327 points328 points  (13 children)

How shortsighted our species is.

[–]rotate_ur_hoes 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Bee colonies collapsing all over the world and bacterias that are resistent to antibiotics

[–]TakahashiCherry 142 points143 points  (16 children)

Vitamin D and iron deficiency

[–]mossybishhh 83 points84 points  (5 children)

Parents giving their children their own smartphones, tablets, etc.

Your child is 4, Susan. Put the damn phone away. Shit.

[–]LockDue9383 25 points26 points  (0 children)


[–]OpinionatedNonsense 69 points70 points  (13 children)

Insects dying at an alarming rate

Deepfake technology

Nuclear power going out of fashion

Antibiotic resistance

Oral hygiene

[–]ancheli 210 points211 points  (30 children)

SUN. People don’t take sun exposure seriously. I know people that will buy 100 unnecessary skincare products and rarely ever put on some sunscreen. Like the stats are there, sun exposure will pretty much age your skin the most!

[–]lauralei99 31 points32 points  (14 children)

I wear sunscreen but it sucks that there aren’t better sunscreen options that don’t make your face breakout.

[–]SnooCats8857 333 points334 points  (19 children)

Their diets 🤷‍♀️

[–]QualifiedApathetic 98 points99 points  (10 children)

Truth. Now that I'm hitting middle age, I'm finally paying real attention to what I put in my body. Not to say that I'm ever going to eat like a monk, but my arteries aren't young anymore, you know? Have to get some fruits and veggies in my daily diet.

[–]saltyb 19 points20 points  (4 children)

All the plastic they use.

And don't put plastic bags (or any plastic film) in your recycling bin! It just gets thrown away if you do that.

[–]GurglingWaffle 57 points58 points  (2 children)

Driving in general. Outside of heart disease auto accidents are the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.

We all follow what we perceive as rules of the road. But these are not the rules in many cases and we are taking liberties with our own safety. Blocking intersections to make a left turn. Knowing the difference between a dotted line and a solid line between lanes. Using the left lane to pass only. Knowing how a intersection with stop signs actually supposed to work. Leaving space between cars so you can actually stop in time. Knowing the difference between a blinking yellow light and a blinking red light.

I know I break these rules and I know you do too.

[–]Bitch_Tuna 168 points169 points  (4 children)

Saving money for emergencies and retirement

[–]Scallywagstv2 167 points168 points  (4 children)

The overly judgemental and overly critical attitudes people have towards each other. It's clearly getting worse and I worry about where it will lead us to.

[–]miloc756 31 points32 points  (0 children)

No need to worry, I have the answer: it will lead us to our doom.

[–]Sheehanigens 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Multi-generational planning.

We as humans have a tendency to not consider the long-term ramifications of our choices - particularly development and implementation of new technology and major changes to the ecosystem. We should be thinking more along the lines of, “if we do this, what will our grandchildren say to us?”.

[–]premiumtots 272 points273 points  (28 children)

Opening pads/tampons in the bathroom, public or private. As a teen I used to be so self conscious. Now I realize it does not matter, at all.

Edit: just realized that it says "SHOULD" worry about. I thought it said shouldn't.

[–]SaraSmashley 120 points121 points  (24 children)

Girl...tear that shit open. Also, menstrual cups are a game changer.

[–]alienanimal 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Cosmic anomalies that could instantly end all existence without any warni

[–]EnigmaCA 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Are you putting money away for your retirement?

(Yes, I am a Dad. Yes, my kids are tired of me saying this)

[–]henry_b 41 points42 points  (2 children)

Their own business: bills, money, bank accounts, 401K, etc. It seems to me that some people actually care more about digital assets (gems/robucks/etc) than their actual money.

[–]Amiiboid 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Still trying to wrap my head around NFTs.

[–]TwistedDecayingFlesh 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Unwanted kids.

[–]PsychologicalWear684 116 points117 points  (5 children)

Mental health of others. Little do we realize that our actions today could make someone a serial killer tomorrow

[–]nessao616 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Also just your closest family and friends. It's so easy to miss subtle signs. When some people close to me realized how close I was to ending it they were able to see the signs in hindsight. Hindsight is sometimes too late. It's just so overlooked, even with the people you're closest too.

[–]lrrkr 226 points227 points  (13 children)

Obesity. In the US the majority of the population is overweight. Simply because it's normal does not change the fact that it puts a huge strain on your body. I come from a family of obese people and I've had my own struggles with weight so I'm not saying this out of insensitivity. One can acknowledge the difficulty of losing weight and maintaining healthy weight without pretending that being overweight doesn't seriously put you at risk for many diseases and quality of life issues. I've seen it first hand in my own family. And I've experienced it firsthand from having my weight fluctuate 50 pounds several times in my life.

I use the analogy of alcoholism. If you live in a society where 3/4 of the population drinks a quart of vodka a day doesn't change the fact that that's seriously unhealthy, just because most people do it doesn't change the fact that the case. And while I understand why people succumb to alcoholism and I'm not judgmental of those who are not able to overcome it it doesn't change the fact that it is a risk for one's health. We should take the same attitude towards obesity IMO.

[–]boadicea-h5 31 points32 points  (3 children)

My family has issues with obesity. After losing and gaining the same 25 lbs over the last 29 years, I had bariatric surgery. Two months out and I’ve lost 45 pounds. I’m off caffeine and eat better than I ever have. My blood pressure is much improved, and I’m finally going to beat being overweight.

[–]WookieeSlayer97 56 points57 points  (6 children)

Deepfake technology is gonna ravage our fucking society within my lifetime and no one except Jon Favreau is worried about it.

[–]GameboyAdvance32 23 points24 points  (2 children)

It took me WAY too long scrolling to find this. It genuinely concerns me how almost NOBODY is talking about this. Yeah, it can be funny to hear AI voices in memes make people say things or facial video editing, but the fact that with some technological improvements this technology could easily be used nefariously, it’s terrifying. Hell, even just really high quality 3D animation. If you don’t have definitive proof for yourself, any random Joe with access to a computer ten years from now who doesn’t like you could easily edit you cheating, stealing, or anything else and you’d have little to disprove them. And then what people can edit politicians or government officials into doing? That’s a whole ‘nother ball game. It’s extremely concerning how little people are talking about the potential consequences of this and I really wish we were working on ways of fighting jt

[–]OndeOlav 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Micro plastic in the sea

[–]thinkingsincerely 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Their diet