Ah sweet rebellion. I always wanted to make the adults in my life proud of me when I was a teen. Yet, there was that side of me that loved trying to do the opposite of what I was taught in my strict upbringing. That process -of going from being under parental authority to being your own boss- is tough sometimes regardless of how you’re raised. In the last decade, I’ve met many different people from different areas and there are a few pet peeves I just must voice.
#1 Having your pants so low that your underwear is visible or your pants ‘sag’ is not attractive.
I don’t care if it’s a girl’s ‘whale tail’ or guy’s boxers sticking out…it’s plain unattractive. Not once have I ever seen a guy with his pants falling down and thought, ‘dang, that’s sexy!’ Never- even when I was a teenager was that attractive. Also, regardless of whether guys like a peek at girl’s undergarments or not, she will be laughed at anyways and made fun of- not the kind of attention you want. We all have our wardrobe malfunctions which are excusable every once in a while, but for the most part let’s keep our pants up. Please.
#2 No matter who you are, being a sloppy, drunk mess is disgusting.
This goes for both genders, but I’m especially focusing on the gals for this one. It’s not (and I repeat, not!!!) attractive or in any way “cute” to get so wasted that you’re clinging on to guys’ arms sobbing or stumbling over your platform stilettos. Even less glamorous is when the cutie you’re trying to impress in your oh-so-drunk state has to hold your hair back as you puke. As a side note, when men get this drunk seeing them stumble and slur their words is an equal turnoff.
#3 Using “F***” or any expletive more than a couple of times in a conversation makes you look beyond unintelligent.
Is your mouth in need of a spring cleaning? Cursing on a whole isn’t the most attractive quality, but having a habit of cursing in every sentence can really hurt what people think of you and actually harm your intelligence. If you say the same words over and over as an adjective you’re not building (or retaining) any good vocabulary…you’re simply following a pattern over and over. This can lead to bad communication skills. Though less offensive, this also goes for using “like” and “um” too much. A reckless tongue is unattractive and unprofessional.
#4 Now is the time to take, not break responsibility.
Having a job, paying for your expenses, bills and driving safely – essentially, following the rules- is not only the right thing to do, it’s easier. I was reckless with my money for a long time. I used spending as an excuse to deal with my stress and other issues going on in my life. I didn’t listen to my mom when she said not to speed excessively and pay more attention- which got me paying for tickets, literally. Being a rebel is only fun for so long. Then you realize life is just cheaper and easier being responsible.
#5 Throwing up those hand signs for every friend, foe or photo is beyond obnoxious.
I understand maybe with a friend or two you have your silly signs or crazy, complex handshakes. But constantly throwing up hand signs, especially silly gang signs or ‘the finger’ gets old. Once in a while it’s funny and surprising but you’re not a gangster or rapper so please, let’s not let this become a ridiculous habit. If you’re over 21, kick it!
#6 Don’t give wimpy handshakes.
Yes you heard it. Many people will judge your handshake as representing how honest, mature, outgoing and confident you are. I can tell you I’m glad I listened to my parents and teachers when they told me to grasp someone’s hand firmly and give it a good shake. It’s not difficult; simply look the person in the eye shake their hand.
#7 Videogames should be played in moderation.
There is no reason for anyone out of high school or over 21 to be wasting time on videogames for more than an hour or two per day max on gaming. The exception to this of course, would be game designers and testers.
#8 Chewing with your mouth open.
Seriously, it’s sad that this even has to make the list but it does. Chewing with an open mouth is disgusting, yet I still see people doing it. Come to think of it, this shouldn’t be allowed past the age you learn to speak English!
#9 Littering is unattractive and horrible for the rest of us to look at.
I still see litter-bugs. I have hated littering since I could walk. A lot of teens may do it, or reckless youth which is to be expected many times. But for the older you are, the uglier it looks. Quit throwing your garbage out the windows onto the streets and sidewalks! As a side note, you’re harming animals by littering.