People love to give advice, whether it’s asked for or not. Depending on who is giving it and how much you actually want advice, whether or not you’re going to take the advice can depend on the day.

That said, most of us know when we hear tips and tricks that are just total crap, and these 17 pieces of advice rang these people’s bs meters super loud.

17. Distinctly unhelpful.

Me: I’m depressed and struggling with low sex drive Therapist: Haha I have the opposite problem! But have you tried watching a romcom? They always gets me in the mood.

This is a direct quote

I am much better now and I found a different therapist! Turns out being bisexual and growing up Mormon made me really repressed sexually- the therapist was Mormon so that didn’t help. She was licensed and told me she had special training specifically in sex therapy. Ive found an ex Mormon therapist who thankfully undid the damage!

16. That was spectacularly wrong.

“Don’t study computer programming. The market is probably going to be saturated by the time you graduate.”

From a computer science professor in the mid-80s.

15. Turned out to be a little shortsighted.

Invest in DVDs because you can pawn them for cash when you need money.

14. It’s pretty appalling.

My husband needed a medical card after his heart failure from viral cardiomyopathy.

The social worker told me I should get pregnant so we would qualify for help with his medical costs. I was 24 and lived in Ohio.

I was horrified. She listed all the “help” we could get if I could get pregnant. He was in an ICU ward recovering from heart surgery. I walked out of there just disgusted

13. He probably wasn’t.

“Just find a girl you don’t like. Once you get married you’ll just hate her anyways.”

God, I hope he was joking.

12. Parents don’t always know best.

At 24, while making $12 an hour and renting an apartment my parents convinced me to buy a brand new Honda Accord. They assured me it was the ONLY WAY to get a new car and that used ones broke down immediately.

The payments were one entire paycheck of the two I got every month.

11. I hate this advice.

“Turn the other cheek, you’ll have the moral high ground”. – My father when I told him about how I was being badly bullied.

Thanks dad, for making my school days an even bigger ordeal than they already were.

10. That’s not stupid.

In my early 20s, my stepdad encouraged us (us = Me, Sister and Brother) to max out our credit cards. Then file bankruptcy. My sister did it. My brother did it. I didn’t.

He insulted me for years, for being stupid.

9. How would that even help?

Was told by a sailor of 5 decades that the best way to get rid of a sunburn is to take the hottest shower possible.

Not only did that cause immeasurable pain, but didn’t help in the slightest.

8. Details, details.

Invest in brother-in-law’s bar. Thanks Dad. Bye bye 30k and bye bye bar.

Did not know I’d be working along side an illiterate buffoon.

7. I think dad knew that.

“If you go work somewhere else no one will pay you as much as me.”

-my dad

I’m currently making twice as much plus benefits

6. Welcome to healthcare in the States.

From my father: don’t go to the doctor’s office if you only have one problem. Wait until you have four or five; that’s how you get the most bang for your buck

5. Definitely not normal.

Not me but I remember reading a thread about a man who told his girlfriend everyday that she stinks. She washed two or three times daily, tried everything she could to get rid of this smell.

Until she cracked and started screaming at him asking wtf was he smelling. Apparently his father told him “tell a woman she smells everyday and she’ll be constantly clean.” He just took that as normal good advice to live by.

4. That’s a relief.

My dad said to quit studying that IT stuff, if you want to be a network engineer or whatever go to the company, find the boss and ask to work as a janitor, than you can work your way up.

Thankfully I did not listen.

3. Do not try this at home.

“As a temporary measure, it’s ok to insert a copper penny into a screw-in fuse box circuit until replacement fuses can be obtained.”

That dangerous “advice” almost caused a house fire due to an overheating circuit.

2. Depends on the family, depends on the friends.

“Family over friends, because friends won’t always be there for you, family will.”

Fat load of crap that was.

1. That’s not how this works.

‘If you actually cared about being organised you wouldn’t have ‘ADHD’’

Who the hell thinks that way?

Although in all fairness, I realized I needed glasses at age 8 when I couldn’t see the board, and my teacher accused me of lying, so probably a bunch of people…

Yeah, I don’t think I would be following any of this.

What’s the worst advice you’ve received? Share it with us in the comments!