“Sometimes I read r/relationships simply to feel my entire life is fine,” claims another.

“Sometimes I read r/relationships simply to feel my entire life is fine,” claims another.

We love advice columns. Plus in a time whenever amateur advice columns are springing up seemingly each day, r/relationships provides a wonderful chance to both offer and critique advice, while also reading tales of woe (or, often, joy) that provide us glimpses into other people’s everyday lives and battles. There’s the earnest teenager seeking suggestions about asking down a trans classmate, the man aided by the racist “friend” who called ICE on their gf, the guy whom wished to force his spouse to obtain an abortion after a fetal that is possible of Down problem. (And my favorite that is personal girl with a relationship that seems pretty great, aside from the reality that her fiancé “runs up stairs like your pet dog.”) Even though they have repeated, as writer Morgan Jerkins observes of posts from young adults not used to dating and relationships, they supply moments of provided humanity—or a i’m that is“wow that’s perhaps not me personally.” People who prey on the trainwreck nature of r/relationships are not the only one: analysis implies that individuals do derive deep satisfaction from watching the misfortunes of other people.Continue reading