18 Things That Become Intolerable as You Get Older

As people age, they sometimes don’t find as much joy in things as they used to. An internet survey recently asked, “What are you starting to dislike more as you get older?” Here are the top 19 responses.

Realizing I’m the Oldest Person in a Group

Regional Differences
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“I was totally unaware of it when it did happen until it started happening more often. Now I notice it quickly, and it drives me a bit mad.”

“My colleagues at work call me old and grandma all the time and say things like “Did they have math back in your day?” I’m 36.”

Everything Slowly “Evolving” Into a Subscription Service

Everything Slowly _Evolving_ Into a Subscription Service
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“This is what kicked off my Blu-ray collection. It’s gotten a little out of hand, but I know in 10 years, when you can’t watch anything without an ad, I’ll be glad I did.”

“My wife thinks I’m nuts because I’m transitioning back to physical media. Keeps insisting that everything I want to watch is on streaming and then gets surprised when it isn’t or was and they took it off.”

Dating

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“When I was 20, it was fun. Take 10 minutes to get ready and have a good time. Now that I’m older, it’s a whole ordeal and feels more like a job interview.”

“I’m 23, and it feels like a job interview already.”

Fear of Losing My Parents Terrifies Me

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“I’ve lost one. It’s horrible. It’s one of those events that rock the foundations of your life.”

“My mother turned 64 two days ago. Knowing how so many people don’t even get their parents for that long makes me appreciate mine more nowadays.”

The Lack of Motivation To Do Things

The Lack of Motivation To Do Things
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“I find myself always exhausted and unfulfilled by everything around me, and I can’t do anything about it.”

“I hate that no matter how hard I try, I just can’t bring myself to do what I must. I can’t even do the things I enjoy doing.”

Dust

Dust
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“My pro tip for dust is when I finish drying my dishes, I wipe over my kitchen with the wet towel. Top of the fridge, benches, etc. Walk towards the laundry to put the towel in the basket wiping all surfaces on the way. It means I never have to dust those areas when dusting.”

“Air purifiers can solve that one.”

Ads and Commercials

Ads and Commercials
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“The more I see an ad, the more I try to avoid it. This complaint was brought to you by Raid Shadow Legends! Use my user name as the promo code to get an error message!”

“It’s hard to believe that the ads bring in enough money to be worth it. I’d be willing to pay a couple cents to not have to watch a commercial.”

My Brain Still Thinks My Body Is in Its Mid 20’s

My Brain Still Thinks My Body Is in Its Mid 20_s
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“It doesn’t help that I hang out with some youngsters who assure me I still look like I’m in my twenties. I start believing it’s okay to keep up with their drinking, and then I remember the next morning that identifying as a 25-year-old doesn’t make it so.”

“I’m only 30; this is the first year my body has had random aches. Also, from learned experience, don’t get hurt for an employer. Something as simple as overstressing my rhomboid on the left side of my body has become permanent pain, and I originally hurt it in 2015.”

Negativity and Drama

Negativity and Drama
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“Life is too short to waste time on those things.”

“I couldn’t express how astoundingly meaningless 99% of our problems seemed after a friend died from pancreatic cancer at 35. I wasn’t even close to the person who passed away, but it was one of my life’s rudest wake-up calls. He had a lot of things he wanted to do. I think about it a lot.”

Concerts

Concerts
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“My feet hurt, the music is too loud, I’ve become susceptible to the strobe light effects most of them use, the fees to buy tickets are outrageous plus parking… and frankly, I get bored. It could be the greatest show on earth, and I still get bored after an hour or so.”

“I get tired of jockeying for space while sweaty people bump into me or having some 7-foot dude stand in front of me.”

Media That Is Targeted Towards My Actual Age Demographic

Media That Is Targeted Towards My Actual Age Demographic
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“It comes off extremely forced and overly dark to the point where it’s just stupid.”

“The main reason why I still read mainly YA novels while being in my mid-20s. The Swedish detective genre has such a hold over books sold here in Sweden, and if you don’t like the genre, well, tough luck, no books for you.”

Leaving My House

Leaving My House
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“It’s a coin toss as to what kind of day I will have every time I leave that front door. But if I stay home, it’s always at least gonna be a decent one.”

“I hate leaving the house. There are people out there, and they are judgy and annoying.”

Teenagers

Teenagers
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“Teenagers scare me.”

“I’ve become more and more sympathetic to teens as I’ve gotten older. I realize how much harder life is for them now than it was for me (I’m 62). And my own three kids were wonderful teenagers, except for a moody middle child who grew out of it quickly.

Alcohol

Alcohol
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“Life’s better without poison.”

“I haven’t drunk in 10 days. I think I’m finally done for at least a while. Depression is not fun, and it loves alcohol as a companion.”

Forced Socializing

Forced Socializing
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“The awkward happy hours will continue until morale improves!”

“I like people, and I would love a new job. But professional group settings with strangers are not where I shine.”

Clothing Available for Women

Clothing Available for Women
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“Is it too much trouble to ask/make a full t-shirt? Also, I don’t want to wear clothing that takes me back to feeling like I am in elementary school again.”

“I want functional pockets, not fake ones or ones I can’t even fit a toddler’s hand into.”

Stuff

Stuff
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“All the stuff was cluttering up my house and closets. All those things that are not worth enough to sell and potentially still too useful to throw away.”

“I want to get rid of all my stuff. I don’t need it. I’m looking for places that will take it, as most of it is craft supplies. But a lot of it is also clothing that can’t be donated, so I’m making sure I make better choices in the future regarding anything I buy.

People

People
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“My one friend who repeatedly says they don’t care about people shows me more respect than almost anyone else. They don’t care about people and know how to avoid being unnecessarily rude and judgemental. I don’t know why it’s so hard for most people.”

“Can we just run our errands and live without inadvertently being intrusive or obstructive? I hate people. Respect has died.”

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