Those Guilty Pleasures


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Maddy Reagan, Staff Writer

Happy 2018 everyone. It’s the new year and this calls for new years resolutions. This is the time of year where gyms are booming and fitness brands are profiting. You are doing great. The only problem is that any time you go to a restaurant you can’t help but indulge in a large bacon cheeseburger and cheese fries. It’s in no way healthy, but you can’t resist the yummy cheesiness of this burger. Although they may not be the best thing for us, we all have them.

In 2017, an ever-trending hashtag on Twitter is the #GuiltyPleasure. Twitter users spill their biggest guilt and how it affects their lives. One user confessed his addiction to OK Magazine claiming it’s where he finds all of the biggest celebrity gossip. Others confess their love for TV shows, “The Voice”, “Bachelor in Paradise”, “Cake Boss” and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” are some of the most coveted. If we are so open to sharing our “guilty pleasures” why are they guilty? We shouldn’t be ashamed of what we like and how we enjoy things. I surely don’t feel guilty for playing over 1000 hours on the Sims 4 or over 180 hours on Overwatch, because it’s what I like to do with my time and energy.  Just like someone shouldn’t feel bad for indulging in that cheesy bacon burger once in a while. Instead, we should emphatically share what we love.

On a poll posing the question, “What’s Your Guilty Pleasure?” The majority of the miners that took the quiz said that their guilty pleasure involves a food. 30% said that their guilty pleasure involves a TV show, and another 30% said that their guilty pleasure involves music. 5% said that their guilty pleasure is invoked by a disliked sports team, and another 5% said that their guilty pleasure includes a traditionally disliked food.

It’s completely okay to have a guilty pleasure, and it seems that people today and people in the future proudly brandish their guilt, and I hope it continues. Instead of guilty pleasures, we should call them a quiet admiration or a shy love. Another reason why we shouldn’t call them guilty pleasures because we shouldn’t be disappointed about our individuality because our quiet admiration makes us who we are. I’m probably one of the many people who dedicates numerous hours playing video games instead of being productive, and there shouldn’t be any shame surrounding this statement because it’s who I am.  As long as your “guilty pleasure” isn’t hurting you or anyone else, keep it up because it’s part of who you are, and you’re amazing.