Overrated? You tell me!

Overrated? You tell me!

In a 2006 New Yorker interview, writer Christopher Hitchens gave a list of overrated things in his life. It was funny, intriguing, and to some, offensive, and that’s the point.

So, because this is the Internet and we’re all friends, Aunt B decided to start her own Overrated List. Let’s take a peek inside our minds. Here are the rules:

You can only name four (4) things that are overrated, meaning it may be a big deal to some, but to you ‘not so much’.

Because this is Mama’s Health, try to think of one thing related to health.

Feel free to comment, in fact, please do.

Here’s my list of things I think are highly overrated:

  1. Text Messaging
  2. The Colbert Report
  3. Thinness
  4. Plastic surgery

I’ve had text, but it sometimes feels like a big game of “I’ve got a secret,” with all the raised eyebrows, grinning and furious thumbing across that tiny keyboard. Stephen Colbert? Just not as funny as Jon Stewart. Numbers 3 and 4 go hand in hand, it would be nice to be able to love our bodies, just as they are, and not have to diet or slice and dice them into someone else’s version of beauty. I’ve struggled with my weight for years, lifted and lunged, took pills, shots, and I’ve considered plastic surgery. People have different body types, and not matter what I’ll never look that woman on video, and even if I did, I wouldn’t be any happier. It’s all overrated.

– Aunt B


8 Responses to “Overrated? You tell me!”
  1. Elizabeth says:

    My top over-rated things

    – Video Games
    – Money (although is needed to buy goods to live, it doesn’t create happiness)
    – Recreational Drugs (you miss out on the good things in life when you are in an altered state of consciousness)
    – Fireplace in the bedroom (it is not fun having to get out of your bed every 20 minutes to rearrange the logs in the fire, plus afterward, your bedroom smells like smoke and ashes)

    – Elizabeth

  2. Roland says:

    1) Swine Flu – As seth and amy would say: Really? Its a strand of flu. Many more people die each year of the “normal” influenza. Is it bad? yes. Did it deserve nearly 24/7 coverage on tv for a week? No.

    2) Facebook – I don’t want to see another person pimping their facebook/twitter account on TV.

    3) Holidays (since this is memorial day) – While I think it is nice to have a day dedicated to the men and women who served our country. My problem with holidays is that we use that day to remember the veterans. Also, valentines day–you should show your love to the ones you love whenever you can; the list goes on and on.

    4) Starbucks – Are we so lazy that we really need drive up windows to get our coffee? Go support local companies and go to the smaller coffee shops. Many of them provide free wifi (unlike starbucks). They also are a good outlet for local artists and support great causes.

  3. Aunt B says:

    Roland, yes! Starbucks, I call it “four-bucks” because that is the average price you pay for a cup of coffee, I mean really! And yes the other coffee shops do support the community and artists. Good call. Yes on FB and holidays… though you’re Aunt B has a special place for Valentine’s Day.
    Swine Flu? Aunt B will remind you to wash your hands and keep them away from your face, and say that the news coverage was a bit over the top. Thanks for participating Roland.

  4. Aunt B says:

    Hey Elizabeth,
    I had to laugh out loud about the fireplace in the bedroom. Good call. I don’t own a video game, my Tween-let has one at her Dad’s house. I’m with you. I just don’t get it. Recreational drugs? It’s better just to be present for the moment. Yes. Thanks for chiming in.

  5. jan says:


    (1) paying off a credit card..who in the world does that..only to charge on it the next month

    (2) working out to lose weight…only to gain the weight back (double time)

    (3) patio off the bedroom…just for show

    (4) saying: “he brought it for me”…REALLY

    And I truly believe, that fireplace in the bedroom..JUST FOR SHOW!

  6. aledda says:

    1)Twitter! That is pure stalkerish and dumb. I loathe twitter.

    2)Valentines Day aka Singles Awareness Day. I won’t even elaborate.

    3)Infomercials- why the 1/2 hours of lies followed by the nanosecond of truth that is always cut off by them running out of time.

    4) Super skinty(yes skinty) ppl spending hours at the gym taking up the machines from ppl that need them. I mean really, do you need to have ur -4 behind on the treadmill for 2 hours??

  7. Donna says:

    What I think is overrated:

    1. Fancy cars — Seriously people you only need a car that has comfortable seats, doesn’t break down once a week, has cooling/heating and rolls on 4 wheels from point A to B, there is NO need to PIMP your ride!

    2. UNNECESSARY technology– A robot to vacuum my floors? Nothing beats my housekeeper! Blogging plant? for reals? I wonder what it would say after my dog has peed all over it!

    3. Cigarettes– no suitable for kissing! and really, I rather get a high from a hot steamy make-out session than nicotine. YES PLEASE!

    4. Video Games — For the lazy person like myself, working out is actually enjoyable with the Wii, Although, COMPLETELY unnecessary I must say. I live near the BIGGEST park in my city. Tsk Tsk, but that’s not all, what’s up with men frying their brains for hours playing “Theft Auto”? SUCH A TURN OFF!

  8. Aunt B says:

    Aledda I don’t get Twitter either, not for my personal use. Do I really need to know you went to the store and bought a quart of milk? Uhhh—- no.

    You’re number two made me laugh and number three… I think just because the television signal is there doesn’t mean ALL of the hours be filled. I can stand to see those colored bars for a few hours. Really.

    Skinty? LOL.