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People Who Dont Understand The Hobby

Tarantulabas1993

Active Member
Hello Everyone,

I dont have any photos this time but wanted to hit a serious note. Since I started the hobby I've had people love it and some that hated it. I've had people criticize my enclosures or my way of doing things that make me happy in the hobby. Send me some stories of your own if you want or encouragement. Thanks so much!
 

m0lsx

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Tarantula Club Member
Other hobbies are no different. I was introduced to amateur (ham) radio when I was at school back in about 1975 & have been playing with radios ever since. I am also a keen amateur magician & they are no different.

On one magic forum if you don't worship at the feet of the right professionals who use their site & recommend their work, then expect to be banned.

In amateur radio, contesters will whistle & talk over the top of you, to gain a frequency that you are using. A few years ago I was operating a station for a big Scout Jamboree & had been using a frequency all day, so it had been logged online several times & was thus busy. Then at 5pm when a contest started, I found myself battling a idiot whistling on the frequency I was using to make it unusable for me. And at a club level it can be difficult to get support for parts of the hobby, the majority of the committee do not participate in. And if like me you have a pirate radio broadcasting background, certain elements are not at all happy.
 

T-Baby

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It doesn’t bother me but I’ve been called weird, strange and a freak for liking/loving/keeping Tarantulas but the one thing that really annoys me is when people say they’d kill it.
‘How can you like something that’s so ugly’
‘If I saw that thing in my house I’d kill it’

Luckily for us in the UK we don’t get wild Tarantula’s so they’re safe in that respect.
However a few years back someone did dump a Geniculata and the tank in a dustbin at a park, it smashed and got out.
 

PanzoN88

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There are always going to be those who don't understand the hobby, you just have to ignore those who don't understand. As far as enclosure criticism, if they have no knowledge on the subject then that is where you come in with the knowledge. Hobbies in general are indeed the same when it comes to lack of understanding from those on the outside.
 

Enn49

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I had the same when I had a lot of snakes but I usually find that if you talk to these people they are quite interested and begin to see them in a different light.
 
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I had the same when I had a lot of snakes but I usually find that if you talk to these people they are quite interested and begin to see them in a different light.
This has been my experience. I'm pretty obsessed so anyone in my circle knows that they will hear about it frequently. I've seen people that run away from spiders at first that now go and look at them with no problem.



It doesn’t bother me but I’ve been called weird, strange and a freak for liking/loving/keeping Tarantulas but the one thing that really annoys me is when people say they’d kill it.
‘How can you like something that’s so ugly’
‘If I saw that thing in my house I’d kill it’

Luckily for us in the UK we don’t get wild Tarantula’s so they’re safe in that respect.
However a few years back someone did dump a Geniculata and the tank in a dustbin at a park, it smashed and got out.
I can't stand those people! I usually just reciprocate and say "I don't like dogs so..." or "I don't like kids...." . They don't like that because their dog or kids are important to them. And then they clue into the fact that inverts are important to some people :)
 

JayManges

Active Member
Hello Everyone,

I dont have any photos this time but wanted to hit a serious note. Since I started the hobby I've had people love it and some that hated it. I've had people criticize my enclosures or my way of doing things that make me happy in the hobby. Send me some stories of your own if you want or encouragement. Thanks so much!
You also find a lot of the same attitude in online forums. You ask a simple question or for constructive criticism and all of a sudden you get flamed from some self-perceived know it all with anger issues for whatever it was you did wrong. "Your enclosure needs to taller than it is wide. OMG! You're going to kill your Avic!" Then there is the thinly veiled warning, "Someday......…" Now I don't have a problem with constructive criticism or advice, that's why a lot of us come here. However, there is no need to be rude or condescending about it. That behavior makes you a troll not an expert.
 

Soulman

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it's better than smoking,or maybe you smoke.or you could say I bet you smoke?and maybe they have children.
 

Soulman

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There are always going to be those who don't understand the hobby, you just have to ignore those who don't understand. As far as enclosure criticism, if they have no knowledge on the subject then that is where you come in with the knowledge. Hobbies in general are indeed the same when it comes to lack of understanding from those on the outside.
I understand maybe we all need a hobby,I've been told I don't understand.it can get out off control.if you have more than one hobby maybe, it helps not one taking over than the other.
 

Jess S

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When I got my first t I was so excited I mentioned it to work colleagues, friends etc. The reaction I got made me realise most people hate spiders.
I don't mention it to anyone outside the hobby now as the majority of people are disgusted and don't get it.
I did have a lovely experience at the beginning of this month when a utility lady came into my property, was shocked when she noticed my T's then got so fascinated she stayed for an extra 45 mins looking and talking. When she left we were best mates lol
You'll get miserable people on the forums just like in real life. If it happens to me, it winds me up for 5mins then I shrug it off.
 

Lawrence b

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3 Year Member
The Hobby is what we make it , there is a lot of hate out there for exotics pets . But it doesn t make poeple less of a person if they dont agree , they just need educating . A lot misconception are through myths and maybe what poeple and friends tell you when your kid . Alot of poeple I have talk to believe tarantulas are toxic but I just explain there bite not fatal to humans .I had workmen round and I explain a couple of things and they were ok with it even took couple photos . Maybe with all this virus thing going on we just need a few poeple on social media champion the hobby . And maybe if we get just a few poeple into the hobby watching and joining forums its a win .
 

Soulman

Active Member
I don't understand all people or what they choose to do,or their interest.I hate it when someone try having a conversation with me about football.And don't understand why I hate it.You might love it,but don't try getting others to.some people are just not interested.
 

BrokenRay

Member
It doesn’t bother me but I’ve been called weird, strange and a freak for liking/loving/keeping Tarantulas but the one thing that really annoys me is when people say they’d kill it.
‘How can you like something that’s so ugly’
‘If I saw that thing in my house I’d kill it’

Luckily for us in the UK we don’t get wild Tarantula’s so they’re safe in that respect.
However a few years back someone did dump a Geniculata and the tank in a dustbin at a park, it smashed and got out.
I get that everytime from my friends and family. More on killing them and using them for fishing bait.

I don't let it upset me because I once suffered from extreme arachnophobia. I understand both sides of the fence.

One thing I have learned is to keep this hobby to myself outside of family and friends. I know tarantulas for pets have been around along time but it's popularity is actually more recent.
 

octanejunkie

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3 Year Member
Tarantula Club Member
I got into spiders because my 9yo daughter was interested at the time. She is now 14 and has since moved on, but alas, I am stuck.

While spiders don't give you the love a dog would, a spider is the only pet you never have to touch, you can ignore for a week or more and it doesn't want/need your attention. On the other hand, they are beautiful and exotic, unique and interesting to watch and usually pounce on feeder insects - which makes them entertaining as well as low-cost and low-demand.
 

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