What ‘Ticks Off’ the Class of 2022? — Or Who Said Holden Caulfield is Irrelevant?

ECHO Staff

Seventy-three members of Trinity’s Class of 2022 were asked “What ticks you off about the world?” They didn’t hold back. Some responses were funny; some were incredibly insightful. A sampling of the responses:

  • I’m so sick of listening to people like national news outlets and celebrities twist stories and push false narratives.
  • One thing that ticks me off about the world is when people act like they know what they are talking about when they actually have no clue.
  • The thing that ticks me off the most about the world is how everyone, especially on social media, thinks they are an expert about every subject and refuses to back down from their position even when confronted with evidence.
  • It ticks me off that the passage of time can leave loved ones, the experiences we most cherish, and the best years of our life in the past.
  • Being able to remember the good old days but never getting to relive them.
  • What ticks me off is negative people.
  • I hate that technology is taking over our lives and making us all extremely addicted to our phones, and we are all losing a grip on what’s really important.
  • Something that ticks me off is the fact that it is almost impossible for someone to state an opinion online without being bombarded with comments that either argue against or comments that just insult the person without any real reason.
  • Celebrities, wealthy people, and politicians who would rather lie to the public than show their true selves.
  • What makes me really angry is the time people waste on their phones when they are with other people.
  • I hate any time someone brings up the game Fortnite.
  • Government that takes high taxes but works inefficiently.
  • I hate when a person says one thing they hate about other people, and they tend to exemplify exactly what they just complained about, but they don’t see it.
  • I would say that if there is one thing that ticks me off it’s people who whine about everything and don’t learn to take criticism.
  • Whenever semi-trucks decide to pass each other, going one mph faster than the other truck.
  • Rules that do not affect the person making the rules.
  • Power-hungry people are going to be the death of America because all they want is the power, but never actually want to make America a better place.
  • One thing that ticks me off is how people today can’t have differing opinions and still be friends.
  • When people do not use reasoning or facts to form opinion, even more so when they are making baseless claims during arguments.
  • People who feel that their opinions matter far more than anyone else’s.
  • Every individual wants to offer their “educated” opinion on items so complicated, calculus seems like a breeze.

    It ticks me off that the passage of time can leave loved ones, the experiences we most cherish, and the best years of our life in the past. ”

  • Obnoxious sports fans tend to grind my gears.
  • Younger kids, those in primary and elementary schools, all go in (to school) an hour and a half later than us!
  • How does it make sense that my parents pay more taxes than huge corporations and billionaires?
  • Gum on the ground and the bottom of desk… that ticks me off.
  • I find no problem with the world itself. However, I do find problems with the people in it.
  • Loud chewing — pretty much any sort of ill-mannered act while eating or consuming food.
  • One thing that takes the cake is how careless and lazy most people in our world are.
  • Choices that leave us scratching our heads wondering why we didn’t seek an alternative approach.
  • I find it deplorable to hate or be stressed by something, but refuse to do anything about it.
  • Probably the biggest thing, apart from some small annoyances and other sorts, is injustice.
  • The thing that ticks me off the most is how some people believe they deserve respect just because they exist.
  • The thing in this world that ticks me off the most is inconsiderate people.
  • I have an internal spectrum (really, a mobius strip) which goes back and forth between humanitarianism and misanthropy. People do all sorts of stupid, selfish actions.
  • The lack of communication between sides that don’t agree on things.
  • What ticks me off about my own world specifically? Time. Earlier in life, I think I felt like I’ve had plenty of time, but not recently.
  • One of the biggest things that ticks me off in this world is rude kids that run around at restaurants.
  • I can’t stand when people are too loud, as in constantly so loud that I can’t hear myself think.
  • I strongly dislike people that talk over the teacher or talk over someone who is supposed to be the only one talking.
  • What ticks me off greatly is some people’s indifference and ignorance.
  • My main tick is the wealth gap in America. Why should so many people suffer while the 1-percenters exploit their workers?
  • I am ticked off when someone makes something intentionally difficult, or at least more than it has to be, like in a lot of college applications.
  • Practice what you preach or don’t bother preaching it at all.
  • I get ticked off when people in my class think they’re funny, but I find it cringy.
  • When I think about how expensive college is and how unrealistic it is to go far away, I am filled with rage.
  • Especially with the Russian invasion of Ukraine fresh on everyone’s minds, I’m reminded of how ruthless humans can be to each other.
  • My mom jokes about it all the time, but everything ticks me off.
  • It makes me mad when I have to put my phone in a caddy at school because I’m mature enough to not have it out during class.
  • Paris, France, and “Fahrenheit 451.”
  • There is nothing more annoying than someone thinking they are better than someone else because they own something or have something.
  • The thing that ticks me off the most in the world is people’s lack of acceptance and refusal to accept that they are wrong.
  • People care more about the likes they have on Instagram than the number of people who like them in real life.
  • One thing that ticks me off about the world is that some people can’t learn to respect other people.
  • A thing that ticks me off is when I go to someone’s house and the way they do things is completely different from me.
  • Those who have the most will take things away from those who have less in pursuit of their unobtainable happiness.
  • Ninety percent of opinions (not a true fact) are just thrown out there, and when you go to ask someone about it and you try to change their mind, they just won’t.
  • People that do not use a turn signal simply infuriate me.
  • The thing that ticks me off about the world is a lack of common sense. I run in to way too many situations every day where people just fail to use their brain.
  • Some people find it nearly impossible to listen to an argument against them or something they believe, let alone attempt to understand where the other person is coming from.
  • People who constantly apologize for anything they do, right or wrong, always assuming they are making a mistake or at least feigning that sentiment.
  • You aren’t the ruler of the world. If it doesn’t affect you, then don’t butt into it.
  • It often angers me to see people manipulating others maliciously to achieve something they need.
  • A thing that really ticks me off is when people don’t realize how busy I am and just keep adding to my plate.
  • I don’t really like projecting my anger onto someone else if I’m having a rough day, but ever since I got a job, I realize how many people do that.
  • People who pretend they have some superior knowledge about something while at the same time being so ignorant about everything.
  • I don’t like how nothing makes sense in the grand scheme of things.
  • Gravity can tick me off, as you know that clumsy moment you have every now and then where you knock something over and then in trying to save the thing you knocked over, you proceed to knock like 30 other things over.
  • I am ticked off about the constant political divide in the U.S. right now — seeing how even close families can become separated and can come to hate each other over politics.
  • People in modern society who still refuse to acknowledge the existence of climate change.
  • While our current system for keeping time may seem to be the most convenient and practical, it is not beneficial to humans and their health.
  • Bad-tasting fruit. Not being able to sleep. Being late.
  • The constant arguments between people, classifying someone by their political beliefs, or racism; there is a lot that makes me mad.
  • The pure rudeness of some people in this world also ticks me off. Working in the fast food business, I experience it a lot.
  • When my socks don’t dry all the way in the dryer, so I must wear wet socks.