Why don’t people cook this day in age?

Aren’t people aware that if you cook with fresh ingredients instead of going to McDonald’s or Taco Bell is better for you? And with practice will taste a thousand times better? Seriously why are young adults so lazy?
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A study shows that people who exercise and live healthier life styles make way more money that people who don’t. On average of course. That’s not to say that there’s fat dudes in their 40s or 50s aren’t making big bucks. But times are changing. You need to be full of energy and competitive to survive in today’s world

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  • People are aware of the benefits of cooking, but Take out and fast food is just more convenient.
    Young adults typically live alone for a bit once they’re out in the world. Not everyone knows how to cook great meals and not everyone has the time to learn. Young adults are either in college or working... sometimes both. Ramen and Taco Bell may not be the healthiest but it’s fast, available, and (relatively) cheap. I’m a young adult, fortunate enough to not have those problems. But not everyone is me.

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  • People don't have time because of work and busy life styles. Theses days people are working all hours of the day and night but back a couple years ago we didn't have this issue because most worked normal 9 to 5 hours but the big businesses are trying too hard to compete with each other and getting greedy so they want their staff to work stupid hours for shit money so they can get more work out quicker rather than treating the staff like real human beings and letting them have a normal lifestyle we're their able make dinner for themselves and loved ones and place their cooking knowledge down to the younger generations

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  • It's not just eating out. There has been a massive change in our culture in regards to cooking. From the dawn of time, the world over has always been a society that used to depend on and cook for ourselves (for that's all we had). But now there are literally thousands of prepared foods at our fingertips whenever we go to the grocery store.

    People are now choosing prepared foods for convenience over taste and quality for their meals. This epidemic has now become so normalized it's become generational. It never used to be like that years ago when everything at the grocery store was (mostly) fresh, individual ingredients you bought to create your own meal.

    With the busier lives many people live today, a lot of people have chosen prepared meals or eating out instead of cooking for themselves. It's a shame. Sadly, cooking is becoming a dying art form. An art form that not only allows you to eat much better quality food and live a healthier life, but to also save (a lot of) money and learn important life skills like patience, self-reliance and dedication towards yourself.

    Sadly, this dying art form is exactly what big food companies want. This didn't happen because we asked for it, it was designed by big corp for us to buy into it. Make no mistake. They are only trying to get you on the prepared food treadmill for life. Once you're hooked, they get to sell products to you and make money off of you forever. That's why there are literally aisles upon aisles of freezers and fridges for prepared foods at the grocery store today. Let alone all the rest in all the other aisles. Cooking for yourself is not just a matter of health, economics and self-reliance, but also a choice of whether or not you want to buy into big business's plan to make money off you for life.

    Every choice we make is just that: a choice. I choose to prepare my own meals. It's what I grew up with and it is what I was taught growing up (thanks so much, mom!). I get to eat meals that are delicious, prepared fresh by me, I know what goes into them, how sanitary it was prepared, I save money and it tastes the way I want it to. Every time. After all, to have a real meal like your mom or grandma used to make, if you're not going to learn to make it for yourself, who the heck will? It's up to YOU and the choice is yours. 😉

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  • If cooking and getting fast food/cooking a frozen meal in the oven/microwave took the same amount of time, people without a doubt will likely prefer to cook a meal at home since it's the healthier alternative as you stated! One of the biggest problems here is that time is not of the essence for a lot of people, especially those who work long hours throughout the week. The other issue is that cooking requires preparation, cleaning and patience which a lot of people aren't either motivated to do or are purely lazy wanting instant gratification like eating a frozen meal or going out to eat. You'd think people would cook more often because it's a lot cheaper in the long run than ordering out/purchasing frozen products all the time but so many of them prefer to invest their time in something else like video games, sleeping, watching tv, doing their hobbies and such.

    It probably doesn't help that these fast food restaurants and other frozen meals are so heavily advertised because they are taking advantage of how convenient it is to order food from them without spending an excessive amount of time doing the unnecessary work that could be avoided by just ordering from them (Instead of washing dishes, you throw the bag/case out. Instead of preparing the meal beforehand, the meal is already made for you. You get the picture!). I wish people were more motivated to cook and I'm glad a lot of people here are doing so already but with a generation that's getting lazier and unmotivated by the day, it's difficult to get them inspired to create new recipes, let alone anything that requires too much work.

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      Do it! I've never once heard of anyone who didn't like to have a cook around whether if they were simply friends, family member or a significant other! It's also a fun way to spend time together if you both want to try out new recipes together!

