Literature killed my desire to consume other types of media

Ever since I got into classical literature, philosophy, theology, history, physics and mathematics, I just can’t enjoy anything else anymore. I can’t play a game, I start thinking it’s a waste of time, I can’t watch a movie or an anime, I start thinking its story won’t even come close to the greatest classics, I can’t go out with woman anymore as well, I can’t communicate with them anymore, I can’t stand their shallowness. Did this happen to anyone else? Is it just a phase or is it a part of growing up intellectually?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This happens to everyone. Once you taste the Classics, it is difficult to sit through twelve episodes of genre dross. That said, I enjoy some movies for the audiovisual experience, such as Barry Lyndon (1975).
    Very impressive that you fit in physics and mathematics alongside literature and philosophy. We need more people like you on this board. /scilit/ will save IQfy.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I know it's happening to me. Books are the most information-dense media there is. Everything else is shallow by comparison.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      homie im all for reading but visual media is just so much more information dense.
      Do you not know how many words a picture is worth?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That's a very literal definition of 'information'. Think, for example, how many images are evoked by the word 'forest'. Think how difficult it would be for a picture to capture the relation between ideas expressed by 'the forest I long to return to', or 'the forest where my children will bury me'. I'm not saying texts are better, my point is that ranking mediums as if they can be quantitatively compared is a dead-end for understanding art, I think.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ur taking your world too seriously. u think you know so much more now than before but really ur more disoriented than ever. go out and live in THE world

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      OOOOHHH le intellectual awakening

      [...]
      KEK

      >I can’t watch a movie

      You have to learn to distinguish between good movies and bad movies.

      So nothing has changed?
      Your still consuming

      You can't tell me that you would rather live in a society full of men who spend ten thousand hours watching anime and playing video games over a society full of men who spend ten thousand hours solving physics exercises, studying Greek classics in the original Greek, and studying such sciences as jurisprudence and medicine.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        lmao we already do. don’t tell me you’re going to fix it with autism. fricking nerd

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >You can't tell me that you would rather live in a society full of men who spend ten thousand hours watching anime and playing video games over a society full of men who spend ten thousand hours solving physics exercises, studying Greek classics in the original Greek, and studying such sciences as jurisprudence and medicine.
        I'd prefer the society full of men who spend ten thousand hours watching anime and playing video games. We need dumb, docile motherfrickers to run the economy. I want my trash taken out every Friday and my burger made in <5 min, not a lecture from every single homosexual who thinks he's a genius for simply having an interest in the humanities/pure sciences.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >not a lecture from every single homosexual who thinks he's a genius for simply having an interest in the humanities/pure sciences.
          Ten thousand hours of study of the pure science is humbling. You would have a society of people who listen more than they speak.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            A black woman is speaking, chud. Shut up and listen!

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I like anime and Nintendo.
            I don't want boring homosexuals who think they are smart for reading "classics" to run the world.
            Frick off.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Anime is excusable, but Nintendo is for children and is inappropriate and unacceptable for any adult, with the exception of Metroid (1986) because I associate my brother's copy with my childhood.
            >I don't want boring homosexuals who think they are smart for reading "classics" to run the world.
            Why not? The world would be better if the careerists who ran it studied pure science and Classics.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        ONLY AT MILLER GROVE
        dis Anon reading original, classic, Greek, medicine.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I can’t watch a movie

    You have to learn to distinguish between good movies and bad movies.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Good movies are impossible to find. You have to stumble upon them by sheer luck.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Name some.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Watch Roy Andersson.

          t. different anon

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    So nothing has changed?
    Your still consuming

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Consuming is for products. Experiencing is for art. You experience literature, you don't consume it.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I know we all wanna dunk on OP for being in his pretentious phase from his consoomer phase but give him time, he'll eventually mature.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      how is wanting to reach le self-enlightenment bad? unless OP is a huge gay that waves it around everywhere, and thinks internally to himself that he has "it all figured out". I feel like this as well. Why would I consoom other bullshit when I could consoom """better""" bullshit?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Did I say it's bad? I just said it's a phase you go through like everyone else. But that mentality OP has undoubtedly pretentious.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why do your interests read like you're a 17th century French Cartesian priest?

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No. I still find the classics kind of stiff and dull, and read them mostly out of a sense of obligation. Or historical interest. I cannot relate to pre-industrial people.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Would have been more believable without the anime girl.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The anime girl is the only thing making the post even remotely believable.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That's a child

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It's called patrician taste.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's a part of growing up that's specific to how intellectual people are being raised in this current era. You probably had this realization after you rediscovered your love of reading, and that's not an accident. Getting burnt out on social media, booze/porn/weed, and long-term computer/phone usage happens when you have the sense to realize how much time you're truly wasting: and it's not a "you're not being productive" type of propaganda, but that RIGHT NOW you could be engaging with media that treats your brain better and is more practical to digest in terms of time management.

