Reddit Users Share 30 Everyday Things That Should Be More Socially Acceptable

Published 3 years ago

We humans are pretty weird, especially when it comes to social norms. Since there isn’t really a handbook to tell us exactly how to act in all situations, we mostly have to abide by certain unwritten rules that everyone just silently agrees to. However, just because a lot of people universally agree about what’s considered acceptable and what’s not, doesn’t mean that it makes sense.

A little while ago, Reddit user sadboi017 asked people to share some things that are considered socially unacceptable for no reason and received numerous answers that will make you rethink some of the ridiculous social norms that we’re used to. Check out some things that should be more socially acceptable shared by Reddit users in the gallery below!

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Turning down an invitation to go out simply because you’d rather stay home with your pets, save money, and preserve your mental health in glorious solitude.


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Not wanting to hold other people’s babies…


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Leaving without giving an “acceptable” song and dance about why you are leaving, with leaving because you have basically reached your limit with socializing being “not a good enough reason”

People who can stand to be around other people for huge amounts of time, more power to you, but me? I can’t do that, and I don’t want to have to make up an excuse to do so.


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waking up at 11am or later

i’m not lazy. my responsibilities are taken care of. i stay up late and value my sleep hours.


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Not answering your own door. When there’s like a salesman at someone’s door, they won’t want to answer but they will act like no one is home, and be really quiet so the person outside the door doesn’t hear them. But it’s your house. I could just stare at a salesman out the window as he rings my bell, who cares. It’s my house. I don’t have to answer my own door, for whatever reason I deem acceptable. You came to my house, not the other way around.


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Using swings/playground equipment as an adult. I friggin love going on the swings, I’m 30 and it still fascinates me that I can quickly and easily get 10-15 feet (or higher) in the air with some simple leg movement.

One day I was at a fairly deserted local park on the swings having the time of my life. Suddenly Karen shows up with her two ankle biters, hands on her hips and yells at me “WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON THERE?! THE SWINGS ARE FOR THE KIDS, NOT ADULTS!”

My tax dollars paid for these swings, and there’s no sign saying that I can’t, so I’ll use them as much as I damn well please whenever I want. How much tax did little Johanathan and little Kymburleigh Pay last year? None? Guess they can’t use the swings either.


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My dad gets SUPER offended when I put my elbows on the table. I still dont know why.


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Running everywhere instead of walking.


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I’m a grown man and I love flowers. Not even ‘masculine’ flowers, I have an orchid collection.


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Being open/honest about not having kids. In my personal life I have gotten more ridicule and very pointed questions bordering on disrespectful over being childfree than about any of my other opinions.

Once I said I wasn’t having kids my family became obsessed with whether or not I was dating, and who, and oh, what if HE wants kids? What if I meet the “perfect” guy, but he wants kids? Well, then I guess he’s not the perfect guy for me. Simple as that. I don’t want kids, and no, I don’t have to give you a detailed bullet list about why I’m not having kids because what I decide to do with my uterus is none of your business.


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In some places, calling in sick, because it’s “letting down the team” or whatever. Screw off, I’m sick as a dog. There’s little I will accomplish other than feeling like death warmed up, so you aren’t missing out on much. Plus I could spread whatever I’ve got to coworkers, then we’re all sick


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Men crying. It’s seen as a weakness typically rather than compassion.



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Napping at work during my lunch break. I don’t really need food in the afternoon, what I really need is a nap!


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Skipping as an adult. It’s unfortunate because it is faster than walking and much more fun than running.


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Being single.

Some people are okay not being in a relationship for some time and are perfectly happy, but other people just don’t understand that.


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Going out for dinner by yourself


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Wearing a surgical mask when you are sick to prevent giving the illness to others.


Eating lunch alone in your car at work. It’s quiet, comfortable, and I don’t have to make small talk when I’m trying to have some ‘me’ time out of the office.

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Not drinking alcohol around others who are drinking. People don’t like it


Not hiding your tampon when you go to the restroom

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40+ male at a playground

Yes I have no partner, yes that’s my 6 year old kid having a blast

No I’m not a pedo but thank you for your questions and passive glares



Seriously, how and why the f*ck did society decide that certain sounds will corrupt children?

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Being honest when asked “how are you”


Showing distaste for ones family in any way, shape, or form

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Apparently self defense isn’t allowed in schools. I guess I just have to accept the beating.


Wearing the same clothes 2 days in a row

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Having fun as an adult. Fun has no expiration date, you don’t suddenly no longer qualify for fun and have to live a life of watching the news and drinking coffee. People shame adults for doing fun things and that’s absolute nonsense


Not wanting to make small talk. Sometimes being alone in a public place is my only alone time.

I have to put on the show at work and talk to people ALL DAY LONG and if I just want to sit in a bar or cafe or on a bench by myself and stare at my phone I shouldn’t be forced to exchange small talk with someone just because they happen to be in the vicinity of me.

Like currently, I’m having a really bad day and just want to go sit and have a drink and stare at cats or something because being in my house is making it worse, but I can’t, because I’ll be forced to chit chat with someone near me.

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Going to the movies alone.

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