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    Who the Hell Invented Ironing??

    Creaseless clothes, tableclothes, sheets, socks, undies etc - what a stupid, pointless thing for us to worry about!  I don't iron very often but I am annoyed that I feel the need to on occasion.  Do people really care if my children arrive at school with...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 18 Responses Sep 23, 2009

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    Facade (of Stones)

    I have no idea what social norms are anymore.  When I was young social norms were everywhere.  There seemed a clear set of well-defined social mores and rules, laid down by generations, that were only there to be laughed and sneered at.  Rules vs social stigma.  The older I...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 Mar 29, 2011

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    Social Norms

    I came across this as I tend to question the society. Social Norms in my view can be corrupt as well. I have became socially awkward since my childhood. Even my school reports it as well when I reread my school's record of achievement. Most So called Norms are not normal in my...
    Vinnie01 Vinnie01 31-35, M Mar 4, 2013

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    There Is No "norm"

    The beauty lies in the differences, the uniqueness.... The passions and traditions of other cultures and languages.... The way you are the only one who is uniquely you....that is beautiful... Follow your own truth and be open to learn about others' truths, there are many...
    CoracaoQuebrado CoracaoQuebrado 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 19, 2010

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    Many social norms are freaking stupid

    and I'm going to raise awareness that you can break these norms. You don't have to do what everyone else is.
    IllusionaryGentleman39 IllusionaryGentleman39 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 17

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    I Don't Shave Regularly

    What's the point?? There's a reason why hair grows there right? And my husband doesn't mind so I don't bother. However, if I do wear a dress or shorts I will shave but most of the time I wear pants so who cares. And my arm pits? I hardly ever shave those even if they are...
    loudamy loudamy 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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    Pink Is For Girls and Blue Is For Boys

    When my daughter was born I was very much against dressing her in pink or even dressing her in dresses.  Roj and I were addamant that our girl was going to grow up to me a women who was confident and unrepressed by a male dominant world.  We chose a femine but "...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 5 Responses Sep 23, 2009

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    The Individual And The Collective

    Paraphrasing one of my literary heroes, H.L. Mencken, my last words on the gallows will be to condemn collectivism in all of its forms. In the continuing struggle between "individualism" and "collectivism," you will always find me in the company of the former. I recall a...
    kayaker712 kayaker712 61-65, M 1 Response Jul 5, 2010

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    What Is Normal?

    I don't believe in "normal". We are all different and we all have pros and cons. I wish people wouldn't judge or hate.
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 8 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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    Hi All. What Time Does Norm Come By?

    I have some questions for him.(A thousand pardons if this joke has already been used.)
    Wilbury Wilbury 46-50, M Sep 1, 2011

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    Social Norms

    Social norms,Question 'em,These days,Standards,Where have they gone?
    stormcape3 stormcape3 46-50 Sep 5, 2012

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    Waxing and Shaving.

     Why do men and women need to shave/wax?  We really must have had plenty of time to develop new, pointless things occupy ourselves at some stage in our evolution!   P.S. I often go without shaving under my arms for weeks and go swim regularly at a public swimming...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 21 Responses Sep 24, 2009

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    Why Question?

    You shouldn't question social norms. You should try to understand them in context. All social norms make sense in their own context. You start 'questioning' when you really don't understand the context.
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Feb 8, 2010

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    Norms

    They annoy me. Sleep at this time, wake at this time, shower at this time, eat at this time, work at this time. I do not want to play by these rules. I need to do these things whenever I ******* feel like without other people's comments.
    Mediocre Mediocre 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 22, 2010

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    Who's In Control?

                Who regulates social norms anyways? Social norms are established to be seen as the way life has always "been." As time passes people change and these "norms" no longer fit accordingly to our society. I believe...
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 22-25 3 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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    Stereotype

      A stereotype is not forgetting.
    fascad3 fascad3 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 16, 2010

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    Guys And Their Legs.

