19 Dangerous Things in Society We’re All Pretending Are Fine

In an ideal world, bad behavior would be called out and stopped. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. A recent online survey asked, “What toxic behavior has been normalized by society?” Here are the top 19 responses.

Disposable vapes

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“Throwing disposable vapes with lithium batteries in the trash like they’re burger wrappers.”

“I bought one of those once. Never thought too much about how those, in particular, were so wasteful until it died the same day I bought and realized people are just throwing those things away daily.”

Hustle culture

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“The only reason I’m even remotely sane is because of making/playing music. I never wanted to be famous or do it as a career. It’s just a creative thing I can do purely for pleasure. (Not that I’m criticizing people who do it for a living. I’m extremely glad there are people who do!)”

“One of the worst parts of American culture, in my opinion, is that if you’re not being financially productive, what you’re doing has no value. It’s absurd.”

Being underpaid

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“I can either have a life and not have any life savings or have life savings and not live a life. I generally chose to live a life. I’ll at least get a pension when I retire.”

“Lucky to get a pension, rare these days.”

Overworking

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“The number of jobs I’ve worked at where overtime was a badge of pride and honor was odd to me. I had one job STRONGLY hint that over time was in ‘everyone’s best interest.’ I refused because I was going to school online full-time. Needless to say, I was fired not long after I started.”

“I work at a corporate office that does not give the 24th of December off.”

Self-diagnosing mental health issues

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“Yes, this. One girl keeps saying she has OCD when she doesn’t. I asked her if she even knew what it meant, and she said Obsessive Cleaning Disorder… (I actually have OCD, so this annoys me massively).”

“That’s what gets me, people self-diagnosing a real affliction to make them seem quirky or justify their bad behavior.”

Relying on advice from the internet

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“‘I did my research!’ A Google search does not replace years of medical school and years of practicing medicine. It also doesn’t replace seeing your own doctor who knows your medical history.”

“My ex used to post on Relationship Advice instead of talking to me about her problems. She brought it up, and all I could think was how toxic that was. She wasn’t a big user of Reddit and didn’t understand the atmosphere. I saw the post. Nobody ever said, ‘Hey, why don’t you talk to him about how you’re feeling?’”

Following influencers like sheep

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“I 100% agree. People only show you what they want you to see. I’m seeing this happen to someone close to me, and it makes me sad.”

“We went from celebrity worship to nobodies worship.”

Extreme political correctness

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“Seems like most the people who use ’empathy’ nowadays really mean ‘agrees with me politically.’ It seems pretty frequent to say ‘Bob lacks empathy’ when what they mean to say is ‘Bob doesn’t agree with me.’”

“Being called toxic if a statement is not 100% agreed by everyone.”

High social expectations

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“This. Being in a bad mood isn’t ‘toxic.’ It’s human. Leave me alone, I’m not in the mood to socialize today. Just let me call you back tomorrow.”

“I wish my friends would understand that if I don’t want to make plans, it’s not because I don’t want to see them. I have a finite social battery that gets used anytime I go out into public, whether it be school, work, or just going to the grocery store.”

Playing the victim

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“The self-victimization is such a mystery to me. When I have had nothing, my inner strength and self-reliance always come out like a beast. Me against the world, and I always win. Without that, I might as well curl up in a ball and die.”

“I strongly recommend the seven habits of highly effective people if you have never read it. Habit one is all about taking responsibility for your life. I read that chapter like ten times until it really sunk in.”

Ghosting

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“Something I never do. I’ve told multiple girls, “I’m sorry, but I’m just not interested,” after talking for a bit. Ghosting is cruel and cowardly, in my opinion.”

“A buddy of mine got ghosted, and when she reached back out to him after a month or two, she sent a wall of text. My friend responded with, “Who’s this?” and left it at that. The most savage text I’ve ever seen.”

Clapping while arguing

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“I immediately disengage if this begins. Such a cringey action to perform.”

“The moment someone does this, they have manifested to me that they are incapable of taking in any other viewpoint and that they have their assumptions on what I think already in place. The discussion ends briefly after.”

Screaming at service workers

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“Disagreement has somehow become the same as hate. Which is kind of ridiculous.”

“Honestly, if people understood this, then so much pointless drama and upset could be avoided.”

Treating human relationships like commodities

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“Ever use a dating app? They’re basically places to sell yourself as a product. To corporations, your thoughts, dreams, and feelings are no different from a tube of toothpaste.”

“Yep, dating, in general, has become very casual, business-like. To people who have trouble opening up to strangers, this kind of relationship is very hard to get into… the dating world nowadays feels pretty uncomfortable to people like me.”

Women abusing and shaming men

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“I’ve been there… It isn’t fun when you have folks try to find the rationale behind it, ‘I obviously deserved it,’ etc.”

“This is part of the problem. People don’t actually acknowledge it’s an issue, and the guy is often blamed for being abused. If you flipped the genders, the world would implode.”

Looking down on poor people

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“This is a really bad one in particular. Nobody’s truly above or safe from suddenly losing their income and stability, so why do we kick the unlucky for it?”

“I hate how society fails to open their eyes and realize how much of the crime they fear is caused by poor people just desperately trying to survive. If you solved the wealth inequality problem, you’d see crime rates for things like burglary, theft, robberies, drugs, and even murders plummet.”

Drinking excessively

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“Not only does alcohol cause cancer, but it also kills dignity too.”

“And ruins what would’ve been an amazing relationship.”

Videotaping emergency situations

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“People videotaping emergency situations rather than actually helping. I get that in some cases, video evidence is important, and there is some value in some cases (like assaults or damage to public property). I am talking about genuine emergencies where the person videotaping could actually be helping by taking action.”

“I don’t know if it’s because people are afraid of lawsuits or what. But people will film, watch, or walk away instead of just helping.”

Toxic masculinity

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“Literally 99.9% the time when a woman uses the ”man up” phrase, they are emotionally manipulating you.”

“Then they say things at the same time like, ‘Why are you so emotionally closed and unavailable?’”

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