Reddit is one of the fastest growing social media sites online today, and MIT is even offering college credit for using it. While Reddit is home to some of the best photos, videos, links and conversations you’ll ever see, its avalanche of content can make you turn on things you didn’t foresee yourself ever caring about, let alone despising.
Memes are like your friends from high school after you’ve graduated: Sure, you can still share some occasional laughs — and it’s fun to see them from time to time — but for the most part, you’ve moved on, just like you’d move on from an ex. It’s not you…it’s meme.
As a grown adult, you may naively think that random strangers’ opinions don’t matter to you. Then you post an adorable picture of your dog to /r/aww/ and feel the coldhearted wrath of internet sadists as they downvote your precious pooch.
3. Inside Jokes
Sure, the photo is kind of funny, but to really get how funny it is, you have to be aware of how many times people have posted the jumping wedding photos on Reddit. If online pornography has taught us anything, it’s that internet content is most enjoyable when no backstory or context is needed.
4. Conspiracy Theories
Everyone enjoys dabbling with conspiracy theories in college. Thanks to Reddit, though, you’ll find yourself wasting entire afternoons going back and forth with the moderator of the chemtrails subreddit. (Who, believe it or not, has some really strong opinions on the government using chemtrails.) A little bit of paranoia is fun; too much is no way to live.
5. Hardcore Gamers
You grew up playing Sega and Nintendo, and may even consider yourself a bit of a gamer. Then you go on Reddit and discover what real gamers are. Want to read a long-winded post by someone you’ve never met, titled “Why I like Duck Hunt Dog.”? Welcome to Reddit.
5. Pointless Science Fiction Arguments
Everyone loved “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” that’s why it’s the #1 movie this summer. What we probably don’t need, though, is a debate about whether Han Solo or Star Lord would win in a fight to the death.
The whole appeal of the internet is that it’s a lawless land where people can express themselves freely. The last thing you need is a 12-year-old boy lecturing you on proper behavior.