One Night of Browsing Yahoo! Answers Made Me Question (and Laugh at) Our Youth

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I recently had one of those nights where your brain decides to over-analyze every single decision you’ve ever made. Sleep was eluding me, which was nothing new, and being the millennial that I am, I was browsing the internet on my phone for hours. I checked my email (for the second time) and saw a response to a question I had posted years ago on Yahoo! Answers. I remembered how entertaining the site used to be, so I started browsing. The screenshots below are from my late-night phone search in the “Singles & Dating” category:

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This is probably the least entertaining of the questions on this list but every time I read “I know he likes Sweet tarts but…” I crack up. Maybe it’s my experience with guys or remembering how small problems with them are when you’re 14, especially compared to now, but this question is so naively sweet.

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Here’s another young girl…WHO WANTS TO GET PREGNANT?! I hadn’t even kissed anyone when I was her age and she wants a baby? I read this question and just thought: ‘no no no no no,’ which makes this response even better. Especially because it didn’t start out by telling her how stupid she is, like I wanted to.

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The second question on this screenshot did not surprise me; it’s the details of the question that made me wonder if this was an Internet troll. First, kudos to this girl’s boyfriend for being one of the few guys on the planet to want to use a condom. Second, how would using a condom count as a sin? The reason some religions don’t justify the use of condoms is because it’s essentially stopping a pregnancy. Third, she doesn’t want to get pregnant. And, fourth, if you’re not married and having sex, isn’t that a sin already?! Yet another example of why I don’t understand religion.

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I hope you all get why this question is hilarious because I’m still laughing about it. Did anyone else think of that “Workaholics” episode or was it just me?

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This douchey question really got under my skin. I completely disagree that thinking a guy is hot means they’re hotter than you—it makes no sense. This guy is basing his argument on his own arrogant thoughts and if you didn’t notice, only looking at it from a male perspective.

There’s all different types of beauty and attractiveness; and yes, you must be physically attracted to someone to have a good relationship, but people become more attractive when you love their personality. I bet most people aren’t trying to find a partner who only thinks they’re average, like this guy is arguing.

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If she’s talking about the guy above, then yes. Since coming to college, I’m sure a lot of us can relate to her story.

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It’s sad that this question even had to be asked, but at least the person asking this question knew something was wrong about this habit they noticed.

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Can someone please tell this girl that it sounds like her boyfriend is a stoner? I read through all the answers to her question and not one person suggested it.

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“All of y’all will say I’m wrong, no I shouldn’t use her for sex. But that’s life, everyone gets used.” Yes, that is true for a lot of people unfortunately, but only because everyone keeps using others! *Claps for the answer at the bottom*

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Reading the question, I first got sad and was prepared to read a sad story and answer her question with support. Then, I read the rest of the question and got angry. In my freshman year, I knew a girl who accused a friend of rape just because he didn’t like her on the same level she did him. And this girl seems to have the same thought process. You cannot say, “There is this guy I like and want to date. One night…I let him take me home” and then say, “If a guy won’t get into a relationship after having sex with me, isn’t that rape? Also, isn’t drunk sex always rape…?” I feel bad for all people involved in this story: this girl doesn’t know the difference between sex and rape, and the fact that she got this idea from somewhere means something is wrong with our culture. Not that some of the other questions on this list didn’t represent that already.

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Ending this list on a happier note, here’s one question I really enjoyed. Part of me wishes I was single so I could use some of these. My personal favorites are: “I have enough laundry to do,” “I’m waiting for your boyfriend/girlfriend to break up with you,” and “Name one superhero who is married. Exactly.”

If anything, this list proves that our youth needs some serious direction. So next time you’re bored, can’t sleep, or just trying to procrastinate, go on Yahoo! Answers and give out some good advice.

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