Once upon a time, we were all young and dumb (yes, all of us). And a big part of growing up is gaining the ability to look back on youth with a totally different perspective. So, Redditor u/crypto_wut asked, "What is cool in the eyes of most high schoolers but is actually cringe?" Here's what people said.
1."Being popular for the wrong reasons. As soon as you graduate, that shit starts over. It's better to stop relying on being popular and prepare for the real world."
2."Worrying too much about what other people think and overthinking the concept of 'cool' in the first place."
7."Bailing on plans last minute. If you don’t want to do something, just say so."
8."Binge drinking. It's fairly prevalent and accepted within a lot of social circles when you’re in your 20s. You know, those nights out with your buddies when you pre-game, go to the bar and order a few rounds of shots, and let the night take you where the alcohol fuel leads. This feels progressively out of place as you move into your 30s and beyond."
9."Sleep deprivation. I loved pulling all nighters as a teen and young adult. Now, they just give me migraines and make the entire subsequent day hell."
10."Discussing sex loudly with the purpose of having random strangers overhear you as if that is somehow a sign of maturity."
11."Being rude to your teachers. Every person who I know who was rebellious in school cringes hard when they think about the shit they said to teachers way back when."
12."Teens who think they know about anything in this world. I know it's a phase we all went through, but it's very annoying listening to a kid lecture you on stuff they've never experienced, never stopped to think about, or aren't even capable of thinking about."