Come To This Subreddit To Be Boring

As much as people make fun of the internet for being a place to put your most boring thoughts, there's actually such tough competition for attention that if you want any reaction, you have to be super interesting. Even the famous subreddit /r/mildlyinteresting is full of fascinating stuff such as a panicked vending machine, surprise twinsies and a nine-fingered pianist. Your boring-arse story doesn't register. Unless you go to /r/benignexistence.

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For example, redditor KidishBambino cooked some soup after a morning blackout. And ligamentary opened a window. In an unusually dramatic turn, tallchai is sometimes nervous their teachers don't like them, even though they know this is silly. Reading through these stories, you can let your mind drift into a gentle grey haze.

The subreddit has existed for five years, but it really picked up last year. Still, the top posts of all time are still really non-intimidating: Mysticedge made two good slices of toast; richardrumpus has a favourite soup spoon; scharfa saw a bee. Each of these posts has dozens of upvotes. What a comfortable low bar for you to reach. Go ahead and submit something utterly banal. Everyone will appreciate it.

BenignExistence [Reddit]


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