Can we please please normalize subtitles? 

Subtitles are:

1. A necessity for deaf people

2. REALLY helpful for those who are partially deaf, have APD (like me and my sister) or any other hearing problem

3. really helpful for those who can’t focus well, especially for those with ADD/ADHD (like me)

4. Is incredibly helpful for people learning a second language, or for bilingual people who can read better than they can hear 

5. Even if you aren’t into learning the language, there are countless amazing foreign movies and songs you really can’t enjoy without subtitles!

6. Can help people (like my sister) who have reading comprehension 

7. Can help when you’re having a party and you don’t want to pause every time someone wants to make a comment/joke

8. Can help when the characters in the show have a heavy accent (especially in period shows) 

9. Let’s be honest subtitles can really add to the humor of the show! (”sobs mathematically”, “screeches loudly”, “angrily fixes bowtie”)

10. Can let people watch content without headphones, or in areas of loud noises. 

11. Alternatively, If someone has sensitive hearing or is triggered by loud noises, they can turn the volume down low and still be able to enjoy the content

12. The last bit is VERY true for movies where they switch between soft speaking and LOUD BOOMING NOISES (I’m looking at you hunger games)

13. Very good for helping young kids recognize and associate words and learn to read faster!

14. Really good when you’re eating chips/crunchy candy and can’t hear the movie


I can’t even tell you how many of my friends made fun of me for needing subtitles, to the point of where I just don’t bother with them anymore. Asking for subtitles at an event is the scariest thing I can imagine. People often complain that it “gets in the way” of their movie. Watching shows (especially in loud areas or with people who talk a lot) is incredibly frustrating for me. People often think I’m stupid for not understanding a show or needing to rewind when someone talks. Most Youtube users don’t bother to create subtitles for their videos (and auto-generated subtitles are crap). I just wish people were nicer to people who need subtitles, and that they were more accessible on other platforms. 


  • always turn on subtitles
  • have been made fun of for turning on subtitles
  • absolutely DGAF
  • have continued always turning on subtitles

(disclaimer: my IDGAF is emphatically not a judgment of OP for giving a fuck. It should be a moot point whether a person gives a fuck about being made fun of for using subtitles, because people should not be making fun of anyone for that. Let people have subtitles and don’t be jerks is the takeaway point here)

I turn on subtitles whenever possible. My parents thought it odd for a while, but have themselves converted to doing so, at least when they’re watching movies.

My hearing, in and of itself, is fine, but my ability to process speech into words goes to shit real fast if there’s too many distinct conversations or too much other noise going on around me – as anyone who’s seen me at a munch or a party might occasionally notice – so I appreciate having the text to go with the sound and totally support normalizing them as a regular thing to have and use.

I miss less with subtitles