    Games take too long and modern ones are expensive as shit and broken. Anime is mostly trash barring a few dozen gems, and the same goes for cartoons. There's a lot more movies and there's only less than a thousand that are truly fantastic.

    Life is short, so enjoy what "sings" to you as a smart person. Find that intellectually stimulating stuff.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Holy shit, you perfectly described what is happening to me, it’s exactly like that

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        We're in the same boat. What I found that works for me is enjoying the movies/anime/games that appeal to my tastes and vibe with my autism, but only partaking in them when I have the time for it. I plan to watch a lot of movies and anime over my summer break.

        You can't enjoy quality anime or games or television if your schedule and lifestyle isn't primed for it. Adjust your life and things will fall into place. When it comes to women, your best bet is to find a woman who's well-read: go for the ADHD chicks.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For the past 5 months I've been reading in a foreign language for 2-3 hours each day and sometimes even 7 hours on weekends
    Once I'm finished reading and I'm exhausted and don't want to have to use my brain for anything else and so I just watch an episode of tv before I fall asleep
    Recently I've been watching Monk and Columbo
    I wish I were capable of using that time for something productive but I'm usually too drained

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I personally attempt to not restrict myself from enjoyment of things. You're free to do whatever you but I don't understand why you would restrict yourself from having fun.
    >I start thinking it’s a waste of time
    I've had this thought as well, just consider that you have more time than you need and less time than you want. Also it sounds like you have anxiety. About dying maybe? Maybe become a transhumanist or read some existentialist thing.
    >I start thinking its story won’t even come close to the greatest classics
    Consider that there's more to stories than a sliding scale of quality and you can still get things out of media that is technically inferior. Quality is a nice ideal but don't let yourself be constrained by it. I've gone down the path of Formalism and if the quality is all you value you'll become very depressed and also become very annoying (I hate subjectivists but still FRICK YOU MAULER).
    >I can’t go out with woman anymore as well
    FRICK YOU

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I start thinking its story won’t even come close to the greatest classics
    sounds like plothomosexualry

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It just means you think you're smarter than you actually are because you read books. You're pretentiously LARPing as an intellectual as if reading books is somehow incompatible with other forms of entertainment. You're not the first person to read books and the persona you've adapted is not unique to you. Eventually you'll realize that nobody thinks you're as intelligent as you do and grow out of it when you realize that it's doing you no favors and severely limiting your ability to enjoy life.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Definitely OP. TV is fricking insufferably awful, I can't stand being around it. I have not watched movie or show in several years and I do not miss it at all.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes. The key to enjoying other things is to consume the shallow media when you're too exhausted for the better arts.

    What truly ruins modern media for me is how awfully insinuated the psuedo-hidden political agenda are; not even the toxic messaging which is par for course, but just how inconcievably badly it's put in. I like anime from the '90s for 'brain melting' before I sleep, since any hidden messages are now largely irrelevent in modern times so I can just enjoy everything at face value.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'll back you up on that, but only on the grounds that 90s anime isn't mean spirited bullshit like adult cartoons, although the late night shit is certainly fricked up and not good for you either.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Bite your tongue. Aqua Teen was a work of art.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I meant the subtle or outright nihilism disguised as comedy that also pervades the rest of tv and film. There's an undercurrent of malice to western media, sitcoms especially.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Not every film or piece of television is nihilistic. That's a vast overstatement. I do understand what you mean in some pieces of it. Rick & Morty has that type of thing going on. But you're painting with a very broad brush.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Watching Smiling Friends, friend.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I still watch movies with friends and family and I play games to just zone out and relax.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    All it taught me is that I'm just an upper midwit who's meager prospects are complicated yet further by a low attention span. I have no desire or respect for the "truth" or really even those who seek it beyond watching them from my digital zoo, and without that anything I write is bound to be just pornography by another name. This could be a cope, I believe it is and I just can't see the lie yet.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      (me)
      I don't know if it'd be more embarassing if this was common sense and it took me so late to learn it or just a convoluted excuse for doing frick all with the path I've set up.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >PUSSY JUST FEELS LIKE A HEAVY PAPER-BACK NOW UGGGGHHHHHHHH

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For a little bit. But there are also some very worthwhile films. I do think literature is the highest among all the arts. But film can be good too.

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I can’t go out with woman anymore as well, I can’t communicate with them anymore, I can’t stand their shallowness. Did this happen to anyone else? Is it just a phase or is it a part of growing up intellectually?
    I'll tell you what anon. In my experience, the only thing that seperates an actual smart person from the average joe or dumbfrick when it comes to media consumption is insight.

    I've seen so many people act enlightened and talk down on other media or works within a specific a media because they've consumed the "classics". Yet, when you ask them what they learned from these classics, what makes them great and what makes other media they look down upon inferior, do you know what they respond with? Completely mind numbing and vapid takes. At best, they'll paraphrase reviews and analysis they've read online.

