Keeping up with the Kardashians and intelligence — these things are not mutually exclusive.

Aren’t you tired of the rhetoric, which suggests that keeping up with the Kardashians in some way makes you less intelligent or perceptive? Or that religiously watching Pretty Little Liars means that you don’t care about wars happening all over the globe. What about the meaningless assumption that playing a computer game at the age of 20 equates to one being childish?

A couple of months ago, I wrote a comical article about my temporary addiction to the Kim Kardashian game and unsurprisingly, the responses I got were far from pleasant. The first comment recommended that I should “drop out of uni”, while another person told me to re-evaluate my life. However, there was one comment that stood out to me in particular, it referred to me as a “thick bint”. Believe me, I have learned to mentally block out unnecessarily negative comments left by trolls, but what offended me was that this person made an assumption about my intelligence.

Of course, I am no Einstein or Hawking, but I would like to think that I do my best to keep my mind sharp whenever I can. Even if I didn’t, it doesn’t matter. Let’s stop assuming someone’s intelligence on how they may choose to unwind after a stressful day.

Honestly, I love reading cheesy romance novels and watching reality TV as a form of escapism. Some people run or do yoga, while others play computer games. The world that we live in, doesn’t exactly shield us from constant negativity and so sometimes you have to switch the negativity off manually.

I think that if people stopped making assumptions and judgements about what others choose to watch in their spare time, we would be living in a kinder world. It’s time to let people enjoy themselves, why criticise them for doing something that brings them joy?

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