Outlandish to Ordinary: 10 Cultural Norms We’ve Adopted

Do you ever look back to the past and think about how different life was just 15 years ago? It’s amazing to reflect on all the advancements in technology, fashion, and lifestyle that have changed since then. But it’s also interesting to consider which things were rejected at the time but are considered completely normal today.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some exciting changes and delve deeper into what was once Alice-In-Wonderland science fiction but has become “normal” within a single generation. 

1. Online Dating

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One user said, “Online dating is becoming the norm vs. going out and meeting people. Also, using apps to make friends.”

2. Getting Into Cars With Strangers

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One user shared, “Getting into cars with strangers.”

Another user replied, “Back in the early 1900s, it was normal to hitchhike.”

One user commented, “There were only three guys with cars; we’ve ruled out Gerald and Johann. Greg was the murderer.”

Another added, “I myself hitchhiked thousands of miles back in the 80’s.”

3. Anime

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“Anime became mainstream in the US in the 90s. Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Pokemon were all hugely popular,” one user shared.

One user commented, “You’re confusing mainstream with just being introduced to a wider audience. It wasn’t nearly as popular or mainstream as it is now.”

The OP responded, “I mean, maybe not everywhere, possibly, but it was here. I literally don’t know of anyone I grew up with who didn’t watch one of those. And not just nerds; I know a few guys who went on to military careers that were total DBZ nuts. And a lot of girls were into Sailor Moon. And literally, everyone either watched or at least played Pokemon on Gameboy.”

4. Acknowledging Mental Health

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One user posted, “Having mental health issues.”

5. Criticizing Capitalism

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“Openly criticizing capitalism,” one user shared.

One replied, “I’d say Occupy Wall Street wouldn’t fly today if it could even happen again.”

6. Living With Parents

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One user posted, “Living with parents.” 

7. Skinny Jeans

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“Skinny Jeans,” one user shared.

Another user commented, “No skinny jeans are frowned upon NOW.”

Another replied, “I’d say skinny jeans peaked ten years ago and have been on a slow decline since.”

One Redditor added, “That made me feel even older…”

8. Smartphones

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One user shared, “Carrying a computer around in your pocket.”

9. Cryptocurrency 

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One Redditor shared, “Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.”

10. Stock Buybacks

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“Stock buybacks. Before, It marked a company as mature and could no longer grow or have nothing better to do with its profits. Now, it is expected due to the cheap loans that were made available post-financial crisis,” one Redditor commented. 

Do you agree with the things listed above? Share your thoughts below!

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