Human beings are always learning. As time goes on, we've learned that a lot of stuff we thought was totally fine turns out to actually be really bad for us.
There was a time when doctors thought smoking cigarettes was totally fine.
Check out this commercial from the 1950s.
In the 1800s, we thought cocaine was safe for children as medicine.
Instantaneous cure! Because, you know, they’re high now.
Eventually, we learned that cigarettes give you cancer and we probably shouldn't be filling our kids with dangerous drugs just because they have a toothache.
But is there a thing we do now that’ll we’ll look back on with similar regret? Some people think they know the answers.
If you don't already cringe when you see those photos of yourself from high school looking orange, you will.
LePope315 thinks that this will be the thing we most regret:
Tanning. People generally have accepted that excessive UV exposure is bad for you but I haven’t seen this translate into behavioral changes for society as a whole.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase your risk of melanoma by 59 percent. It is estimated that over 400,000 cases of skin cancer per year can be attributed to tanning bed use. And yet, over 7 million people in the US still use tanning beds regularly.
It's not hard to see why some people are tempted by the blue glow of the UV light.
Let’s be honest: tanning beds do feel great (it’s very warm in there) and they can clear up acne, smooth out uneven coloration, and make your skin glow. But it’s just not worth the risk of skin cancer to look like you just hopped off a surfboard year-round. Hopefully in a few years, we will all come to our senses and ban them for good.