If you’ve ever visited Reddit, then you’ll already know it is one of those sites that pull you right in and gets you hooked quickly. Unfortunately it is also one of those sites which tends to give you a distorted view point of the world.
The main problem with Reddit is that right at the core, you’ll find a rotten community, if you can call it that. To put it another way, most of the community on Reddit are made up of some of the biggest assholes on the internet. This is the fundamental problem with the site.
6 months ago I discovered Reddit, I really had no idea just what kind of rat infested hell hole it was. But the more I used the site the more things started making sense to me.
Here are a few things that have put me off about Reddit:
The users are primarily teenagers.
As one ex Redditor put it: Whiny teenagers, stupid memes, [FIXED], rage comics, the best (video game, tv show, book, toy) from my childhood, internet vigilanteism, terrible grammar, grammar nazis, pictures of cats, conde nast, etc. etc.
Everything is ok, except having any real morals
I’ve noticed this on Reddit, you can be Pro ANYTHING and no one has a problem with that, except if the thing you are Pro for, questions the morals of Reddit. You can be pro drugs, pro gay, pro stealing, pro terrorism, this is taken lightly by the teenagers on Reddit, but if you happen to be pro God, whoa to you, Reddit will hate you.
This is because Reddit has become the garbage bin of the internet where bored American kids hang out and discuss things that can only really amuse teenagers or people of questionable intellect.
At the time of writing here are some of the top questions sitting in /r/askReddit
Tell me if you think these are really mature things to be talking about, or merely teenage topics?
- Why don’t more people live underground? (324 upvotes)
- Do platonic guy friends exist? (154 upvotes)
- My brother pulled a hair out of his balls and what appears to be red string is coming out. It’s sticking out and hurts if he pulls on it. What is it? Should he be worried? Picture inside, NSFW. (154 upvotes)
- Why does gasoline smell so damn good? (28 upvotes and rising)
There is some adult content
It is true, not all of Reddit is just for teenagers, but there is no Reddit Senior version, its all or nothing, piled in one giant mess. There are some categories which are better than others, but the rule is the more general the category, usually the more likely you’re to find yourself in “just another teenage thread”.
Now this is where I have respect for Jeff Atwood and the Stack-exchange group. What Jeff has created is nothing short of a miracle, focused niche sites with strong communities who are completely against trolling and do not tolerate impolite behavior. Simply put, Reddit is a cesspit, while stack exchange sites are akin to class and quality.
To put it another way the Reddit community think they’re smart, but I think its time they took a step back and just had a think what they’re participating in. Smart people build quality structures, not mud huts.