Mom faces backlash after criticizing her daughter’s ‘obsessive’ hobby: ‘I needed to intervene’

A mother is upset that her 22-year-old daughter reads too much. 

She went on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum to explain why she intervened. While the daughter was back home for the holidays, she would read whenever she had any free time. The mother found her daughter’s relationship with books unhealthy. 

“My daughter is 22, she has a steady (but starter) job in her preferred field and rents her own place,” the Reddit poster said. “She works from home and whenever she has breaks at work she reads. She reads before going to sleep. She reads on weekends. She reads on car rides. She spends pretty much all of her free time reading.” 

The mother believed all the reading (of fiction novels) was a distraction from the daughter’s university studies. 

“I’ve told her multiple times to waste less of her time but she always just shrugs it off,” the mother wrote. “She started talking about some fantasy mystery novel she’s reading and how she basically read all of the good fantasy mystery novels in English she could find, so she started reading ones translated from Chinese. I tried not to say anything at first because she was so excited over it and I didn’t wanna ruin her excitement, but then I sorta realized I needed to intervene.”

The mother confronted the daughter who was not receptive at all. 

“People can have unhealthy obsessions with a lot of things, including reading,” one user wrote

“She has a job and goes to school so this is her free time,” another said

“It’s a healthy, educational and fun hobby with zero impact on you,” someone commented

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