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.
via: PinterestInstantaneous 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.
via: ShutterstockLePope315 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.
Our Facebook posts could be ruining our lives.Portarossa thinks we will really regret Instagramming our entire lives:
Putting your entire life online, and having it all stored forever. There's going to be an embarrassing digital paper trail for the next generation of MPs, Senators and diplomats.This is already happening. There are countless stories of people who lost their job because of social media posts, or had a college acceptance revoked after questionable social media content was discovered.
But another user pointed out that people posting their own content isn't even the worst part.Some people are going to grow up wit ha social media presence before they can even talk, much less choose what content about themselves they want posted online. TheMercifulPineapple writes:
There's even the point that early on, they have no control over it. Parents start sharing stuff on social media as soon as they're born. It possible that we'll have high powered politicians who have pictures of their first "big boy poop!" on the internet somewhere.Gross. But it's true, think about all the people you know who post tons of photos and videos of their kids online. Can you imagine being one of those kids in a few years and knowing that anyone at your middle school could access a photo of you naked in the bath if they really wanted because your mom posted it on Facebook when you were two? Luckily by then we'll likely have invented teleportation, so you'll be able to teleport yourself to your locked bedroom for the rest of eternity.
We are working more office jobs than ever before and it could be really bad for us.
via: ShutterstockWhat Aurify thinks we will really regret:
Sitting for 8+ hours a day.Most Americans work jobs in offices where they sit all day, but this is a relatively new concept. In 1960 only 50% of American had office jobs where they sit at a desk all day. Today, the number has jumped to 80%. Sitting like that all day can cause low blood flow, weight gain from inactivity, a bad back, and a strained neck. Some offices have tried to combat this with standing and walking desks, but let's be honest, most of us use those for a little while and then just pull up a chair.
Low-fat was the diet craze in the 90s, but hopefully we are starting to realize there is nothing wrong with a little fat.User tanishine writes:
It's already happening, but Low-Fat products. They are jacked up with sugar and not at all healthy for you. Also I'm so happy that this war on Fat is coming to an end. I literally eat ghee and avocados all day and lose weight.Well, this is my dream diet, so I'm on board with this. Low-fat packaged foods are often actually really bad for you. It may not sound logical because why would you eat more fat if you wanted your body to have less fat?
via: ShutterstockThe simple explanation is sugar. When companies make low-fat versions of foods that once had fat in them, they have to find a way to replace the flavor the fat was providing. So instead, they fill the foods with sugar. Fat fills you up, so when you eat foods that are high in fat, you eat less. But sugar doesn't fill you up quite so well, so when you eat foods that are high in sugar, you eat more. The same is true when people remove high-fat foods, like cheese or butter, from their own diets. They tend to replace these high-fat, filling foods with less filling foods that have a lot more carbs and sugars, and then they eat more. Of course, the chemistry of your body and how it processes certain foods is much, much more complicated than that. But in general, a balanced diet that contains some fat is good for you, so go ahead and chow down on some avocados and a stick of string cheese if the spirit moves you.
Which brings us to the next thing that will probably kill us.User DLTMIAR puts it simply:
Sugar.Basically, yeah. The simple answer for why sugar is so bad for us is that it contains a ton of calories and no nutrients. That doesn't mean you should cut it out completely, sugar does serve a purpose. Fruits and vegetables have sugar in them, and that's what makes them taste good and as a result, makes us want to eat them. Without sugar, fruits and vegetables wouldn't be very appealing.
The problem is that we eat way too much sugar and it's not just in desserts.
via: ShutterstockHere's an experiment: go to your local grocery store and try to find a packaged food that doesn't contain sugar. It's almost impossible. Added sugar is in almost everything, from lunch meats to crackers to salad dressing. We are eating way too much sugar and we may not even realize we are doing it. As a result more and more people are suffering from diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. In the future, it's likely we'll look back on our sugar intake and shudder.
Some people think our worst problem will be not having enough problems.GourmetCoffee thinks:
Living an easy life. Seriously, it's becoming evident that our lifestyle with little meaning or struggle has caused our depression. It used to be if you toiled in the field with blood sweat and tears all day, you put food on the table at the end, you felt successful and happy. Now you just go to a boring job for 8 hours and you can put food on the table and you feel no gratification in having that food, so you have to dream bigger. Now you're not successful unless you have a big house, 5 cars, a successful instagram or youtube channel, whatever you decide you want, but the problem is it's all a hell of a lot harder and RARER than just being able to work in the field, come home and have a nice meal for the family, so a lot less people will ever have that happiness.Remember how your parents or teachers or favorite television show told you to follow your dreams? Well, they may actually have been wrong. Following your dreams isn't for everyone. For some people, it may be more harmful than helpful.
