20 Things Our Society Has Normalized That Are Actually Ridiculous

Oh man, have you ever noticed how society just loves to slap that “normal” label on everything? And what’s even more wild is that there are some things out there that society has totally normalized, but some people just outright refuse to get on that bandwagon. And honestly, we can’t blame them!

One Redditor asked, “What’s that one thing that society normalizes it but you refuse to do it?” This thread received insights from many users and we have compiled the top comments for you.

1. Posting Your Life on Social Media

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “Plastering your life on social media.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “The whole plastering your kids all over Instagram and TikTok is ridiculous to me. I’ll never understand why people do that to their kids just for clicks and views.”

It’s not that these non-posters are anti-social or stuck in the Stone Age. No, they’re just selective about where they invest their time and energy.

2. No Privacy

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One said, “The death of privacy”

Another replied, “I agree with you, but I’m also shocked by the number of people who give it away even as they say it’s important. No VPN, drive encryption, strong passwords, knowledge of Tor browser. No knowledge of ownership of services, applications, and their record of data sharing. Ironically avoiding Facebook but using Insta and WhatsApp.”

It’s like we’re living in this age where our lives are on display 24/7. Social media, surveillance cameras, data mining- it’s all become so typical, right?

3. Going Out While Sick

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A Reddit user wrote, “Going to work while sick. If I’m sick with something contagious, I’m staying home, period.”

Another added, “People like you are legends. I hate when people are sick and go out, or their kids are sick, and they are sent to school. The about of times my kids got sick cause of others blah.”

Do you go out to work or school when you are sick?

4. Turning Your Hobbies To Content

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You know the drill, right? It’s like everyone, and their grandma is posting videos of their morning yoga routine or their attempts at gourmet cooking!

One Redditor stated, “Monetize all my hobbies and produce “content” for social media. YouTube hikers will actually set up a camera, hike past it way into the distance, and then go back and get the camera. Repeat”

Someone else added, “This. As someone who is also a maker (with an actual craft career behind her), one of the reasons I stepped back from the craft was because monetizing it took all the magic out of it. I have friends who took ONE stained glass class, and two months later, they started a new IG account with a logo and a whole brand. No one wants to buy your bad stained glass. Just enjoy your hobby.”

5. Endless Consumption

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In a world that’s constantly screaming, “Buy! Buy! Buy!” these minimalists are whispering, “Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.”

One said, “Endless consumption. Buy the new phone; you need it MacBook ,Macbook buy it, buy it clothes phones your laptop is 2 years old it’s old buy a new one buy it, buy it now now now do it itll make you happy consume it consume that stuff.”

Another replied, “I have bought maybe 5 items/year for the last 6 years. Yeah, my clothes are not my biggest selling point, but they’re just old, not shabby. I don’t have any bad stuff lying around my home, which is great for my mental health and the planet’s environmental health.

Remember those TIME photos of families around the world sitting with all their belongings? Americans couldn’t even fit into 2 pages. You don’t HAVE to buy everything that appeals to you.”

6. Subscription Services

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You know what it’s like, right? Every company out there is offering a subscription service. It’s convenient, they say. It’s affordable, they claim.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “subscription services. No! I want to pay for something once and own it. It’s of ZERO benefit to me to pay some fee every month for your software so you can update it and change the user interface on a whim, then I can’t find anything!”

Someone else added, “God yes, I hate paying for movies shows , songs whatever. I don’t wanna pay these companies any money if I can help it.”

7. Food Delivery

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A Reddit user wrote, “Food delivery services. Unless I’m too wasted to drive, I’ll pick it up myself thanks.”

Another added, “My wife got a $40 Grubhub gift card from work. We attempted to use it yesterday and we couldn’t really piece together a decent meal for both of us that came out under $40. It was a harsh introduction to massive delivery fees, inflated prices, and service fees.”

And let’s not ignore the money side of things. Food delivery, while convenient, can seriously dent your wallet, right? Those extra charges, service fees, and tips- they add up.

8. Consumer Debt

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You want something- a fancy gadget, a dream vacation, or even just a killer wardrobe- and bam! Plastic money to the rescue. It’s so easy, so tempting. Buy now, worry later seems to be the motto!

One Redditor stated, “Consumer debt. Don’t care if it’s electronics, vehicles, or anything else – if I don’t have the money to buy it outright, I won’t buy it.”

Another replied, “100%. I’m the same and I must admit to feeling a bit smug about it. Being able to delay pleasure and wait for things is a rare and valuable skill. I’ve never earned big money but I’m semi-retired at 48 because I don’t buy loads of stupid stuff and invest wisely.”

9. Alcohol

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One said, “When I was growing up, I kept seeing articles about how moderate drinkers live longer than teetotalers or heavy drinkers, and that French people have less heart disease because they drink wine with meals. It was only this past year that I started seeing articles from medical bodies that stated bluntly that alcohol was toxic and any amount damages your body.

I am not saying I would never have taken a drink if that had been the message when I was growing up, but it would have been good information. I genuinely believed that moderate drinking was healthier than abstaining for most my life because that message was literally presented to me over and over.”

Someone else added, “I’m almost 36, and I’ve never consumed an alcoholic drink. I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything except hangovers and bad decisions. Same thing with tobacco and recreational drugs.”

And let’s not ignore the peer pressure. Oh man, it’s real. Society has this knack for making you feel like you’re missing out if you’re not holding a glass.

10. Hook-up Culture

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In a world where swiping right has become the norm, there’s this unspoken expectation that you should be okay with casual encounters. You’ve seen it on TV, in movies, and probably in your own friend circle- this idea that hooking up is as natural as breathing. No strings attached, no feelings involved, just a casual roll in the hay and on to the next one.