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  • Because of four reasons:

    1) Cooking takes practice to make it taste decent, and well, there are lots of lazy people who don't want to learn how.
    2) People have busy lives and not enough 'time' to cook (personally think this one is BS since you can meal prep for the week)
    3) Similar to 2, Mcdonalds or taco bell is convenient for them to grab on their way home from wherever.
    And 4) Some people (me included) just don't enjoy cooking.

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    • such a detailed answers (kudos xD)

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    • @Atterlonglongtime haha, not every time, i have my moments tho. and I wouldn't say I have an attachment to cooking, more of a mutual agreement that we both hate each other xD

    • @Clo917 lulz true that

      Though leaving this (don't want to disturb op too much with these many notification)

      Though long live xD

  • I think its because some people don't know how to cook or their parents don't teach them how to cook - my friend learned how to cook on her own because her parents were too selfish to each her how to cook - my other friend never learned how to cook - and would eat out for breakfast lunch and dinner

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  • What do you mean why don't people cook? At least here most people do cook. Going out to eat or ordering take-out is a luxury. It's expensive. People are taught how to cook in school for a reason.

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  • People all work a lot now. I think that has a lot to do with it. Plus we push so much processed food on people in the US. People also don't learn to cook the way we used to.

    I feel very fortunate to have been taught to cook.

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  • My brother and sister dont cook because we didn't have parents to teach us, and when they get home from work they're too exhausted to put in the effort. I personally was born to be a wife/mum, as I'm always making sure the house is clean/tidy, I always accidently cook meals large enough to feed a village, and I'm super good at saving up and budgeting. But I guess thats because im the oldest sibling, and I've had to learn all that stuff that our parents should have done/taught us.

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    • Luckily, my mom taught me to cook and got me involved in the kitchen at a young age. I believe cooking is a very important life skill to have, no matter who you are. I applaud your initiative to learn to cook for a better life for you and your family. 👍

  • I cook, it helps that im a qualified chef though lol

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  • We cheated on healthy and cooked wings for LA rams game

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  • Because this world is making us lazy!!! That’s why you see a lot of fat people , they rather have it easy by buying 🥘 food. It’s sad but that’s how it is

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  • Some people have lifestyles that simply don’t allow them time to cook as much as they should.

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  • I never eat in a restaurant. I make large batches of things and eat those for a while, so I technically cook for myself. Not every day.

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  • I enjoy cooking rather than buying something precooked. I mean I eat out every now then but I’d rather eat something fresh

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  • I cook. I don’t know why other people don’t. It’s fun. It’s a great way to wind down at the end of the day.

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    • Exactly. I personally love it enough to make a career out of it. It won’t make me rich but I won’t hate going to work everyday

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    • I never asked you if you wanted to make a career out of it. Not everything is about you.

    • I apologize. I was making an attempt at discussion. How would you have preferred I respond?

  • Both my fiancé and I are pretty damn good cooks, and share the cooking duties daily.

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  • i do , cook for my grandma and myself and she cooks for me and her and her boyfriend but its rare maybe if we are out all day we grab a quick bite a a fast food restaurant or pizza place

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  • I cook. I don't know why people don't.
    But yea as you said they are lazy.

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  • Because we are lazy. I can cook but i hate doing it.

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    • Marrying a female chef may sound great most of the chefs I know don't bother cooking at home because they are tired of doing it all day.

  • My family cooks all the time, but mostly everything has meat in it. 😑

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  • I like to cook but my family is not into my cooking.

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  • I cook

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    • @pitzi Somehow I just knew you did. Woman's intuition perhaps!

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    • @pitzi As the saying goes "Practice Makes Perfect".

    • we should marry 😁😁

  • all i can cook is tacos and waffles

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  • I cook a lot actually

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  • Laziness and lack of basic skills.

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  • I cook a lot. I only eat out once or twice a week.

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  • Some people prefer easy and fast food

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  • Cause it’s more fun to go out.

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  • i dont know

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  • Damn is it me or are you actually getting more attractive. Your lips look normal sized now. Fackkkkk 😜

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  • I always cool. I love cooking!

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    • *cook lmao😂

What Guys Said 52

  • Both my wife and I can cook a wide variety of things. It's actually one of my hobbies. But during the week I often work late and when that happens, I don't really feel like cooking so I usually pick something up to eat. Luckily I live in a place where fast food is not very popular so the take out is usually a little higher quality than McDonald's or Taco Bell.

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  • Because I don't think it is worth the time investment, I don't want to spend 30 minutes to an hour cooking something when I can toss an instant meal in the microwave and have it in 5. I'm a busy man and do t have time for cooking.

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  • People are so obsessed with doing everything faster, so like faster phones faster internet faster everything, so they find the quickest way to get food is to get carryout or drive through or microwavable food and that's what we normally go with. Though, not everyone is like this.