Here's what psychologists think about the issue.
via: ShutterstockAccording to Psychology Today:
The pursuit of wealth can be an invigorating way to spend one’s 20s. However, this goal has two problems. First, most people won’t be able to achieve it. Second, valuing wealth won’t make them happy. Studies consistently find that people who value money, fame, and image are less happy than those who value community and affiliation with others.The truth is, we can't all be famous rappers or model or chefs or stand up comics. But we live in a culture where we are constantly measuring our success against others. Twenty years ago if you didn't feel like you had a life you could brag about you just skipped your high school reunion, but now everything we do is plastered all over social media. It's almost impossible not to compare yourself to others' successes. So we work towards bigger, more impossible dreams and most of us end up disappointed.
We will probably regret having stuff to do all the time.SpenceOrSpencer writes:
The systematic, scientific, concentrated battle for our attention. App notifications, Skinner box games, easy access to diversion at all times via our phones, lack of silence due to music streaming, podcasts, audiobooks, etc. We are being trained out of being able to handle stillness and silence, and our brains aren't designed to handle constant anxiety and jumping of attention from thing to thing without a feeling of completion. Basically all streaming services now autoplay, most popular games are infinite.
Technology addiction is a real thing.
via: ShutterstockStudies have shown that people who have a conversation with a new person while their phone is nearby report making a less meaningful bond with that person because they were thinking about checking their phone. Furthermore, research has shown the getting a phone notification gives us a small hit of dopamine to our brains, the same sensation of happiness we get from drugs. Basically, we are addicted to constant notifications and instant gratification and it's getting in the way of our human relationships.
America's favorite sport may not age well.
via: Shutterstockuniversal_cynic thinks football will be banned for our own good:
I love football, but I think people looking back in 100 years will think we are savages. It's a brutal sport that is proven to permanently destroy athletes brains and body functions. And yet I cheer them on each week.There was once was a time when every American wanted their kid to be a football star. Now, 50% of American parents say they won't let their kid play football for fear of injury.
Research shows that continuous head trauma sustained by football players can cause neurodegenerative diseases.Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a term for brain damage that occurs after repeated blunt impact like what someone would have after playing football for a long time. According to a 2017 study, of 111 football player's brains that were examined 110 of them had CTE. CTE can cause memory loss, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and dementia. It's no wonder many parents aren't eager to see their kids make the NFL these days.
Maybe our entire work structure is going to look bad soon.xsladex thinks:
8 hour work days. It doesn't sound like it's would be bad but you gotta take into consideration a couple hours travel time to and fro. So 24 hours in a day 10 hours work related Supposed to get 8 hours of sleep That leaves you with 6 hours of time with your kids, meals, chores around the house cooking, cleaning taking the mutt out. I'm sorry but this isn't work life balance.
Is the 8 hour work day bad?
via: ShutterstockThe 8 hour work day was created during the industrial revolution to help workers not have to spend so much time doing hard labor. Eight hours being the standard meant many workers were no longer forced to work day-long shifts doing things like welding smokestacks together (full disclosure I have no idea what people did during the industrial revolution). But in this day and age, when most people work in offices at desks, the 8 hour work day might actually be making us less productive. Studies have shown 8 hours is just too long to work, we can't be productive for 8 hours straight, so we tend to start slacking off early. The same is true for long stretches of time without vacations. European companies tend to work less hours, but have the same level of productivity as Americans. That's because they are able to stay focused during their shorter day while Americans get distracted.
Less recess=bad news.
via: Shutterstockmogy-bear thinks that we will really regret not letting kids be kids:
Children's play is being increasingly cut out of schools and early years programming in an attempt to cram in more "academic" content. Thing is, young children learn more from play (including academic skills) than from classroom settings and flash cards. We're going to see much higher levels of developmental delays and mental health issues over the next few decades unless something changes soon.Another user, barefoot_contessa, chimed in:
I can tell you, as a teacher, it's already happening. Behavior issues are crazy, and the playground is where a lot of the issues happen. The kids literally don't know how to play with each other. It's astounding.
Kids need a break.According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development." And yet, some schools have completely done away with recess or reduced it dramatically. Kids might be feeling the effect of this for a long time. But luckily many parents and school districts are starting to realize this. Some states have enacted laws that require every school to have mandatory 20 minute recesses every day. Personally, I remember having two, sometimes three recesses a day (depending on how much of a break the teacher needed, probably), but it's a start.
How you listen to music may be hurting you.
via: ShutterstockMarsUDropout writes:
Hearing loss from ear budsAre earbuds ruining our ears? Well, maybe. According to Dr. Robert A. Dobie, a clinical professor of otolaryngology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio interview for a Time Magazine article, the problem isn't with the earbuds themselves, but how we use them.