The sites one chooses to hate-read are a matter, of course, of personal preference — but the internet, with its infinite depths, has something for everyone to hate-read. Herewith, some entry-level options; not all are loathsome, but there's a little something for everyone.
Related: The Art of Hate-Reading
Gwyneth Paltrow's weekly newsletters — all of which are available on the site — are a reliable source for more than a few eye-rolls. Offerings include her favorite cleanses (try the Goop-branded one!), personal fashion advice for the 0.5%, and luxurious recommendations for your next trip to Marrakesh. (And, to be fair, there's also the occasional well-meaning rumination from the likes of her buddy Deepak Chopra.)
Generally speaking, to read is to indulge a fascination with the celebrity macabre.
Where city moms go to debate the merits of one expensive private school over another, lament impoverished $700,000 household incomes, and generally judge the shit out of everything. Oh, and fight about co-sleeping! And breastfeeding!
Take a bro. Now make him a worst-case-scenario bro. Now give him a laptop and an online men's mag where he might write articles on dealing with overweight girlfriends, and you've got the brains behind this bad boy. Trollity troll troll troll.
This may be obvious, but how deeply have you truly, deeply dived into the abyss of your friends of friends? Take some time to explore, clicking your way down the rabbit hole, and you'll find someone new to hate-read in no time.
Sparking online ire and fascination (these are not mutually exclusive) is xoJane, primarily because of its propensity to publish confessionals that make internet ladies get mad. This includes the work of health editor Cat Marnell and her now-infamous ramble on the merits of Plan B as birth control and, more recently, writer Jennifer Lemons' chilling story about her sexually-active years of herpes-denial.
Thought Catalog is a like an internet Flea Market, and they publish a wide range of content from a variety of contributors of varying quality. This means you'll inevitably find something bad enough to make you feel better about yourself.
The Cute Overload of ladybusiness and ladyblogs, Hello Giggles is a HTML toothache, the manic pixie dream girl — as played by Zooey Deschanel, one of the site's founders — of websites. It doesn't do anything wrong, per se, but give yourself an hour of reading and you'll want to shroud yourself in black just for psychological balance.
The original asshole-and-proud-of-it dude-bro site, which lead to a bestselling book and serious profits for its eponymous founder. This is a good site for frustrated weeping.
In certain circles, the work of self-promoter Julia Allison is the O.G. of hate-reads. Allison's "industry" has been herself, banking on the public's interest in the random details of her life, comings and goings that can range from shopping to riding lots of planes to her love life with unnamed dudes (until May, one of those dudes happened to be John McCain's son). Nonsociety is her lifecast site, where you can keep track of her every banal movement and marvel at the sincerity with which she promotes herself.
Like Facebook, Twitter may be obvious — perhaps you hate-read your ex's feed. But have you read the feeds of people to whom he or she publicly replies? More, more, more.
Oh, come on. We know why you're here.