We live in a society, and as such, there are certain rules — social norms, if you will — that we all need to adhere to. You cover your mouth when you cough. You tip your waiter for doing a good job. And you always always always hold the elevator door, especially for someone trotting and spilling their coffee and letting their papers fly all about them because they're in such a rush to make that 9 o'clock meeting.
But all of those social norms have a purpose — its easy to see why we'd adhere to them. There are a lot of social norms that are just... nonsense. Pointless. Ridiculous, even.
Now, all of these useless social norms have been collected in an AskReddit thread, which polled the internet on the social norms they find simply baffling. So now, we present the social norms that just need to end. They don't do anything for anyone, least of all that poor disheveled man who is definitely going to be late for his 9 o'clock meeting.
So banal.Co-worker: "Hey, how are you?" Me (dying inside, pounding migraine): "Great. how are you?" Co-worker (reeling from the sudden death of his mom): "Good thanks." - MissSangwitch
Gotta look good for Sally in Accounting.Requiring employees that sit in an office all day to dress up in business attire. Who are we trying to impress? - killerjags
We deserve to sneeze in silence.I can't stand when I sneeze and a thousand people all shout "BLESS YOU." Like, damn, I just want to sneeze without drawing attention to myself. - Mega_Mans_Pet_Cat
If this social norm went away, no one would ever go to another Christmas party.I think it’s weird that saying a simple “no" is rude. Like I was invited to a Christmas party, I do not want to go. I made up a big excuse as to why I can’t come so I don’t come off as rude. I wish I could simply say “no I don’t want to go, but thank you for inviting me." - BostonTerrrier
Friends are what make things matter.Spending time by yourself is considered "doing nothing" but if you have plans with others it's not. - mrmonster459
Are they too sad to get Christmas cards?I was told that it's not acceptable to send a Christmas card to someone who's experienced a death in their family within the last year. Can't believe I was reprimanded for not knowing this "rule" and for having offended the recipient by doing what I believed was a thoughtful gesture of goodwill. - Back2Bach
We're getting nowhere.You're in a public place and you run into someone you know but haven't talked to in a while: You: "Oh hey, how's it going?" Them: "Hey! Not to bad, yourself? What've you been up to?" You: "Oh not much, work and such. [Insert one small single sentence fact about yourself here]. You?" Them: "I get that. Pretty much the same for me, [insert small fact about them here]. We should get together and catch up sometime!" You: "Absolutely! I'll talk to you later!" Them: "Yea, see ya!" And then you never talk again. - GrilledStuffedDragon
Sometimes I just like to listen to my thoughts, is all.People expect you to smile and talk all the time. When you don't, you are either seen as angry, depressed or something else negative. - MinimalBarker
"You make how much?!"Talking about salary being so taboo. - Brainsonastick
So we're against — *checks notes* — emotional maturity.The fact men are viewed as “weak“ if they show any sign of emotional struggle. I’ve had an ex-female friend tell me she lost respect for me because I asked someone for their opinion on an issue rather than being a “man“ and figuring it out on my own. - Racing_in_the_street
Also PG-13 gets one F-word.How quite a bit of violence is rated PG-13 but anything sexual is an automatic R rating. - SquidCultist002
Sally in Accounting thinks they look smart.Ties are so odd. "Hi, you can tell I am a professional because this thin fabric tied around my neck." - mkicon
Blood is not any thicker than water, actually.Obligation to family regardless of how they treat you and how you feel about them. - Fluttermun
Pretty strange that fathers treat their daughters like valuable Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.
via: ShutterstockFathers giving away their daughters to their new husband as if they’re property. - maango__jee