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    I'm a teen and I still like to watch cartoons. Is it normal?

    I'm not sure where to post this, so I chose a topic-less forum like General Chat.

    I first asked this on Quora, but nobody gave a shit.

    My story:

    Introduction: I'm a 17-years-old teen that tends to give a shit about what others think of me. Sometimes I wonder if I'm a normal guy (or not).

    1 month ago (July 2018): I and my cousin were deciding what to do, he suggested we could watch some TV, I didn't have better ideas so I accepted his suggestion, I used to choose the channel we would watch, but that day was my cousin's birthday so I let him to choose the channel, so he chose Cartoon Network. Sincerely I was never interested in CN, I barely watched that channel. My cousin is actually 18 and it seems he still watches cartoons, he likes Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Gumball, etc.

    When he turned the TV on and switched to CN, Regular Show was about to start, we were watching some episodes, the plot was interesting, the show was entertaining. It was the first time I've watched a CN show, after watching some TV with him, the first thing I thought was 'meh', I wasn't interested enough.
    When I went back to home, I did something very unusual, instead of using my PC, I turned on my Smart TV and switched the channel to CN only to watch more Regular Show.
    It seems I was gaining more interest about CN shows, but I haven't noticed that yet.

    This was unexpected:
    A week later, I've become a big fan of Regular Show, I've bought some RS-themed T-shirts, I've changed my PC and phone default wallpapers, and I've even made some fan-art. This does not end here: I've downloaded some episodes to watch RS on the go and I've even downloaded some mobile games both free and paid. In a nutshell: Regular Show became my #1 favorite show.
    I also watched other CN shows, but I preferred Regular Show over the rest of the CN shows.

    When I realized I wasn't the same, I said to myself "What's happening to me? Is there something wrong with me? Am I weird? Am I childish? Have I become like my cousin?".
    Instead of telling about my situation to my parents, I was looking for answers online, I've asked on Quora, but nobody gave a shit, I hope you guys give some useful answers.

    Since then I was wondering: Am I childish? Is this normal?
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    You’re overthinking a lot of stuff. You don’t need to be so hard on yourself but I get it. Remember most people are too involved in their own lives to worry about others. There is absolutely nothing wrong with watching cartoons at any age.

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    The pioneers of cartoon films and the creators of motion-picture and television producers were and are “old” people.
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    There are plenty of adults who like 'childish' stuff like cartoons. You're only feelings self-conscious about it because you're relatively young. Teenagers fret way more about being 'not a child anymore' than adults do. Plenty of adults read children's books, have cuddly toys, kawaii stuff etc and they don't worry about it because they don't have that desperate need to be different from children.

    Plus, a lot of cartoons aren't even suitable for children (too much violence etc.) and they're just seen as 'for children' because people have these stereotypical preconceptions and don't bother to check the content.
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    I remember a time I thought cartoons were beneath my early teen dignity. I also thought comic books were not seriously meant to be read.

    My mother correctly said I would return to appreciating cartoons.

    My 22yo son enjoys Japanese anime so along with sitting through animations with him as a child I now sometimes watch these oriental films.

    You have probably noticed that you are aware of various aspects beyond the story lines now you are older.

    Seems to me you can thank your cousin for piquing your interest.

    There are plenty of negative events in both entertainment and reality. I'd suggest you enjoy this hobby as much as you want.
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    I'm 22 and still watch anime (Japanese cartoons) and ship a lot of anime characters and even fangirl so hard over my OTPs. I have a tumblr dedicated to Sasuke and Sakura (that Naruto couple). I write fanfiction for them and for other OTPs. I would still buy any anime stuff I find.
     
    My friends actually wonder whether it's this obsession over fictional characters that keeps me from seriously dating anyone.


    Don't fret. You do you.
    It's not indicative of your emotional maturity.
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    There's nothing wrong with that at all. Some cartoons are legit entertaining shows regardless of your age. There are huge fandom communities of adults on the internet around certain cartoons, let's not forget about the MLP fandom a few years back, those guys were crazy in love with it.

    Also if it makes you feel better my 52-year old stepdad enjoys Hannah Montana and iCarly.
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    I'm actually watching Spongebob right now.

    Regular Show is probably more on the "adult-side" of cartoons anyway.

    My friend is I think 24 years old and he liked Avatar The Last Airbender. Maybe because it is a great show with interesting characters and a good plot. The summer before I went to college, I watched The Legend of Korra, the entire series then I watched Avatar and then I watched Korra again because I liked it so much.