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  • Umm I do. Don't assume all. I hate cheesy and greasy food. But my food aren't fresh though but still a homemade which is still healthier. I cut vegetables, marinate the meat and prepare ingredients that is good for like 3 days every 3 days or when i have nothing to do or sometimes i just buy fresh meat and i marinate them on the spot and all i have to do is heat it up. Alacarte style. Time-saving and homemade.

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  • Laziness or busyness. Some people are so busy they don't feel like they have the time to cook eat and clean up so they go with a quicker option. This is the result of people working longer and harder more often ever. In other cases though it is just laziness.

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  • Convenience became addictive as companies realized they could charge more for instant meals. Cooking is also looked upon as behind the times or out dated.
    People began working two and three jobs because wages went down after the 60's and the industrial boom. They started cooking less and less. Cooking also became a thing of the past as marriages started to deteriorate in this country. People don't want to spend the time anymore

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  • I love to cook but when you begin... you realize how much time a simplr dish consumes, maybe some people just don't have enough time to spare, but i will never exchange home made food for fast food only because of that taste, restaurant will never do the same even with the same ingredients

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  • I cook every Friday and Saturday. My wife cooks the rest of the time. It's cheaper and healthier to cook at home. My philosophy is why pay someone to do something you can easily do yourself

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  • Fast food is cheap and very flavorful. Good flavor? Not so much. Just lots of it. Its faster than buying groceries, storing them, preparing, cooking, and cleanup. I see the appeal of paying someone else to do all of it for you.

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    • With good ingredients and good cooking skills, which are pretty much necessary as an adult, you’ll have enough energy to do all that work and complete your daily task.

  • I enjoy to cook. I think its just the commercialism. Its about making money for the big greasy-spoon outlets. Youngsters always take the easy way out. They are even too lazy to type out full sentences in messages.

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  • I don't know if lazy is the right term. But a lack of desire to do things is certainly in play. Lots of gals do cook. Of course they ghet taken pretty quick.

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  • It's the combination between not people possibly not knowing how to cook and that sometimes better ingredients can be way more expensive. I personally try to cook at least 6 days a week because I like doing it, but I can see the argument.

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  • It's sometimes just quicker to stop and get something than it is to go buy all of the ingredients and make it yourself

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  • I cook sometimes. I think it's fun actually. I guess a lot of people don't do it because of how much stress people are under in the modern world.

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  • i cook at home all the time, it is also a lot cheaper buying fresh ingredients to cook at home than to order take out or fast food.

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  • Laziness. I mean preparing and cooking take a while. But I do think it's worth it, in fact, I got into cooking because I wanted to lead a healthier lifestyle

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  • Because cooking is time consuming and time is money and above all else people are stupid enough to believe in capitalism saying that more money will make them happy.

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  • Ooo wow. I am a good cook, and I even know to make cakes, but man do you know how much I work? From 7 am to 20pm and sometimes I work from 7 am to 4 am and I get to sleep only 3 hours. In between I have max of 2 hours to rest. When the fuck do I find 3 hours to make myself a meal?

    Some people like they are fell from a moon. The fastest thing I can do is to buy small remote oven, which I did and then just throw in veggies and meat on paper for baking and wait for 30 min and then I have 30 min to eat. Then next 30 min I spend exercizing and 30 min resting. And that is my 2 hours free of work I get.

    Get a job man and stop writting stuppid things. :D

    As you can ses I finished working for today and I am pretty edgy now. :D

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  • The mindset of time is money. Also more bosses give their employees the idea they are quickly replaced. So they spend the extra time at work and not at home.

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  • Laziness or people are just busy and can’t find the patience or time to cook

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  • Well I do cook. McDonald's uh naah I do like it but then you know cooked food has a special taste after all the hard work... and I enjoy it too... lol

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  • Maybe they don't wanna spend that much time at home, since a lot of them still live with their parents. Or they just want instant gratification.

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  • Everyone I know cooks.. but then we don't live in USA

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  • They don't have time, lack the will power, or the skill.

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  • Wtf? Just made my own lunch/dinner today like 4 hours ago...

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  • My family rarely goes out to eat and I'm glad I've learned a bit of cooking skills cause it seems everyone else just orders crap food

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  • They're too lazy. They want instant meager gratification, than actually waiting for a good home made meal.

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  • Im a very good cook, but sometimes I don't want to take the time. I made gumbo for dinner on Sunday and just ate the last of it for lunch today.

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  • Girls like a male chef dude, if you cook for her you'll definitely get her in bed

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  • i cook pizza sometimes its cool but takes time tbh but still worth it i guess

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