Living in a bubble

Living in a bubble. Nothing in a bubble, is the way it's supposed to be.

Living in a bubble means to live in one’s own world, completely isolated from what is happening all around.

A person living in a bubble can’t see or perceive events around him as he is too engrossed in the little world he has created for himself.

Do you know someone who’s a bit sheltered from the problems of the world?

Maybe they don’t accept new ideas, or only spend time with people who have the same way of thinking.

BBC The English We Speak 

Living in a bubble: someone who doesn’t listen to people with different ideas, or maybe is a little sheltered from society


Hello. This is The English We Speak with me, Feifei…

…and me, Roy.

Roy, what are you holding?!

This? It’s a sword.

I can see it’s a sword! Why do you have one?

Well, I overheard you saying your friend Sandra is living in a bubble – so I asked my pal at the museum if I could borrow a sword to help your friend escape!

No, Roy – I said ‘Sandra lives in a bubble’, but it means that she doesn’t really accept new ideas and all her friends have the same way of thinking. ‘Living in a bubble’ is the expression we’re looking at in this programme.

Ahhh, that makes more sense. I just imagined that might have got stuck in a bubble after washing her hands.

Roy, your imagination never ceases to amaze me. You know what we should do?

I think we should listen to some examples…

Bob and his friends think that climate change isn’t real. They live in a bubble.

Nelson lives in a bubble. He never tries new food or goes out with new people.

Geraldine doesn’t want to meet my new friends – she thinks they live in a bubble.

This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English, and we’re talking about the expression ‘living in a bubble’ which is used to describe someone who doesn’t listen to people with different ideas, or maybe is a little sheltered from society.

I think it’s sad when people live in a bubble because they don’t get to experience new ideas or have their minds changed.

I don’t live in a bubble. It’s why I like working with you – because you have very different ideas to me and I like to listen to them. You’re always wrong, but I still like you.

Thanks Feifei – I guess I should take this sword back to the museum.

You should. Bye, Roy.


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Living in a bubble refers to being isolated from the outside world or being surrounded by a homogeneous group of people who share similar beliefs, opinions, or perspectives. Here are some key points to consider when living in a bubble:

  1. Limited Perspective: Living in a bubble can limit your exposure to diverse opinions, experiences, and cultures, which can result in a narrow perspective on life. This can inhibit personal growth and prevent you from gaining a well-rounded understanding of the world.

  2. Confirmation Bias: Being surrounded by like-minded people in a bubble can reinforce your existing beliefs and opinions, leading to confirmation bias. This can inhibit critical thinking, prevent you from questioning your assumptions, and limit your ability to see different viewpoints.

  3. Lack of Resilience: Living in a bubble can reduce your ability to cope with challenges or adversity because you may not have been exposed to diverse perspectives or experienced different viewpoints. This can result in a lack of resilience and adaptability when faced with new situations or conflicting opinions.

  4. Echo Chamber Effect: Living in a bubble can create an echo chamber effect where your beliefs and opinions are constantly reinforced by those around you, leading to a distorted perception of reality. This can result in a disconnect from the broader society and contribute to polarization and division.

  5. Missed Opportunities: Living in a bubble can lead to missed opportunities for personal growth, learning, and development. Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences can enrich your life and broaden your horizons, allowing you to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the world and the people in it.

  6. Limited Empathy: Living in a bubble can limit your ability to empathize with people who have different backgrounds, opinions, or experiences. This can hinder your ability to connect with others on a deeper level, and may result in reduced social skills and understanding.

  7. Lack of Innovation: Living in a bubble can inhibit creativity and innovation, as exposure to diverse ideas and perspectives often fosters new insights and solutions. Without diverse input, you may miss out on unique perspectives and innovative ideas.

It’s important to note that living in a bubble is not always a deliberate choice, and people may find themselves in a bubble due to a variety of factors such as geography, socioeconomic status, or cultural norms. However, it’s essential to recognize the potential drawbacks of living in a bubble and actively seek out diverse perspectives and experiences to foster personal growth, empathy, and understanding of the world.

What does it mean to be living in a bubble?

To put it simply, living in a bubble means you are deeply absorbed in your own world. You only interact with communities of the same race, same educational level, same salary, and the same culture.

After living in a world that has everything you need, struggles and drastic changes feel almost foreign to you.

Living in a bubble can also refer to the way you receive information. You may be the kind who sticks to a specific source of information or consumes a particular type of media, believing that it holds the absolute truth and therefore is superior above the rest. You won’t bother checking for other opinions and may try to avoid venturing to other platforms.

We live in a bubble baby.
A bubble’s not reality.
You gotta have a look outside.
Nothing in a bubble, is the way it’s supposed to be,
And when it blows you’ll hit the ground.

Oh yeah.
The Bubble’s not reality but it’s inside your mind,
Making you forget where you’re from and what’s behind.
Isn’t it suspicious how the world is now your friend,
Getting in return 1.000 more than whatever you could ever send.

The bubble doesn’t make you but it’s you that makes the bubble,
And you better try to remember that it’s in your head.
The bubble is a very tricky thing all full of hype and it is not easy
To try to see the way things are they’ll always be.

We live in a bubble baby,
But it’s not the place to be.
Cause it’s a place of lies and hype.
Don’t believe the bubble cause it’s nothing but a dream,
And when it blows you’ll be alone.

Living in the city
Living for the go
One for the money
Two for the show.
I spend a lot of cash
And I buy a new house
Everybody just-a watch
While me drive my big car.

I have everything
And nothing is missing
Spending all my time
Hugging and Kissing.
Sleeping in the most
expensive hotels
Hanging out with the most-a
beautiful girls.

Everywhere I go people just-a follow me.
I’m famous, and I’m on every screen.
I travel around the world in my private jet.
I see my face in every magazine.
My nick-a name is VIP.
life has become everything that I see.
I got my name up in the stars.
Famous all over from here straight to mars.


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A bubble is a floating ball of air.
You can also blow a bubble with gum.

If you’re in your own little bubble, you’re living in a fantasy, separated from the rest of the world by a thin layer of your imagination.

This song, along with a couple others is about living life to the fullest, which means, you should stop Arguing ridiculously and start living on the edge?

1 What does ‘living in a bubble’ mean? – The English We Speak

11 aug. 2020

Do you know someone who’s a bit sheltered from the problems of the world? Maybe they don’t accept new ideas, or only spend time with people who have the same way of thinking. Find out more about ‘living in a bubble’ in this The English We Speak.

Ruth Ipince
Answered Aug 2, 2018

The saying “living in a bubble” is similiar to that of “living under a rock.” Both sayings imply that you are separated from society. Bubbles for the most part are translucent. So, someone who lives in a bubble can see what goes on in society but is completely sheltered. However, it is very easy to pop someone’s bubble, or break the barrier that separates them from the rest of the world.

JJ Grey
JJ Grey, Land owner, US Citizen, Gun owner, Lived poor urban + rural
Answered Jan 12, 2018

Used during political discourse it means surrounding yourself with only opinions similar to your own and unwillingness to even listen to contrary opinions or evidence. I work hard to not be in too much of a bubble when it comes to the opinions of others. I actively research as many sides to a debate as I can, and look into the sources of all claimed ‘facts’ as much as I can. Just like a conservative in rural areas can be in a bubble about climate change, so to can a liberal in urban areas be in a bubble about gun regulation.

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