25 Things That People Romanticize Way Too Much

Posted by , Updated on March 19, 2024

There are things that people romanticize way too much. Some of these romanticized things are SUPER obvious (we’re looking at you Eiffel Tower!). However, other items may not be so obvious. On today’s video, we’re going to show you some of the most “romantic” items in the world…thanks to hopeless romantics everywhere. These are 25 things that people romanticize way too much.



Romeo and Juliet

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It’s not a romance. It’s the story of two selfish and irresponsible kids.


Making video games

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Playing video games might be fun, but making video games is a completely different ballpark. You have a manager, deadlines, it can be quite boring, and people will roast you if the game isn’t up to expectations.


The simple life

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Dreaming about living a life sans water/electricity can seem romantic and simple, but when you come from the third world the whole romance/simplicity thing just doesn’t make sense. Also, farming is much harder than whatever you’re doing right now.


Victorian England

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They certainly weren’t very clean and they definitely weren’t prudes. The streets were full of excrement, children worked in mines, and most of the clothes contained toxic dyes. Not really a very romantic time to be alive.



executionsSource: quora, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain; published before 1923)

It’s actually not that much fun.



jealousySource: quora, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

It doesn’t prove your love; it destroys your relationship.



piratesSource: wikipedia, Image: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net (public domain)

They were quite literally the terrorists of their day. Imagine having a terrorist ride at Disney World…



depressionSource: wikipedia, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

Staring out the window into the rain doesn’t make you “attractive,” “edgy,” or “cool.” And it definitely doesn’t make you Batman. Depression is terrible, and romanticizing it downplays the real effects it has on people.


The past

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No, life wasn’t better 200 years ago, or 50 years ago, or even 10 years ago. The number of advances society has made almost every year are astounding. We live in the safest, most advanced, and most comfortable era of human history.



phoneSource: quora,

It’s definitely not cute.

Note: being patient with regards to a potential love interest is very different from active pursuit. Furthermore, active pursuit isn’t necessarily a bad thing either, but there is definitely a line between pursuing somebody and stalking somebody.


People who have died

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It seems that when somebody dies, we only remember the good stuff. As they say, condolences aren’t for the dead, they’re for the living.


Mental illness

depressionSource: wikipedia, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

Just because you’re bipolar, it doesn’t mean you’re some kind of genius.



cigaretteSource: wikipedia, Image: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

Yes, there are people out there who still romanticize this, unfortunately.



loveSource: quora, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

Hollywood and Bollywood are definitely guilty of this. Love isn’t something that happens to you. It’s something you work at.


The Roaring 20's

20sSource: wikipedia, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: published before 1923)

We seem to forget that they led directly into the Great Depression.


Che Guevara

che guevaraSource: wikipedia, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

He was a rapist, murderer, and sociopath. And these are just the things he said about himself…



marriageSource: quora

This is similar to love. Marriage takes work, it’s not like the two of you are always going to enjoy spending time with each other.



vikingSource: wikipedia, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

Something along the line of pirates, they pillaged, killed, and murdered.



depressionSource: quora, Image: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

Having a lot of baggage or a rough past is not something to emulate. People kill themselves because of this stuff.



diamondsSource: wikipedia

Due to a successful advertising campaign in the mid 20th century, people now believe that diamonds are rare and valuable, neither of which is actually true. In both historical and geological terms diamonds are relatively worthless.



westernSource: wikipedia

Unless genocide is your thing, Manifest Destiny probably shouldn’t be romanticized.



mobsterSource: quora

Once again, it is quite common for the mafia and gangs to be romanticized in movies and TV shows. The reality, however, is far from it.


Finding “the one”

heartSource: quora, Image: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

Here’s a newsflash – there isn’t one. Even if they were 1 in a million, there would still be 7 thousand of them out there.


Fist fights

fist fightSource: quora

Usually only people who haven’t been hit in the face romanticize this.



grassSource: quora, Image: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net (public domain)

That’s right, romanticizing is itself romanticized. We really shouldn’t be romanticizing things, people, or eras at all. While the grass usually looks greener on the other side, when you take a closer look, you’ll see all the dog poop that eluded your gaze from afar.