A Reddit user wrote, “Having made love in caring, loving relationships, I just can’t understand why people would miss out on that. Like if you’re trying to get it and can’t then that’s okay. But I see waaay too many people trying deliberately to keep hook ups on a superficial level and that seems like… a waste.”

Another added, “This. All STDs gross me out enough, beside the other reasons. Long-term relationships with trust are the bomb. Love never having to get blood tests.”

11. Amazon

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One Redditor stated, “Amazon. Jeff does not need more money. I go straight to the company sites.”

Another replied, “This is a great idea as a general matter, especially if the product comes with a warranty or guarantee and also for products that are frequently counterfeited.

This would also apply to goods that would be especially prone to return for any reason. Amazon has become really bad about returned goods and has spun off a whole new economy of people reselling returns. Do you doubt? How often do you receive an order from Amazon, and the packaging or product makes it look like someone else had it already?”

And oh, the local businesses! Ever notice how they’re struggling against the Amazon giant?

12. Dressing Up Older

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “I’m tired of so many people trying to normalize teens dressing like grown women.”

Another added, “Some 11-13 year olds dress and look like they’re 24 year olds it’s not good.”

Do you believe in dressing up comfortably or according to your age?

13. Wedding Debt

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Taking out loans or maxing out credit cards to have the “perfect” wedding? It’s like starting your married life with a financial hangover.

One said, “Going into debt for a wedding. I do like marriage even if the benefits are next to nothing these days but the normalization of a $20-$30k wedding in America is ridiculous. We just went to the courthouse and had a small party afterward. No need to spend all that cash just to start your life together in debt”

Someone else added, “My gf does a catering job on the side and tells me stories of the financial waste people are doing. One last week she figures must have been around $100,000 (300 people, $250/person + hall rental, etc.)”

14. Grammar Rules

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You’ve seen it, right? The text messages that look like they’ve been attacked by a swarm of angry bees- no commas, no periods, just a jumble of words.

A Reddit user wrote, “Using punctuation and proper spelling on text messages or chat applications. I don’t care if you don’t do it; I will still write my text properly. Edit: I meant to say it is now normalized to NOT use punctuation and proper spelling.”

Another replied, “Seconded! I’m also confused by how common unnecessary breaks between messages are that could just be sent as a single text. Like sometimes you just need to straight type a paragraph that’s 4-5 full sentences long because I need more words to make up for the ambiguity of tone.

>>But when the person on the other end >>sends these choppy >>disconnected >>thoughts from >>a stream of consciousness >>barely seconds apart

My text notification ends up sounding like a machine gun firing at me. And I still end up having to put more thought into connecting the phrases! I just wonder…where does the sentiment come from that time spent on a single equivalent message seems worthless to them?”

15. Influencers

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And let’s talk about authenticity or the lack thereof. Influencers often curate their lives to fit a certain image- flawless and exciting. But these authenticity advocates? They’re all about keeping it real.

One Redditor stated, “Influencers. I have a hard time articulating the depth of their collective uselesness.”

Another added, “Influencers are the ones making lifestyle hype to peddle products for their sponsors. Disgustingly enough, advertising is often more upfront and less manipulative.”

16. Having Kids

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A Reddit user wrote, “One thing? 😂 There’s so many. But probably the biggest is having kids.”

Someone else added, “Lmao I too have a hard time picking up only one thing, and yes, having kids is also one of the things I refuse to do. Blows my mind people look at the state of the world and think, ‘I’ll bring a child into this.”

Then there’s the freedom factor. Kids are awesome, no doubt, but they also mean less sleep, more responsibilities, and a ton of worries.

17. Normalizing Obesity

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The super-sized meals, the sugar-loaded drinks, and the lack of physical activity. It’s become so ordinary that we hardly even notice it anymore. One said, “Normalizing obesity. I’m fat, and I agree.”

Another replied, “I am fat…and have to agree. Never normalize it. It is taking forever to shift the weight, and health issues are in the way. Being obese sucks, I need a tool to put my socks on, I can barely play with my kids without getting winded, and everything hurts. Then I have people trying to shade me because I’m changing my habits, telling me that big can be healthy. No, it can’t.”

18. Ghosting

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “Ghosting will never cease to enrage me. I can see it in dating if you’re icked out (and even so, how hard is a ‘thanks but no’), but it’s now happening at work. People simply don’t show up at zoom meetings or answer emails and do not feel they owe anyone an excuse. How egocentric can you get.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “One of my longest friends of about 10 years ghosted me this past year. Out of nowhere. I don’t see any times we hugely fell out, especially not recently. Prolly just did that for the feel of it”

But maybe the most awesome thing? It’s their respect for others. Ghosting shows a lack of respect for someone’s time, emotions, and effort.

19. Crypto

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A Reddit user wrote, “Thankfully, crypto is now closer to being on a VH1 special called “I love the 2020s” in a couple of decades than it is to be relevant. That garbage is worthless unless it’s hyped into a bubble.”

Someone else added, “I just had several thousand stolen out of Coinbase and will probably never see that again, so yeah, there with you now.”

But maybe the coolest thing? It’s their resistance to the hype. Cryptocurrency has this aura of being the future of finance, and everyone should get on board or risk being left behind. But these wise souls? The crowd does not sway them.

20. Child Beauty Pageants

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One said, “Child beauty pageants. They’re disgusting. And those poor kids are being set up for a lifetime of trauma issues.”

Another replied, “Ah yes, you mean televised child abuse (which is how I see those pageants). It’s really unsettling.”

You’ve seen it, right? The glitz, the glam, the exaggerated smiles plastered on these tiny faces. It’s all a bit… much.

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