    I also watching Futurama today and it was probably the funniest episode I've seen of the show. The robot mafia episode when bender joins them and ends up attacking the Planet Express ship. That entire episode was full of perfectly timed lines. The mafia shoots a robot to death with a machine gun, then the boss just says, "Let that be a warning for you." Later on in the episode, he hands a barrel of gasoline to one mobster and says "Burn the ship" and the hands another one to the other mobster and says "Burn the crew." I love the timing of this show, and the fact that it doesn't ever break the fourth wall. They say these hilarious things with great timing, but there is no pause for a laugh track, the characters are not swayed at all any of the funny things that are being said. I always saw Futurama as the most "intelligent" in that it isn't funny because it's stupid or because it gets in your face. It's funny because it throws you off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCheatGamer View Post
    I'm not sure where to post this, so I chose a topic-less forum like General Chat.

    I first asked this on Quora, but nobody gave a shit.

    My story:

    Introduction: I'm a 17-years-old teen that tends to give a shit about what others think of me. Sometimes I wonder if I'm a normal guy (or not).

    1 month ago (July 2018): I and my cousin were deciding what to do, he suggested we could watch some TV, I didn't have better ideas so I accepted his suggestion, I used to choose the channel we would watch, but that day was my cousin's birthday so I let him to choose the channel, so he chose Cartoon Network. Sincerely I was never interested in CN, I barely watched that channel. My cousin is actually 18 and it seems he still watches cartoons, he likes Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Gumball, etc.

    When he turned the TV on and switched to CN, Regular Show was about to start, we were watching some episodes, the plot was interesting, the show was entertaining. It was the first time I've watched a CN show, after watching some TV with him, the first thing I thought was 'meh', I wasn't interested enough.
    When I went back to home, I did something very unusual, instead of using my PC, I turned on my Smart TV and switched the channel to CN only to watch more Regular Show.
    It seems I was gaining more interest about CN shows, but I haven't noticed that yet.

    This was unexpected:
    A week later, I've become a big fan of Regular Show, I've bought some RS-themed T-shirts, I've changed my PC and phone default wallpapers, and I've even made some fan-art. This does not end here: I've downloaded some episodes to watch RS on the go and I've even downloaded some mobile games both free and paid. In a nutshell: Regular Show became my #1 favorite show.
    I also watched other CN shows, but I preferred Regular Show over the rest of the CN shows.

    When I realized I wasn't the same, I said to myself "What's happening to me? Is there something wrong with me? Am I weird? Am I childish? Have I become like my cousin?".
    Instead of telling about my situation to my parents, I was looking for answers online, I've asked on Quora, but nobody gave a shit, I hope you guys give some useful answers.

    Since then I was wondering: Am I childish? Is this normal?
    doesnt matter if its normal. it DOES matter if you like it or not thats it.

    do what you want in your life, man.... so long as it doesnt hurt others of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCheatGamer View Post
    I'm not sure where to post this, so I chose a topic-less forum like General Chat.

    I first asked this on Quora, but nobody gave a shit.

    My story:

    Introduction: I'm a 17-years-old teen that tends to give a shit about what others think of me. Sometimes I wonder if I'm a normal guy (or not).

    1 month ago (July 2018): I and my cousin were deciding what to do, he suggested we could watch some TV, I didn't have better ideas so I accepted his suggestion, I used to choose the channel we would watch, but that day was my cousin's birthday so I let him to choose the channel, so he chose Cartoon Network. Sincerely I was never interested in CN, I barely watched that channel. My cousin is actually 18 and it seems he still watches cartoons, he likes Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Gumball, etc.

    When he turned the TV on and switched to CN, Regular Show was about to start, we were watching some episodes, the plot was interesting, the show was entertaining. It was the first time I've watched a CN show, after watching some TV with him, the first thing I thought was 'meh', I wasn't interested enough.
    When I went back to home, I did something very unusual, instead of using my PC, I turned on my Smart TV and switched the channel to CN only to watch more Regular Show.
    It seems I was gaining more interest about CN shows, but I haven't noticed that yet.

    This was unexpected:
    A week later, I've become a big fan of Regular Show, I've bought some RS-themed T-shirts, I've changed my PC and phone default wallpapers, and I've even made some fan-art. This does not end here: I've downloaded some episodes to watch RS on the go and I've even downloaded some mobile games both free and paid. In a nutshell: Regular Show became my #1 favorite show.
    I also watched other CN shows, but I preferred Regular Show over the rest of the CN shows.

    When I realized I wasn't the same, I said to myself "What's happening to me? Is there something wrong with me? Am I weird? Am I childish? Have I become like my cousin?".
    Instead of telling about my situation to my parents, I was looking for answers online, I've asked on Quora, but nobody gave a shit, I hope you guys give some useful answers.

    Since then I was wondering: Am I childish? Is this normal?
    Normal is relative and watching cartoons isn't childish. I think you overthink things and have obsessive impulses. When you go all in, it's neck deep.


     
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