Tell Us Now: 19 Childhood Misconceptions About Adulthood From Movies And TV

Sorry, kids, the TV is lying to you.
Tell Us Now: 19 Childhood Misconceptions About Adulthood From Movies And TV

As a kid, a large part of how we envision adulthood is shaped through media – the movies, the TV shows, and the weird songs. Well, the songs are usually about counting or tying our shoes, so maybe mostly the movies and TV shows. Regardless, the ensuing results are hilarious. So many misconceptions of what it means to be an adult. Like a real one. The kind with a job and stuff. We asked Cracked readers on Facebook, “Growing up, what were misconceptions you had about adulthood due to movies and TV?” Some of you were very disillusioned children. A lot of you looked forward to growing up – until you went and did it. It really does seem that all kids want to be adults and all adults want to be kids. And as for everyone who did not answer, we can only assume that you really didn’t have any misconceptions as a kid. What fun that must’ve been.

TELL US NOW. LOT OF SPONTANEOUS TRAVELING Jamie R. incorrectly imagined as a child that I would be able to travel on a whim. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. ADULTS DON'T USE THE TOILET Alek M. shares, I thought that once I reached a certain age, I'd never have to go to the restroom again. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. TIDINESS IS A GIVEN Lindsey B. says media taught that Houses are always clean despite never seeing anyone cleaning (very few good story lines about chores). What's clutter? CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. STEPPARENTS. ARE WICKED Steve B. was mistaken to believe, All stepparents sucked. Didn't realize that often they can be and are better than the original parents. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. GETTING SOBER IS A LINEAR PATH Bob W. shares, I always thought people with drinking problems just went to AA or rehab and then BAM that was it. Problem solved. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. ADULTS KNOW BETTER Ange S. learned a hard lesson since believing, That adults were smart. So very not true. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. SEX ONLY HAPPENS UNDER BLANKETS Sid M. shares, That adults had sex under the covers. I have been an adult for 30ish years and did that once just to try it out. 1) It's too hot, and 2) it's too constricting. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. BEING POOR IS TEMPORARY Nick K. shares, That losing a job or being poor meant you searched the sofa for pennies or got an embarrassing job dressed as a hot dog in the mall for a single episode, not that it meant crippling anxiety and self-doubt. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. NERDS ALWAYS BECOME SUCCESSFUL Amanda M. falsely believed that Because I was the loser in school, I would be super successful as an adult, and the people who bullied me would be doing awful. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. GETTING A JOB IS EASY Melissa H. mistakenly believed as a kid that it's really easy to break into whatever career field you want. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. SEX IS MORE IMPULSIVE Fiona W. used to think That people regularly have impulsive sex in weird locations, with little concern for clean-up, contraception, the risk of being arrested, or plain old inconvenience. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. HALLOWEEN IS FOR ADULTS Theresa M. tells US, I thought there would be lots of Halloween parties with all the adults dressed in elaborate costumes. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. GROWING UP IS GREAT John W. says it was a mistake to believe that being an adult was better then being a kid. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. ADULTS DON'T PLAY GAMES Greg R. shares, I thought I'd have to give up toys, games, and fun hobbies for 'adult things.' Now I'm old enough to actually buy myself cool toys, and I still have weekly D&D nights. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. ADULTS CONSTANTLY HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS Jessica S. says, I thought I could hang out with my group of friends whenever because we'd obviously all be on the same schedule and live in the same apartment building, and we would always be at a diner or coffee shop and not work very much but still have money to live. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. ADULTS HAVE LOTS OF FREE TIME TAPLE TJ R. used to believe that you will have all the free time in the world for hijinks and schemes, and work was something you only periodically had to go to (mostly for hook ups and telling off your boss.) CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. THERE'D BE MORE STUCK ELEVATORS Jennifer S. imagined, If you were having problems with someone, at some point you'll be trapped in an elevator or closet with them to work out your differences. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. ADULTHOOD MEANS CONSTANTLY DRINKING Tim S. used to think as a kid that Going to a bar for drinks every day was common. My hero was Norm. Maybe not the best role model. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. HOUSING IS AFFORDABLE A.J.A. used to think that Your first apartment would be the size of a mansion, and you could afford it by working in a minimum wage job. CRACKED.COM
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