    I'm not sure if this rates as a social norm or not but it is definitely something that seems to be universal amongest men in the western world...especially in rural areas. Men. They stand around in groups at parties, meetings, field days, other social events catching up with...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 105 Responses Feb 8, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    I will honestly answer all questions no matter how they sound !
    iamvictoriasecretforyou iamvictoriasecretforyou 18-21, F 10 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I don't know if I actually have social anxiety because I am too scared to mention my thoughts to my parents. I'm an insomniac and take medication for that. I'm almost positive...
    sk8rkm77 sk8rkm77 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Your personality type: "Harmony-seeking Idealist" Quietly forceful, original and sensitive. Tend to stick to things until they are done. Extremely intuitive about people and...
    NottsProfGent NottsProfGent 46-50, M 4 days ago

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    So, why doesn't our current democratic system work? In principle it seems like a sound option but in practice there is a lot to overlook. Primarily - and what most supporters of...
    Jugemu Jugemu 31-35, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Back in the times when technology had not taken over people's minds and lives, people used to live in colonies. As a group. Large cities were not prevalent then. So, each...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F 5 days ago

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    I'm perfectly fine talking in front of people. I have play theater whit audience over 400 people. I can talk to strangers and ask what time it is. But I can't go to parties or...
    Stanpines Stanpines 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When people act 'depressed' or think they have 'social anxiety' to fit in or do it for attention, when there are others out there who are actually diagnosed...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    i spend few hours a day for social apps such as twitter, viber, skype and ep. it balances my life between work and social life. i keep tract of my friends via message but social...
    Aaaashton Aaaashton 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Nobody is gonna read this but that's okay I'm just answering these questions cause I'm bored, like really really bored 1: Are you ready for 200 questions? I guess😭 2: Was your...
    EwItsMe EwItsMe 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    I think my conception of social justice is different from that of SJW's and leftoids. To me, social justice means people have an obligation to protect the most vulnerable members...
    BlotOutTheSun BlotOutTheSun 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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    While appreciating all the advice that I can get, I do not feel comfortable sharing my life on a social site.
    Soossie Soossie 51-55, F Aug 20

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    1.Who is your hero? I don't have one in specific. I have a few. 2.If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Somewhere in a foresty, rural place. 3.What is your biggest fear...
    hallow1331 hallow1331 13-15, F Aug 19

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    Social anxiety is being afraid of being judged, or not being liked by someone else. I hate having social anxiety. Is there medication for this?
    Abbyi25 Abbyi25 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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    Sweaty palms, unsteady hands, my body shaking, almost vibrating. I can feel my throat close up, I am unable to speak. My eyes get blurry, and I hold back tears. I experience these...
    awakenstarchild awakenstarchild 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 15

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    I think it started when I was 12 years old. At school it was tough, I was bullied and also one of my teacher was a complete jerk. After that I started to be afraid of people, and...
    Chesster90 Chesster90 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 14

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    I don't exactly see how starving oneself qualifies as social darwinism, unless one would be implying that the intentional disregard for one's body could lead to the betterment of...
    Mystixalmermaidofdoom Mystixalmermaidofdoom 16-17, F Aug 14

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    Logging on for a simple conversation gets lonely. Human interaction is scarce for me. Social Anxiety has ruled my life for a long while, causing social media to be my main form of...
    awakenstarchild awakenstarchild 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 13

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    Social life? What is that? Lol :p :) :/ :(
    Josimms23 Josimms23 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 13

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    I'm going off to college in a few days and have low expectations for a social life. I will probably spend most of my free time in the library. I'm already involved in a few...
    BlotOutTheSun BlotOutTheSun 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 13

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    but I try my best to pretend that I don't. I am a very friendly person and I love being around my close friends, but the truth is that more than half the time I am absolutely...
    hexgrl2k hexgrl2k 26-30, F Aug 13

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    I think social phobia is a more accurate diagnosis than social anxiety for me (correct me if I' wrong). I don't feel too anxious or panicky when in social groups but more afraid...
    peacesoullove peacesoullove 18-21, F Aug 12

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    So many people cuss at their phones saying how it's a nuisance. I say, they are the ones who cannot bring themselves up to handle themselves well. Anyway, I feel that phones are...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F Aug 12

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    So a couple of days ago, my guy friends (I have two really good guy friends), tried to reach out to me and pull me out of the shell I was rotting in. Me being me, at first I tried...
    SkylerAsh SkylerAsh 18-21, M 5 Responses Aug 11

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    Hi. I have found the way to lesson anxiety- and the only way without taking pills (that don't work anyway.) You know that feeling, where you feel as if there is a huge black cloud...
    junipery junipery 13-15, F 5 Responses Aug 11

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    I'm outside, waiting for the appointment with a letting agency. Lately my anxiety has gotten so strong I stay inside my apartment the whole time. I can't go out. I can't socialise...
    aeinhardt aeinhardt 18-21, M 2 Responses