Why do we do that?
Humans are weird.
Whether you think about it all the time or the thought hasn’t crossed your mind, it’s true, we are a weird species. Over thousands of years, based on how and where we evolved, we’ve developed an entire planet of people, languages, cultures, and customs. Half the time, we only do the things we do because that’s the way our ancestors did it.
But our blind acceptance of some of these behaviors and traditions—not to mention some of the song-and-dance routines we do daily merely be polite—can result in some truly awkward, WTF moments. Why do we do these things, anyway?
People of Reddit were asked to share the totally acceptable behaviors that make them cringe the most. Which of these would you get rid of first?
Return the favor!
Not telling someone when there is something wrong with their looks that they can fix in a few seconds
I will tell people if they have food in their teeth, or if they have hair standing up, or whatever it is, as long as it is not on purpose and can be fixed in seconds and/or a quick trip to the nearest mirror. (waterloograd)
I get pissed when I find out there was something wrong and no one told me.
Wtf is kind about letting me walk around looking stupid?
Like wise, if I said something that upset you I’d rather you tell me then harbor a grudge.
I think people confuse or mask their anxiety or discomfort with “empathy.” (UVSky)
Just another bite…
Forcing food on people. If I tell you I don’t want food or I’m full, please believe me. It’s awful trying to go on a diet when your coworkers keep trying to force you to eat the office cupcakes. If you tell them you’re on a diet, they feel compelled to reassure you about your weight. If you try to politely decline food, they keep asking you “Are you sure? Just one cupcake won’t hurt.” There’s no winning. (bitterlyyours)
What to expect when you’re not expecting
We have one child. She is 6. People constantly ask me if I’m having another. I say sure & leave it at that. Then it becomes “Why haven’t you had one yet? Is it you? Does your husband not want any?” I’m polite still & say “It just hasn’t happened yet. But thanks” Then it’s followed with “Why though? She’s big already. You don’t want a large gap. Have you been trying?”
Seriously. I hate that I’m too polite to say the truth. That I’ve had 6 miscarriages already so just leave me alone about it.
Edited to add: Most assume it was a female who asked this. Nope. A male coworker! Thanks for all the positive replies! (dontcryshopgrl)
This is EXACTLY why I don’t ask anyone about their reproductive plans unless they bring it up first. (sugarandmermaids)