283 Bad Habits (The ULTIMATE List of Bad Habits)


What makes something a bad habit?

Well, I feel bad habits have to fit a number of specific requirements:

  • They are repetitive negative behavior patterns.
  • They can be stopped with motivation and will power (unlike a mental condition like Tourrettes).
  • Society takes a dim view of them.
  • The habits break customs, laws, or mores.
  • Many people find the habit annoying, repulsive, or something to be avoided.
  • The habit could negatively affect your health or wellness.
  • The habit keeps someone from being their best.

There is some wiggle room in what is (or isn’t) a bad habit.

For instance, a vegan may view eating non-plant-based food to be a bad habit. They can cite many health reasons why meat is bad, and they can tell you that it is not moral to kill animals.

For a vegan, eating a grilled chicken is a bad habit—but for me, it isn’t.

In the following list of 283 bad habits, I tried to find every bad habit that the majority of society would view as a bad habit. Perhaps 20 years in the future some of these bad habits may seem old fashioned, like showing your ankles in the Victorian Age.  (​Update: ​But if you’d like to build one health habit​, then I’d suggest drinking this healthy green juice to start each day.)

Some practices that didn’t make the list of bad habits, like eating healthier meats, may not have quite enough people who feel that way to make the list.

Bad habits, like picking your nose, are negative repetitive behaviors that do not endear you to anyone.

Bad habits are ultimately decided by a consensus of society, and the views of society change with time.

You have before you what I believe is the ultimate list of bad habits—283 negative actions that you should consider ceasing if you want to live a life of meaning and stay healthy.


Top 10 Habits That Offend Others

I’ll admit it: I could easily name this section “habits that annoy me.” We all have annoying habits we see in other people that particularly bother us.

Since this is my blog, we will start off with my top 10 offensive bad habits. But if you feeling like sharing ones that tick you off, then feel free to add them in the comment section and I’ll grow this section to accommodate those bad habits that YOU hate.

Top 10 Habits That Offend Others

1. Being more than five minutes late for an appointment

2. Picking your nose

3. Overly affectionate public displays of affection (PDA)

4. Picking your teeth in public

5. Overusing slang and “text speak”

6. Checking iPhone/iPad at dinner.

7. Eating with mouth open

8. Having alligator arms (never picking up checks)

9. Popping/snapping gum in public

10. Talking during movies

Bad Habits That Waste Your Time

Like many people, I freely admit to sometimes falling into the trap of these time-wasting bad habits. Spending an hour on a video game or Facebook, or watching a show on Netflix may decrease your productivity, but if it is a source of enjoyment, it is okay sometimes.

The problem with many of these mindless activities is that they are mindless. They waste our time, we lose our sense of time, and we often spend a lot longer on these activities than we realize. The worst part about it is that they can be so mindless that sometimes we do not really get enjoyment from them. They are just wasted time.

So I have nothing against spending an hour on a video game or Facebook, but it’s important to realize the impact on your overall productivity and keep the amount of time spent on these activities to an “acceptable” amount.

Bad Habits That Waste Your Time

11. Twitter

12. Running errands in rush hour

13. Reddit


14. Watching commercials, infomercials, or advertisements

15. Spending time worrying about spam comments, negative reviews, and Internet trolls

16. Facebook addiction

17. Watching reality television

18. Going to the mall or shopping to kill time, not for any specific need

19. Overindulging on Netflix

20. Video games

21. Finishing a book you hate, just to get it done

22. Watching random videos that scroll across your feed about someone’s child or cat

23. Worrying about things that could go wrong

24. Watching an endless stream of YouTube videos

25. Trying to change another person’s opinions

26. Chasing small money, when your business has a bigger vision

27. Reading Buzzfeed and other mindless entertainment

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