To make our lives easier and more comfortable, people have always come up with new inventions and most of them have been really useful, like cutlery or medicine to treat illnesses that were once incurable. But there are inventions that benefit humans less and may even be dangerous.
We all probably have looked at something, couldn’t understand the purpose of it and thought that it was unnecessary to invent it. Redditor numbnerve wanted to know what people think is the invention we would be better off without and over 22k people joined the discussion with some serious answers.
Don’t forget to upvote the redditors’ answers you agree with the most and if there is something you think belongs in this list and wasn’t mentioned, leave it in the comments!
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Beauty pageants for children.
So called influncers, I’m probably too old to understand them but I certainly don’t want my 1 year old to aspire to be one
Reality TV. I swear it glamorized the worst kind of behavior, and we ate it up.
Any product that you pay for, and then have to pay a subscription to use.
Shark fin soup – Tens of millions of sharks are killed every year for their fins that offer little nutritional value and serve no purpose outside of being a status symbol
the gender reveal party
YouTube “endscreens” (or “endcards”) that often block content at the end of the video you’re watching.
For Profit Prisons.
Landmines. I’ll tell you why:
They render large tracts of land completely unusable
They are expensive and difficult to remove safely because there is seldom documentation of where they are placed
They are cheap, plentiful, easy to place, and deadly
They kill/maim livestock and wild animals
They kill/maim innocent people decades after conflicts have ended. Many times the victims are children because they can’t read or don’t understand warning signs
“Smart” devices. No LG, i don’t want to download an app to use my f*****g washing machine, i want to wash my clothes ffs
Adblock detectors. Your site forces me to disable adblock? Ill just go to another site.
Devices meant to break after a short period of time, and devices that purposely have parts you can’t replace.
It destroys the habitant of fish just so we can squeeze every bit of a fish from an area…
40+ hour work week
They’ve ruined the environment by killing off the pollinators. I swear, they will be the reason for more food shortages just as swiftly as climate change will affect us all.
Ads with sounds that play when your phones sound is off
Cookie pop-ups. How come we still don’t have a more efficient way to manage our browsing privacy.
I’ve gone through a ton and haven’t seen this one. Slavery.
Fast fashion. I can’t imagine the amount of cheap, tacky clothes just mountains in landfills.
Auto play videos, especially in non video streaming websites. NOBODY asked for them, yet so much work is getting put into making it a web standard. Just f*****g stop
single use plastics
Drug commercials. F**k me, your average joe, making drug recommendations TO MY DOCTOR – who spent 10+ years studying and working to be in the position.
Ads on streaming services that I F*****G pay for. You don’t need revenue, Hulu, that’s what my subscription is!
Convenience fees on debit/credit card transactions.
Pop up ads. Not only are they so annoying but can either scam or install malware on the devices of unsuspecting people
Social media. Addictive, dehumanizing, causes depression, promotes terrible behavior, actively reduces our capacity to have real human connections.
The Polygraph machine. Super innaccurate and I believe even the inventor curses its existance.
Keurig single use pods
The New generation of Every basic machine. Like refrigerators that requires internet to work, It only have one job to do
Junk mail is just a waist of everyone’s time
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
Scam calls! We get them on our house phone all the time and it’s so annoying
Edit: Because Twitter is mainly a cesspool of hypocrisy and politics. I’ve honestly never seen so many “non descriminatory self appointed puritains” be so incredibly hateful due to someone not having the exact same opinion as them
LED advertising They’re too f*****g bright and now they’re putting mini screens on trucks that drive around town and it pisses me off. There’s already enough distraction on the road.
I miss the billboards that had the rotating panels. Those were cool
The food pyramid brought to you by general mills, the dairy industry, and countless other big corporations whose goal was profit over the health of others
Asbestos in popcorn ceiling.
24 hour news cycle that is funded by entertainment.
Deepfake. Any time i see a video with it all i’m left feeling is fear for the future.
“These tests are too crude to be used, and should be abandoned” -Horace mann the inventor of standardized testing on the subject of standardized testing
Anyone ever seen that “as seen on TV” ad of the golf club you p**s in? I feel like that’d be a good contender for this
Websites with infinite scroll content
Political parties. We should have listened to Washington…