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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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    Social Norms

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Stereotype

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

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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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    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 6 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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    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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    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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    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 70+ 3 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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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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    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

    so here lately ive been a complete mess. my words keep getting turned around and replacing r's with w's and adding extra letters to my words. i keep losing my words. sometimes i...
    Aeril Aeril 18-21, F 8 hrs ago

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    i'm socially awkward, i cant make new friends
    charithaamc charithaamc 26-30, M 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    Summer's here! So while I lay here in the sun doing absolutely nothing productive, I'll answer any questions. But u have to ask them here. Don't private message them. I won't...
    y2kgirl y2kgirl 18-21, F 6 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    Ask me some questions and I will try to answer all of them.
    theoppositedirection theoppositedirection 13-15, M 3 hrs ago

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    You can ask me any question you like.
    SummerLoveAlmost18 SummerLoveAlmost18 18-21, F 10 Responses 43 mins ago

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    Ask me any question you want, and I will answer as long as I don't find it to be extremely inappropriate.
    mmshann759 mmshann759 18-21, F 2 Responses 15 mins ago

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    I can't remember who said this but a few people asked me to talk about myself more. I didn't know what to say so I'll do this for now. 1. Name? No. 2. Male or female? I'm a girl...
    missfiona missfiona 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    the #1 thing I dislike when going to the salon is the conversation I'm forced to have with the hairdresser...she'll ask 30 million questions then 20 million secondary conversations...
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    1. Name? - K 2. Male or female? Female, or as my husband claims, gnome. 3. Were you named after anyone? Nope! Not even Christ. 4. Does your name mean anything? "Christian." I...
    GeorgeSands GeorgeSands 31-35, F 2 Responses May 13

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    Because boredom and I need stories. 1. Name? Just call me Smiles from now on lol 2. Male or female? 'Tis a secret. 3. Were you named after anyone? Probably not. 4. Does...
    AnonSmiles AnonSmiles 16-17 1 Response May 3

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    There's this guy I like, and I only see him during lunch period. I feel like he likes me because we make eye contact a lot and a whole bunch of other crap that's happened before. I...
    gunawannalatte gunawannalatte 13-15, F 5 Responses May 7

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    I truly hate how I can. never find the guts to speak to people unless they ask me a question, or how I get panicked attacks when I'm around a large group of people .
    nameless200 nameless200 18-21, F 4 Responses May 9

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    Us and Them Most of us going here and there through our days and lives don't spend too much of our time conscious of our differences. Oh we know that they're there - at least we...
    ToughEddie ToughEddie 36-40, M May 11

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    I didn't know how bad my social anxiety was until recently. It has effected me negatively in the following.. I recently declined a career altering job interview because I was just...
    kikimayes kikimayes 22-25, F 5 Responses May 16

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    Am I just boring? What's wrong with me? I don't particularly enjoy anything. I have struggled with depression in the past, and although nobody is really cured of depression perse...
    loudxintro loudxintro 18-21, F 1 Response May 17

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    What is you biggest fear? just curious.. Im doing a Social Experiment!
    Ifonlycr Ifonlycr 18-21, M 6 Responses May 21

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    I'm quite the anti social in public. I talk to a few people I know online but otherwise I'm very closed socially. people didn't like me in school because I never talked. I was...
    missmaymay missmaymay 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    my social anxiety ruin my everyday life. i am living in a very conservative society. peoples here can't understand the emotional variations of S.A.D. they only accept normal...
    californiaproject californiaproject 22-25, M 1 day ago

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    I have always been socially awkward ever since I was younger and I spent almost all of my high school years just trying to fit in. I did 'fit in' for a while. It wasn't that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 8

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    So I guess this has been a long term, like almost my entire life experience. Ever since grade school I haven't had many friends, and the ones I did, I think they were just using me...
    ImOnlyMe84 ImOnlyMe84 26-30, F 1 Response May 17

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    Today my social anxiety strikes again. I got involved with speaking in front of my colleagues at work. I got so nervous, my hands and my lips started to shake uncontrollably and...
    Armdrifter Armdrifter 31-35, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    In course, I see the new faces coming in and witness how natural it is for them to fit in within the first week. For me, it took months to start talking and socialising. Even then...
    PaxTerra PaxTerra 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Even back whenever I was a child I use to avoid social situations. If I have a social engagement coming up I will worry about making sure I do not come across as weird. I worry...
    imdebbie87 imdebbie87 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I am autistic, since childhood, I've always been at home. from friends that I've somehow managed to make, I never really connected or even hung out with them, besides school.I...
    omss omss 18-21, M 1 Response May 3

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    It's not that obvious. I'm not really super lonely in which I don't have friends...but real friends? Like the ones who will really stay by your side because you have developed and...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 2 Responses May 4

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    I have extreme social anxiety due to peers bullying and abusing me. I was normal to begin with. So, it all started when I was about 5. I was living in gapview trailer park. And...
    fallenangel0421 fallenangel0421 13-15, F 3 Responses May 4

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