Social norms are often followed blindly, without understanding the logic or reasoning behind them.
A user asked the forum, “What are some social norms that are pretty weird if you think about it?”. Let’s look at the top replies from the forum.
PAYING TO BURY CORPSES
“Paying tens of thousands of dollars to bury corpses in the ground.”
EXPECTING TO GET ALONG WITH FAMILY MEMBERS EVEN IF THEY ARE TOXIC
“People expect you to get along with family (parents, siblings) even if they treat you like trash.”
“The expectation of having a huge wedding.”
TIE AS A BUSINESS ATTIRE
“I can’t think of a single reason for ties being the standard for business attire other than it’s a reminder to everyone in the room that you could be easily strangled at any time.”
NOT TRULY CARING ABOUT PEOPLE
“Asking people how they’re doing as a matter of courtesy when you truly don’t care and are hoping they just say “good hbu” in response.”
“Working hard for 65 years to then live for ten years.”
I’m just giving Hallmark money in exchange for a piece of paper that someone’s going to look at for about 10 seconds and then completely forget about.”
GOING OUT TO EAT
“Going out for drinks and/or food abruptly becomes everyone’s one and only hobby after becoming an “adult.””
“Suppressing emotions = “strength”
RULES TO TEXT PEOPLE
“All these random “rules” about texting people. Texting is supposed to be a medium to talk to people and they can respond at their own convenience.
Instead, it’s turned into a puzzle of deciphering how long messages should be, how long I should wait before replying, do I double text them or not, did they read my message, why did they leave me on read, the list goes on and on.”
ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO DRINK
“Encouraging people to drink more alcohol. I’m guilty of it myself, ‘go on, just one more!’ Or I’ve bought shots for people who have said no, which then pressures them to drink it.”
UNCOMFORTABLE WOMEN SHOES
I am a man, btw, but I had this argument with my wife; I told her women’s shoes were impractical and uncomfortable; many of them, like heels, are very bad, but flat ones are also just as awful and just dam right pointless.
Eventually, when I explained that most Men’s shoes are comfortable and robust and a little bit of rain doesn’t soak them, she suddenly went, ‘yea, they are bad,’ but said that’s what we wear.
Literally, a social construction for women to wear those uncomfortable shoes.”
“Acquiring debt as soon as you’re an adult, whether it be student loans, buying a car, or signing up for credit cards.”
“I could give you a pretty detailed list. But I think one of the most weird and detrimental to society is beauty standards and impossible looks and body types.”
NOT GOING TO RESTAURANT ALONE
“Not going to a restaurant by yourself.
I am on a business trip; I want to eat somewhere nice, drink some wine, and dine nice since the company is paying for that stuff; I didn’t bring anyone because it’s my arrival night, or I just want to have a moment for myself.
Then I get treated like I have leprosy, or the waiter tries to strong-arm me to go to the communal area or patio to eat because then I would have some company from the random patrons.”
HUGE MARRIAGE PROPOSALS IN PUBLIC
“Grand gesture marriage proposals in public are embarrassing and weird.”
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