    An actual smart person can talk about what makes a Kung film work with amazing insight while a pseud can talk about the best of classic cinema and have nothing interesting to say. They're still the same boring people that they were before they consumed all these intellectual.

    Basically, it's not about what you consume but what you have to say about it. Hell, it's about you say in general. Cringe posts like this is more telling of your intellect than any book you claim to have read.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      In the Victorian Era, when they would have parlor meetings, snotty women and gentlemen used to buy and carry around these small booklets, and they'd be titled something like "Glossary of Allusions." They would use these books to either bring up allusions to "great works" in conversation, or, reference them to pretend they understood what someone else was talking about. So none of these people had actually read these works, probably because they didn't care to, but they understood the need to keep up appearances in polite society, and would spend money to carry around a manual on how to be a snobbish fraud.
      Your reply made me think of that. I agree with you btw.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >"Glossary of Allusions"
        Where can I find one of these?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Think for yourself!

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What if I've graduated with highest honors in physics and I still can't harmoniously explain all the theories I've learnt, only solve equations? And the only thing I can say about the classics I like is that they're kino?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Then you are a "honer" instead of an "innovator". Nothing wrong with that, the world needs people that are able to hone knowledge and information from raw innovation. Or you're just a sperg who can regurgitate facts well. Take your pick.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No, because I'm not a pseud.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't see classic literature and commercialized entertainment as being mutually exclusive, unless you're short on time. My experience was that historical context helped me see tropes and cultural forces that were otherwise invisible because I assumed they were the "default" As far a women go, remember that a lot of shallow things have a lot of social utility. In my experience, anyone who is aware of why shallow things have appeal has been a pretty interesting person, even if they prioritized them.

    Sometime I read philosophy and poetry, sometimes I watch fail videos and play clicker games. Sometimes I talk about the nature and origins of language with friends, sometime I roll rocks down a hill and holler when it hits a bush.

    I had an annoying intellectual phase, but it never stopped me from doing things, I just sucked to talk to sometimes. The things are an important sounding board, whatever they are.

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Never happened to me. In fact in a way the opposite happened to me. I think a lot of people can't appreciate the value in simpler things.
    People have this very linear intellectual evolution as if they are just climbing upward and upward constantly looking forward and the things below all fade out into the distance. For me it is more like a collection or a house. I get more things but I don't lose sight of them. They're all right here. I'm not going anywhere just sitting and accumulating.
    I know it sounds derogatory or elitist but I think this is a difference between people who are born smart and those that have to work for it.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I’m almost 30 and after over a decade of studying the classics, philosophy, art, and history, this is how I feel about some medias and things:
      >TV: unwatchable
      >news: don’t give a shit about it now
      >netflix / other streaming services: almost unwatchable
      >shonen anime: can’t enjoy it anymore
      >haibane renmei, mushishi, ghibli movies: very cool but hard to find more stuff like it
      >moomin, tintin, asterix comics: still enjoy these greatly
      >Dostoevsky: lost some of his appeal
      >Wodehouse: super comfy
      >vidya: except for some JRPGs I can’t get myself to play it

      Good post

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Correct

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Hang around people who try too hard to be intellectual and profound, and maybe then you'll rediscover your love for shallow things out of contrarianism.

    It happened to me. Experiencing how obnoxious law, literature and philosophy students are made me avoid intellectual circles entirely, though I ironically ended up reading more, since reading became more personal and less social for me. Without the need to posture as intellectual, I began to enjoy shallow entertainment again.

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Good literature shows you how much depth there is in these ordinary experiences, though. My guess is that you're attracted more to the stamp of authorised profundity borne by literature, than to the way of thinking and feeling it embodies. What's shallow in intimate human contact? What author would subscribe to that notion, who isn't an austere German?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Even here I have to endure racism directed against my people. I just wanted to have a peaceful friday night.

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw literature didn't kill my desire to use IQfy

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You're not a better person for having consumed different types of media.
    >I can’t watch a movie or an anime, I start thinking its story won’t even come close to the greatest classics
    Film is a visual artform and the story is secondary to the imagery and isn't supposed to be comparable to literature, nor could it be. Your post is pure pseud nonsense on the same tier as declaring that you will never again listen to modern music now that you've finally experienced Bach.

    >Is it just a phase
    It's a phase that you should have experienced and grown out of during high school. If you were too moronic to read heavily during your teenage years then by your mid-twenties at the absolute latest.

    >or is it a part of growing up intellectually?
    When you "grow up intellectually" then you stop defining yourself based on your choice of media consumption. If you aren't writing philosophy, creating history, advancing mathematics, etc., then you are a complete nonentity and no different than someone who comes home and plays video games for8 hours straight.

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah being a snob isnt the best for u sweaty

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I enjoy other types of media (especially anime and video game) specifically because I expect them to be shit (with some notable exceptions)

  31. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I cannot for the love of god finish a book. I drop half of the shit I start reading.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      As long as you can finish your TikToks.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        As a matter of fact, IQfy is the only social media I use.

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