Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thousands of Liberals Asked About Biggest "A-Ha" of Lives; Top Responses: "LSD," "Pot," and "Stealing"

Yesterday, thousands of members of the site Reddit answered the question, "What was your biggest "holy **** why haven't I done this sooner" moment?" At the time this article was written, the question had an astounding 14,815 answers.

There were quite a few non-controversial answers. "Getting an iPhone" was an answer repeated dozens of times. Switching from Internet Explorer to a better browser was another. Hundreds of members wrote "losing weight."
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Decidedly more controversial answers, particularly illegal ones, garnered much more approval, however. Unsurprisingly, the answer "pot" received a tremendous amount of "upvotes," which show mutual agreement from other members.

User dogslike us responded to the question, in part:
Then at 22 I tried pot. Sooo much better than alcohol.
At the time of publication, this comment had received more than 3,000 upvotes.  User morganinhd went for harder drugs and was still met with great approval. She wrote:
LSD. Mother of god it's fantastic.
The comment has received over 1,500 upvotes.

Almost as frequent an answer than the previous two, however, was "pirating," or the act of downloading either music, films, video games, or pictures without the consent or compensation of the artist.  User crazycarl003 received a whooping 3,681 upvotes for his short answer of:
pirating textbooks.
User dat_****_gray agreed, boasting:
Becoming a pirate. I've easily plundered 500 gigs worth of film, games and music over the last year.
Sometimes it's not terribly difficult to see why President Obama was able to get the vote of under-informed liberals. This is one of those times.

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  1. Nothing in the survey specifies "liberals."


    1. Have you never been on Reddit before?


  2. I would guess that the liberal to conservative ratio on reddit runs something like 95% to 5%.

  3. I don't think it is quite 95% Liberal as there is a fair amount of Libertarians on the site, but I would say it is probably 75-80% Liberals. Having said that, a lot of the "illegal" topics are things people from any political spectrum could be guilty of... Smoking pot and download piracy, Pretty much every person between the ages of 15 to 25 has done those things at least a couple times and that is the main demographic on the site.