6 Things Twentysomethings Are Afraid Of

1. Sending a scandalous text to the wrong person

Everyone gossips over text messaging. It stupidly feels like a safe space, a good way to air your grievances. That being said, you better be paranoid when you do it. Because isn’t one of our worst fears sending an incriminating text to the wrong person? Ex: “I think Sarah is an alcoholic…”. You meant to send that to your friend Carey but lo and behold, your brain short-circuited and you actually sent it to Sarah. You realize it the moment you send it but there are no takebacks. And then you have to live your life in dreaded agony for Sarah’s response which will be probably be along the lines of “I think you meant to send that to someone else…” What the hell do you then? Say April Fool’s? Let’s go to happy hour? You’re screwed.

2. Missing out on a great night

Even though we like to pretend we’re 90 and can’t hang, the fear of missing out an amazing night keeps us going out to parties and bars. “I really want to stay in with Netflix but this party could be fun and change my life!” Unless you meet your future partner, it never really does but it beats watching your life pass you by in a nightgown.

3. Your computer breaking

Have you ever had your computer stop working? It’s agony. It feels like you’re actually withdrawing from drugs. You wander aimlessly around your apartment asking yourself, “Well, what do I do without my computer? Seriously. WHAT DO I DO?” Then things turn #dark and you become a person needing a hit. You’ll text everyone in your phone “Um, can I come over and use your internet?” and some will respond, “Um, sure.” You’ll come over immediately and check your email, Facebook and Twitter and think “Um, is that it? That’s what I’ve been needing a hit of?” Yes. Yes it is.

4. Being judged

We’re sort of all insecure wrecks, aren’t we? The funny thing about me is that I want everyone to like me regardless if I actually like them back. It’s sick! I can seriously hate someone’s guts but I will freak out if they hate me back. “Wait, you don’t like me? Why not? What can I do to win your approval, Person I Hate Anyway!” Everyone is so self-conscious and afraid of being That Person who enters a social situation and people are like “Uggghhh. This dude. Jesus.” We have a right to be afraid! We can be cruel judge-y people! One false move at a social gathering and people will get ideas fixed in their head about you.

5. People your age who are getting married

“You’re getting married? That means you’re winning the Life race. I’m not married. I’m married to my job, my cat, and Nutella, and I’m pretty okay about all of it until you tell me that you’re getting married. That’s when I begin to question all of my life choices and wonder if I screwed up somehow. But yeah, I’ll RSVP. There better be good cake though.”

6. Not having health insurance

So when do I get health insurance? Is that just a thing no one gets anymore? Is that a ludicrous thing to ask for? WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING AT ME? STOP IT! Can I just be put in a bubble and hope nothing bad happens to me ever? Do I need to cave and work at a corporate coffee shop or a vintage store because they have benefits? Hello? Is anyone there?

Honorary mentions: Gluten, being loved in a healthy way, sending a “crazy” text message, exes’ Facebooks, your friends becoming more successful than you, and sobriety. TC mark

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Ryan O'Connell

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  • Danielle Nathan

    6. The sinking in your stomach when you log into your online banking an realized you have $12.00 left in your checking account. And you’re not getting paid for another 1.5 weeks.

    • Lauren

      Ugh, the worst.

    • http://twitter.com/kaimcn Kai

      You too?

    • Guest

      looks like you’re going to have to stop blowing money on useless things.

  • Dom

    that is scarily accurate

  • Aidan Ablona


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506720668 Kim Jeong Chill

    I think I’m more scared of the stuff on the honorary mentions. Being loved in a healthy way, friends becoming more successful than me, aaaand sobriety. 

  • your cousin

    1 2 3 3 4 5

  • ACF

    1. I actually did that… on April Fools Day. Luckiest day ever.

  • Anonymous

    6. Wrinkles

  • Mashka

    also looking at your bank account balance

  • Anon

    Great, thanks for laying out all my problems.  Now how do I fix them?

    • http://www.facebook.com/grc15r Gregory Costa

      1.  Don’t send texts.  2. Buy some ice cream and invite a friend over. 3. Get a ThinkPad. 4. Get some confidence, stupid.  5. Gloat knowing that their marriage is soon going to end in divorce.  6.  Go to MA and get yourself free insurance.  Or save some money and get insurance.    Honorable mention:  Stop being a pussy. 

      • Boston11

        Not sure where you are from, but there certainly is no free insurance in MA

      • Mashka

        ha yea seriously

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EUL6B7WZUNAHGMO5KRCKZTGP54 Damen Handle

        If you’re 26 and younger, you can stay on your parent’s insurance all throughout the United States now according to the Affordable Care Act. MA has near-universal health care, but it isn’t free unless you meet a certain low income threshold.

      • http://www.facebook.com/grc15r Gregory Costa

        I was on Mass Health for a year because I didn’t make enough as a sub.  I think most undergrads fall into my income bracket.

  • Mashka

    also anyone having access to our Google search history…………… just sayin’ 

    • DAMO

      75% of my friends wouldn’t be if they had access to it. it’s not that bad… it’s just dodgy. okay, it’s a little bad.

  • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans

    I so do not feel jealous of other people my age who are getting married.  

  • http://twitter.com/kelvin_lee Kelvin Lee

    Doing tasks in RL that you’d normally do online. Like going to the bank, mailing a letter, “developing” film photos. It’s additional forced social contact and it always seems to take forever.

  • Anonymous

    waking up at 30 and realize we wasted our 20s

    • http://twitter.com/Melissa_Messer Melissa Messer

      I used to worry about this constantly but then I decided that there’s no right or wrong way to do your twenties or any other age group. Just live and don’t overthink it.

  • Anonymous

    The only thing in the list I’m scared of, is my computer breaking. Because there’s no way in hell I’ll be able to afford a new one. 

  • Mashka

    oh yeah “being loved in a healthy way” holy shit. so scary. Why is this scary. It’s supposed to be awesome.

  • macgyver51

    #7- Getting tickets to Ke$ha. There, now its the most shallow piece you’ve ever written.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=606591971 Karen Prime

    When you get older you’ll stop giving a shit about #3. 

  • A.

    this rules

  • Guest

    6 Things Ryan O’ Connell Is Afraid Of and Lazily Assumes Are Universal Fears

    • http://twitter.com/theacematt2 Matt

      Okay… so I didn’t have a fear of -all- of this, but.. health insurance indeed. Yeah? Anyone else graduating soon? :X

  • Joanna

    This is the best thing I’ve ever seen. Ever.

  • Emily

    Well played, Ryan. Well played.

  • steph

    I bitched about my brother in a text to my friend but sent it to him by accident… when he was in the next room.  He called out, “I think you sent that to the wrong person” >_<  I felt like an asshole

  • http://twitter.com/kaimcn Kai

    If I could commit to my job and a cat, I’d feel a bit better. I haven’t even had a jar of Nutella for months, and I really really love Nutella.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Timberman/922794 Steven Timberman

    Agree with all but #4. #4 is completely universal, and something I’m sure will last me well through the next few decades.

    Shit, meant for this to be optimistic. Whoops.

  • http://www.yotelorecomiendo.com Mike

    omg thats so true :P

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