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Have you ever observed how a seemingly innocuous comment can ignite a surge of anger and outrage? What factors could elucidate the seemingly escalating sensitivity to offense in today’s society? Is it tied to the swift proliferation of social media or changes in cultural norms? Online discussions are abuzz with conversations delving into the peculiar and unconventional catalysts for this heightened sensitivity to offense.
1. Saying No to Someone
Saying “no” isn’t just a rejection; it’s a declaration of self-respect. However, many users believe that if you say no to someone, they get offended and try to make you feel guilty for creating healthy boundaries. A user said, “People can ask for whatever they want. As long as they can take “No” for an answer in a healthy fashion.”
2. Standing Up for Oneself
Someone said, “Standing up for yourself within reason. People will forever get offended for no longer being able to take advantage of you, and they act like that’s the weird part.”
Another user added, “When you hold up the mirror, these people get aggressive towards you because they don’t like what they see.”
3. Just Doing Your Job
In customer service, when customer reps do their job, it offends most people, and they are labeled as rude. A user said, “I worked in a clothing store that would send $10 off $25 coupons occasionally. You can only use them once for obvious reasons, so we were told to rip them up and throw them away after scanning them. The anger that would fill the old ladies’ faces when I ripped that coupon in half and threw it in the garbage after scanning, it was scary.”
4. The Paradox of Seeking Opinions
A common human behavior we have all witnessed– is someone asking for opinions and then getting upset when those opinions aren’t what they expected or wanted to hear. A user writes, “A visiting lecturer asked me my honest opinion about something, then didn’t like what I said and tried to get me fired. I was a student working at the School of Business. The visiting lecturer said I needed to learn a lesson that my honest opinion shouldn’t be my honest opinion but gratifying.”
5. Passing in Traffic
Why do people act like traffic is a race? Someone said, “I recently got a car with cruise control and could test a theory I always had. Do people go faster when I pass them, or do I unconsciously slow down? Now if I think someone is speeding up, I put on CC and keep the speed constant and watch people sail past me like their family’s honor is on the line.”
6. Clash in Interests
A user said, “My friend and his wife have pretty much the attitude of “you have to like (and also not like) the same TV shows, music, movies, and hobbies as we do, or else we’re going to give you the third degree. They’re both super into comic book movies. I’m not. Not saying they’re bad. Just not my thing. “What!?!? How can you not like them? They’re so good!! You have to watch them!! You don’t have any taste!”
7. Hearing a Different Language
A user said, “Seeing people flip out on someone else having a private conversation in another language always confused me. Why are you eavesdropping in the first place?”
Usually, insecure people flip out and think everyone is talking about them. I may unintentionally stare or listen as it’s not common to hear another language around here, and I find it interesting.” Another user added.
8. When Asked to Pay Back
Financial favors get you nowhere. A user said, “People get offended the most when asked to be paid back. I lend you money; then suddenly, I’m the a***** when I ask for it back.
9. Food Frenzies
A user said, “Some food enthusiasts on social media can be so judgemental and offended without any reason. People get so worked up over images of food, especially if that food item slightly deviates from their purist interoperation. Don’t believe me? Make an English breakfast, but instead of normal toast, use Texas toast. Also, leave out the tomatoes. I guarantee you the comment section will be buttery drama.” Weird but true.
10. Wrong Pet Pronouns
Strangely, misidentifying a dog’s gender can sometimes trigger strong reactions. A user said, “When you get someone’s dog’s gender wrong. Everyone keeps calling my black lab mix a boy “Good boy, hey buddy!” I don’t care, but when I got a little fluffy white dog named Tinkles wrong at the park, a lady bit my head off. Tinkles is a boy; alright, chill.”
11. Being Asked to Wear a Mask
A social responsibility turned into tension. A user said, “People really like taking out their frustration on whoever happens to be in front of them. I’ve seen a lot of Uber commercials lately talking about how masks are required to ride. It’s great, but I can’t imagine being an Uber driver and trying to enforce that. I’d be afraid for my life half the time.”
12. Genuine Kindness
It’s weird when people doubt the sincerity behind the words. A user writes, “If you compliment someone out of the ordinary. Most people don’t expect kindness and think you are being sarcastic. Sad to see that being nice is not expected of people.”
13. Mispronounced Names
A user said, “Sometimes it’s acceptable, but when you can’t say the correct name because of your accent, they think you’re rude. No, this is just how your name sounds in my accent.”
14. Entertainment Style Articles
Articles just like this one are meant to explore other people’s opinions and views purely for entertainment. They are not meant to be a personal strike against anyone, although people often take it that way.
15. Expired Coupons
Retail workers recall all the times they were reprimanded for not using an expired coupon or taking it once it was used (because they’re for one time use.) How dare they do their jobs!
16. Southern Courtesies
A Southern man shares he was raised to call everyone ma’am or sir. He shares he will randomly have a lady “flip out” over being called ma’am because they associate it with being an old lady.
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