What Does Underrated Mean, Really?

short fur black and white cat

People often throw around the term “underrated” for things they feel don’t get enough attention. But, what does underrated mean, really? The Urban Dictionary defines ‘underrated’ as this: “Something or someone that deserves much more respect than people will allow.” So, what makes something or someone underrated?

There’s something a bit peculiar about that definition of underrated to me. Basically, for something to be underrated, people would need to disallow something certain respect. If that’s the case, the number of things I could say are underrated is quite vast. For example, being a decent, kind, and generous person all at the same time is incredibly underrated in today’s society.

But, I digress. Often we’ll discuss among our family and friends concerning songs, movies, artists, actors/actresses, and books as being overrated and underrated. But, it seems to me that the definition of underrated given by the almighty U.D. certainly covers quite a breadth more than these specific cultural touchstones. What is it that makes people so disrespectful towards something that it becomes underrated?

Must it be that something underrated must somehow be widely disliked? I’ve always thought of “underrated” as being something that simply never got the attention that it may have otherwise deserved for whatever reason. Maybe it was released at the wrong time for the right reasons or the right time for the wrong reasons. But, come to think of it, it’s hard to respect something you don’t know about it, isn’t it?

This leads me down another avenue of thinking in regards to how we personally rate things in general. With so many overrated things being pumped out and forced down people’s throats all the time, there likewise must be a whole treasure trove of “underrated” works and concepts that we’ve all been missing out on because of becoming overloaded by the mass media.

Now that I think about it, what do I feel are things that are most underrated?

  • Good, positive news and people making good in the world.
  • Having good food and fresh water.
  • Finding people that would rather talk about things that they like rather than the things that they hate.

That last one is especially underrated.

So often, all I hear about is how much someone hates whom or what rather than talking about those things or people they like. It’s just like you’re judged more harshly if you like something more than if you hate something. People in the 2020’s are attracted more to negativity than ever. What gives with that?

If I can take away just one thing from these brief musings, it’s that positivity in general has become frighteningly underrated. Who thought that would be our conclusion?

What’s something you think is underrated?

Amelia Desertsong is a former content marketing specialist turned essayist and creative nonfiction author. She writes articles on many niche hobbies and obscure curiosities, pretty much whatever tickles her fancy.

2 thoughts on “What Does Underrated Mean, Really?

  1. In popular parlance, it has somehow become socially acceptable to label something as underrated as a means of canceling the success or goals of another. Instead, we should, as a society, appreciate that individuals may have a different perspective, outlook, or opinions on just about everything imaginable and that this perspective in and of itself is infinitely valuable and important.

Comments are closed.

Back To Top
%d bloggers like this: