People With ADHD Are Not Motivated By Rewards
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People With ADHD Are Not Motivated By Rewards refers to a snowclone that developed in parody of a tweet by @siderealmaven which posited that people with ADHD "are not motivated by rewards" but by "the joy they get out of doing things" and that it's hard for people with ADHD to do something they don't want to do, even if it's for money or another survival need. The tweet was criticized by some for infantilizing people with ADHD and turned into a snowclone in which people substituted "people with ADHD" for other types of people and the motivations they have.
On April 13th, 2021, Twitter user @realsidemaven posted, "People w/ ADHD are not motivated by rewards. They are motivated by the joy they get out of doing things. It's very hard for ADHD people to force themselves to do work they don't enjoy, even if the reward is money or something they need. They need to feel good about what they do," gaining over 17,000 retweets and 89,000 likes (shown below).
While many people in the replies to @realsidemaven agreed with her assessment and offered their own experiences with ADHD, the tweet was criticized by some for arguably infantilizing people with ADHD. User @Boringstein quote-tweeted the tweet adding, "please fucking stop already I just need vyvanse that's all," gaining over 50 retweets and 1,200 likes (shown below, left). User @flowrmeadow tweeted, "everyone got prescribed adhd meds cuz theyre bad at working from home and now its like twitter's new zodiac sign smh" (shown below, right).
The criticism led to snowclone parodies of the tweet. User @Nikostratis tweeted, "people with ADHD are not motivated by rewards, we are motivated by a unending need for revenge on the crime family that stole our '69 Mustang and killed our dog even though we were 'retired,'" gaining over 80 likes (shown below, left). User @GarbageApe tweeted, "Gamers are not motivated by rewards. They are motivated by the joy they get out of doing things. It's very hard for gamers to force themselves to do work they don't enjoy, even if the reward is money or something they need. They need to feel good about what they do," gaining over 320 likes (shown below, right).
 Twitter – @realsidemaven
 Twitter – boringstein
 Twitter – flowrmeadow
 Twitter – nikostratis
 Twitter – GarbageApe
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Apr 15, 2021 at 12:37PM EDT
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