The effect it has on you is called FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out. And, as a concept, it's stupid as all hell.
Guess what? There are many centuries' worth of popular (and niche) culture to consume. No one has time to get through it all.
'Oh my god, you haven't seen X TV show yet? You need to binge watch all of it!'
I need sleep. I need food. I don't need to spend many hours prone across a sofa, only getting up to use the loo or prepare food (that's not that healthy, btw. Binges aren't good for you - no matter what you're bingeing on.)
This totally goes for us bookworms too. I'm guilty of using the word 'need' when it comes to my TBR (to-be-read) list, but hopefully I don't put pressure on others to conform to the same.
(And if I do, dudes, I'm so sorry!)
My TBR is currently 750+ books. I may never get around to reading all of them guys, m'k? There are a lot of really interesting books in the world, and only so many hours in a day, or in our short lives.
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My dearest nerdlets, feeling like you need to act in a certain way, to have seen certain TV shows, read certain books... it's just more b**lsh** from society as a whole.
Comparing yourself to everyone else - I need to have seen this film, because everyone else has, and I'll be a total loser if I don't - is just going to make you miserable.
Because for a start, life's too short to spend it reading, watching, and doing, things that you aren't enjoying, or aren't interested in.
Read, watch, listen to... all the things that make you happy.
Because, my dear nerdlets, happiness is precious and difficult to catch. Never take it for granted, m'k?
And go tell FOMO that it can eff the hell off.
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- Nerd Church - Dear Toxic Masculinity: We Need To Talk
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- Nerd Church - The Age of Media