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10 Reasons Why Being Rich Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be, Really!

While wealth can be alluring, it’s crucial to recognize the potential drawbacks and complications before embarking on its pursuit. A user asked on a popular forum, rich people of Reddit, what is the worst thing about being wealthy?

1. The Search For Genuine Friendship

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The desire for authentic connections can be elusive in a world where people may only seek personal gain. 

“People only pretend to like you because they want your money. It’s rare to find someone who likes you for being yourself. It’s almost impossible to have a close relationship with anyone. I want a best friend whom I can mess around with and tell everything and like spending time with. It’s depressing.” a user shared.

2. Assumptions About Spending Habits

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The assumption that wealth equates to lavish spending is a common misconception. 

“People act like you can spend money all the time. Just because I’m wealthy doesn’t mean I like to waste my money on fast food or useless I don’t need.” said one.

“A lot of people don’t understand that being careful with money is the first step towards having lots of money.” said another.

“I tell people rich people don’t stay rich by handing out checks all the time.” another added.

3. Childhood Neglect

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“I come from a relatively upper-middle class family (doctor & professor parents), and the worst part is many people’s assumptions about your life. I had a very dysfunctional childhood with symptoms of physical and emotional neglect from as early as I can remember, but because I had a “posh” accent and my parents were wealthy, nobody picked up on it; even my primary school teachers made jokes about how it was just a “quirky” family. Just because a child is rich and their parents are polite and friendly, doesn’t mean they’re looked after or have a good home life.” shared one.

“Lots of people don’t get how it can be bad from the inside.” another said.

4. Lack Of Privacy

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Wealth often affords the luxury of in-home help, but navigating personal boundaries and comfort dynamics can be challenging. 

“It’s uncomfortable having a maid around. Can’t I eat my cereal without her putting the box back? Jesus Christ, Julie. I might want another bowl, and I’ll return the box when I’m done.” said one.

“When I lived at home, I felt uncomfortable around my parent’s maid, especially when she brought her daughter my age. I would feel like some lazy, entitled brat if they saw me laying around playing games or eating like a pig in front of the TV while they were busy working.” another said.

5. Devaluing Accomplishments

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Individuals from wealthy families may struggle to receive recognition and acknowledgment for their accomplishments, as their privilege and family background may overshadow their achievements in the eyes of others.

“Having people devalue your accomplishments because your parents are rich.” said one.

“I’m not rich, and my parents are. I have more money than you because I don’t spend 150 dollars on weed every week. Get a job.” said another.

6. Misunderstanding Privilege

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Despite experiences of personal responsibility and hard work, individuals from privileged backgrounds may still face assumptions and stereotypes about their success. 

“My brother and I were always taught humility. I had a job from 13 at a restaurant washing dishes and had to save for my first car. Yet people whose parents bought them their cars and never made them work still thought I was more spoiled because we had a bigger house.

The perception that you don’t have to work for anything is infuriating. I have never once in my 28 years had to ask for any financial help from them, and I don’t intend to as long as I can help it.” a Redditor shared.

7. The Illusion Of Perfection

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“The worst part is that everyone thinks your life is perfect. To the rest of the world, your life must be perfect because you’re rich.” one said.

“My dad worked a lot, and I spent most of high school living alone in an apartment off a trust fund because he was never home. Before he and my mom split, I endured years of emotional and sometimes physical abuse. I grew up with epilepsy and horrible acne.” a user shared.

8. When Friends See Dollar Signs

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“I wouldn’t say rich, but I had the most money out of my group of friends, and it was always every weekend the same question “can you get it, bud? I’m starving. Can you get some food for me, bro?” or the classic “Let’s go out and do something tonight.” sometimes I didn’t mind buying food if I was hungry too, but all the time, it gets a little ridiculous how much people will use you for money.” said one.

9. Discrimination In Shopping Experiences

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“All shop owners or whatever sell me everything way overpriced. If I try to bargain, I get a death stare, and if they’re rude enough, they will say that I’m rich and it won’t matter to me if I pay a bit more. That’s not how it works!!!” said one.

10. Family Issues And Stress

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“The unhappiness. With wealth comes problems within families—useless fights over useless things. Stress also comes along with it. Being rich doesn’t band together a family; it separates them. Yeah, it is cool to have nice things, but at what cost? More money, more problems.” a user shared.

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This article was originally published on Mrs. Daaku Studio.