How To Talk About Your Guilty Pleasures

What’s your guilty pleasure?

All of us have guilty pleasures. Whether it’s eating that extra slice of cake when you’re on a diet, or watching just one more episode of your favourite TV show instead of working, guilty pleasures are a part of all of our lives. Admitting to them might be hard, but once we get past that, talking about your guilty pleasures can be a great way to bond with people.

Sometimes though, we all have problems when trying to convey exactly what it is we want to say. Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational partner understand your guilty pleasures. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*You’ve just met someone new at a party, and as a conversation starter, they ask you what your guilty pleasures are*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at we will teach you, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.   

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about

Use the ‘wh’ questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What is your guilty pleasure? – Eating too much cake, Binge-watching TV shows etc.
  2. How does it affect you? – Trying to lose weight, Being less productive etc.
  3. What have you done to curb this guilty pleasure? – Eat less, Work more etc.
  4. When did this guilty pleasure develop? – From childhood, After an incident etc.
  5. Where do you indulge in this guilty pleasure/With whom? – Out with friends, At home by yourself etc.

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about your guilty pleasures.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the topic.

  1. Reading
  2. TV-shows
  3. Binging
  4. Secret
  5. Embarrassment
  6. Social exclusion
  7. Society
  8. Indulgence
  9. Addictive
  10. Funny
  11. Belief
  12. Pleasure
  13. Weakness
  14. Feelings
  15. Advice

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Helpful advice
  2. Shameful weakness
  3. Greatest weakness
  4. Individual beliefs
  5. Funny stories
  6. Addictive habits
  7. Occasional indulgences
  8. Accepting society
  9. Major embarrassments
  10. Quiet secret
  11. Secretive acts
  12. Continuous binging
  13. Ignoring work
  14. Procrastinating for extended periods of time.
  15. Convincing yourself

Initiate the conversation by stating your guilty pleasure.

My biggest guilty pleasure is binge-watching Netflix

Talk about how it affects you

  1. I’ve been trying to lose weight, but I can’t stop eating cake!
  2. I have so much work to do, but there’s this new book series I discovered and I want to finish it.
  3. If people find out I read trashy romance novels they’d be so mad at me, after all the criticising I do about them in public.
  4. Reality TV shows are so addicting! They’re such a waste of my time though.
  5. I’m so broke but I can’t stop shopping, it’s a huge waste of my money.


You could end by asking your conversational partner what their guilty pleasure is.

A model answer would be as follows

My biggest guilty pleasure is binge-watching Netflix. I love watching Crime Drama on Netflix. I started out quite recently, I know, I’m jumping on the bandwagon really late. There’s something about watching detectives work to solve crimes that really gets me going. I especially love the episodes when they get inside the minds of the criminal and explain his motives to the watchers. It’s so interesting, I watch it for hours on end! It’s a real waste of my time though, I’ve got a big presentation coming up at work and I really can’t afford to be distracted by Netflix. Anyway, what’s your guilty pleasure?

Karen Niroshana

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