13 Guilty Pleasures People Indulge in When No One Is Looking

Guilty pleasures are things you don’t want others to know that you do or would feel shameful to admit. However, you may enjoy them secretly.

Here are some examples of guilty pleasures.

Overeating Junk Food

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Even the healthiest of people may indulge in junk food occasionally.

And in general, most people know that junk food isn’t good for them. They eat it because they like it!

However, they may feel guilt about it because they know it’s not good for their body.

Checking Out Your Ex on Social Media

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You may have dated them 20 years ago and want to see how their life turned out. Or perhaps they are a recent ex, and you want to see who they are dating now.

Keeping up with your ex’s life may not benefit your mental health.

Keeping Up With Local Drama

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I’m going to admit that this is one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

There are two local Facebook groups for my community. One of them has “caring” in the name and the other “nosey”.  Nearly everyday there is some sort of drama post involving people I don’t know.

They can be quite entertaining especially when someone does a “dirty delete” which is when someone deletes their post after receiving negative comments or people not agreeing with them.

I joined the groups to keep an eye out for lost cats, but stuck around for the drama.

Eating Ice Cream From the Container

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I do this sometimes, especially with a pint of ice cream. Sometimes, I may not eat it all, but sometimes I do!

On a hard day, sometimes people find comfort in desserts even though they know they shouldn’t overindulge.


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Talking behind someone’s back is rarely beneficial.

However, many people gossip and enjoy knowing the latest dirt!

Buying More Hobby Supplies

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You may have plenty of yarn on hand already, but you are still buying more!

There are so many hobbies this guilty pleasure fits.

I have no problem buying my cats new toys. My husband will purchase extra glue for his modeling projects.

Playing Phone Games

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Letting an hour pass while playing a phone app game is so easy. And sometimes, that hour turns into an entire afternoon.

You know you could be doing something productive, but games are fun!

And some will spend money on coins or whatever the game’s currency is to advance further. They may feel that their money could be spent better elsewhere.

Binge-Watching Reality Shows

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Sometimes, it’s nice to indulge in a lazy afternoon streaming a reality show.

And it’s even better to have a friend with whom you can talk about the show’s drama with.

And you can multitask other guilty pleasures (ice cream, junk food, phone games) while watching your favorite reality show.

Or, some avoid any evening plans to watch their reality show when it airs live.

Having Fast Food

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You know fast food isn’t a healthy choice, but those chicken nuggets and fries are so good!

While sometimes fast food is chosen for convenience, it may feel like a guilty pleasure when you go to a fast food drive-thru alone for a specific item you want to eat slowly to make the most of every bite.

Playing Video Games for Hours

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Video games can be pretty fun to play. However, you might sometimes spend the entire day gaming on your day off.

It’s easy to lose track of time while enjoying a video game.

Online Shopping Without Buying

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This is another one of my husband’s guilty pleasures. He loves to shop and often adds things to his cart, but he doesn’t buy everything that ends up in his cart.

For some, filling up an online shopping cart may replace window shopping in the physical world.

Taking Quizzes on Social Media

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Does anyone really need to know what type of insect they would be?

Or which Disney princess?

Maybe we all need to find out which Barbie doll we would be!

Having Only Dessert for Dinner

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We know it’s unhealthy, but sometimes it’s fun to only have desserts for dinner.

You may feel bad later, but devouring desserts instead of a well-balanced meal at the time feels fantastic.

No one will know if you eat an entire bag of donut holes.

The Simple Pleasures of Life

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In addition to guilty pleasures, life offers many simple pleasures as well.

Shark Memes

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Sharks can be scary, but also cute!

Generation X Kid Things

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There are things I did as a kid in the 1980s that kids these days don’t do anymore.

Staying Busy When Bored At Work

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When you are bored out of your mind at work, there are things you can do to stay busy!

Fun Fall Activities

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Fall is here! Now is the time to plan your activities.

Author: Heidi Bender

Title: Writer

Expertise: Thank You Notes


Heidi Bender is a writer and author who founded Tons of Thanks. She aims to help people write thank-you notes by providing examples and tips. She is the author of She is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes.