Top 5 Ridiculous and Toxic Habits We Must Stop Accepting as Normal
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What is normal anymore? The new normal is that there is no normal; everything has changed so much over the last few years that what we thought was normal is no longer the norm, and the new norm has become that there is no more normal. Did that confuse you? It took me a few minutes to wrap my head around too.
Too frequently, we normalize things that shouldn’t be normal and should be an outlier, but when something happens so frequently, we tend to look at it as the new norm. However, the term that should be used more often than “normal” in many cases is called complacency; there’s a very big difference between normalcy and complacency.
Recently on r/AskReddit, a user took to the thread to ask the question; What has become normalized that you think is ridiculous and toxic?
Opinions on this varied greatly in the thread, and Redditors discussed everything from cheating on your partner to advertisements!
Here are 5 ridiculous and toxic things that seem to be normalized:
Social Media Videos
A straight-to-the-point Redditor said, “Influencers”
One Redditor did not hold back, “The Kardashians and Housewives of anywhere”
Finally, one said,” Filming and making fun of random strangers, especially at the gym. My confidence is already in a dip since I haven’t shed the Covid weight gain, which is why I’m at the gym. Now I need to worry about some jerk filming me, making fun of benchpress form on TikTok.”
The World Of Beauty
One of the most liked comments was, “All the plastic surgery. People want to look like internet filters.”
Another Redditor added, “My husband and I were just talking about this! How is anyone okay with going under and waking up to fake muscles on their stomach? Why?!”
One Redditor said, “Giving a one year old a tablet”
Many Redditors agreed with this, “I hate parents who prank their kids. Especially the ones where the kid gets upset, and people get angry at the kid getting upset. “Here, son here’s your Christmas present!” The kid opens the present and it’s spoiled food. Kid starts crying.”
One user just left this, “Cheating”
To which another commented, “Definitely. The sudden normalization of ‘side pieces’.”
A final user on the topic said, ”How relationships are looked at nowadays, people look for the tiniest problem to level or wait until things are way too terrible it seems like no one can casually just date anymore, and we’re looking for things to be upset with. That and how much more common hookups are and how normalized cheating is.
Just about everything with relationships seems to be getting weird, and I don’t get it anymore. People making toxic choices is becoming normalized and promoted sometimes, but other more just dumb behavior is being considered toxic.”
Fear Of Aging
An insight user wrote, “Fear of aging. Living in a culture that devalues the elderly. The idea of “anti-aging” as a marketing and sales hook. The abnormality, toxicity, and delusion involved with the pursuit of eternal youth.”
Many Redditors agreed that “With age comes wisdom (if you’re doing it right). That wisdom gives you insight about things like the fact that aging doesn’t matter, how cool you seem to others doesn’t matter, and that you should just do whatever makes you happy in life.”
What do you think? Do you agree with any of these comments? Disagree with any? Have any input of your own?
This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Motherhood Life Balance.