15 Social Norms That Are Unnecessary But You Still Follow It. Why?

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Social norms are the rules on which our society operates. While a few of these are helpful, many other social norms are useless to us. Because of these social norms, we make decisions based on what others expect us to do rather than what we want.

A user asked the forum, “What’s something you actually don’t want to do but social norm tells you to do it anyway?”

Here are the tops responses.

BEING PHYSICALLY AT WORK

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“My employer hates remote work. I’m showing them as I post this – I can be just as unproductive when I’m physically in the office.”

OFFICE POLITICS

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“Participating in ‘office politics.’ I want to finish my work efficiently; why are you trying to sabotage me with all this tedious politics? I don’t care.”

SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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“I hate singing ‘Happy Birthday.’ I thought I would ask people to sing Africa by Toto for my next birthday. That is all I want from them. To do that.”

MANDATORY FUN

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“Got stuck with this a ton in the military as an officer. “Hey, Captain, the Colonel has invited all CGOs to his house for dinner tonight. Better be there”. Yes, because it’s my first weekend free in two months, I should  spend it listening to the same guy I see daily from 0400-1900 tell terrible jokes while suggesting we read his General friend’s terrible book.”

NETWORKING

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“It’d be nice to get jobs on merit, but so far, everyone I know (including me) has their current gig because of someone they know.”

RESPECTING YOUR ELDERS

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“I hate the whole concept of respecting your elders. What if some guy just worked in a factory making widgets his whole life, got drunk, and beat his wife and kids? Now he’s 80 years old and going senile, but you’re supposed to hold him in awe because he hasn’t managed to get himself killed?”

WISHING PEOPLE HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON FACEBOOK

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“Wish people a happy birthday on Facebook. It seems like a big contest to show others how much you like the birthday boy/girl. Same when someone has a death in the family.”

WORKING EIGHT HOURS A DAY, FIVE DAYS A WEEK

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“Work eight hours a day, five days a week. It’s a travesty that this is the norm, but if you say you want to work less, you’re labeled lazy. I’d be 100% fine with 4-day work weeks and 3-day weekends.”

ENGAGING IN SMALL TALK

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“Engage in small talk with the person cutting my hair. Especially if others are around and we’re the only two talking.”

TALKING TO AVOID SILENCE

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“Attempt to make conversation when there is silence. I am perfectly fine with complete silence.”

GETTING UP EARLY

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“I’m a night owl, I love staying up until 3 am or around that time and getting up late morning, between 9.30 am and 10.30 am, but I feel lazy for doing that for some reason. I hate getting up early because it means going to bed early, but I love nighttime.”

SENDING THANK YOU CARDS

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“If you give me a gift, I’ll say thank you. My gratitude is real. But I’m less grateful when I have to sit down and do the homework assignment of writing and mailing a card.”

LAUGHING AT JOKES THAT ARE NOT FUNNY

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“Laughing at other people’s jokes, even when they aren’t funny. The thing is, I don’t know which is worse: keeping a solid face because it wasn’t funny or showing a fake smile or a fake laugh even though you’re sure people can tell.”

SHARING MY FAVORITE FOOD

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“Sharing my favorite food with others. Everyone declines when it’s broccoli, but they fight for it when it’s pizza.”

BUYING BIRTHDAY CARDS FOR KIDS

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“I can’t understand getting children birthday cards when they are too young to read. They don’t care, it’s obviously for the parents, but I find it a waste. I would want the money spent on the card to go into the actual present.”

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