Remember when George Costanza said that he would drape himself in velvet if it was socially acceptable?
Well, we all have things that we wish weren’t looked down upon as weird so we could do them in public.
But I guess we’ll have to wait a while for most of them to come to fruition…
What would you make socially acceptable if you could?
Here’s what AskReddit users had to say.
1. Just tell me.
“Asking a potential employer what the salary for a position is before jumping through 50 hoops with the application/interview process only to find out the pay sucks.”
2. I like your style.
“I’m a guy and I get a lot of flak for complementing people’s clothing.
I don’t think it’s weird, but apparently it means I must like men.
If you got nice shoes I’m going to say they’re nice shoes.”
3. Silence is golden.
“Being able to sit in silence with someone without it being awkward.
People shouldn’t feel obligated to come up with conversation, it makes interacting stressful. I do not believe in awkward silences, talk about something when it comes to you and conversations will feel way more real and interesting.
When you’re able to sit in silence with someone comfortably, I feel it shows you enjoy their company”
4. Just wave and then end it.
“Being able to just wave or say hi to people you hardly know.
There’s nothing worse than an awkward 5 minute “catch up” chat at the store with someone I haven’t seen in years.”
5. Entertain yourselves.
“If other people are at my house having fun but I’m tired, I just want to be able go to bed, but they can stay and have a good time.”
6. It’s taboo.
“Openly talking about your finances with other people.
A lot of people don’t realize they’re underpaid because nobody talks about wages. It’s so bizarre to me that it’s a “taboo subject”.
We all rely on money in some form, let’s just discuss it.”
7. I do it all the time.
“Eating alone at a restaurant or a solo movie trip.
I mean, sort of limited now due to covid, but before covid, when people would hear of me doing that, they said they felt terrible and how depressing that sounds.
I’m like, uhh…why? Just another day for me. Doesn’t feel weird or anything.
It’s quite nice to get away from constant chats and have a nice quiet meal while being out and about.”
8. Let your freak flag fly.
“Dressing however you want.
Makeup, dresses, medieval cloaks, whatever you want, regardless of gender too. That’d be nice. I think people should be able to wear whatever they want as long as it covers Things Most People Don’t Want To See.
Just walk around in cosplay if you want to. I wish everyone felt comfortable to dress however they would want to.”
9. Too much socializing.
“Taking a social time-out without having to smoke or occupy the bathroom.
My work day is 6-8 hours, its an open plan office, lunch is social, and I have at least an hour commute per day.
Thats at least twice my maximum social energy per day.”
10. A popular one.
“4-day work weeks.
We need a 32-hour work week with no pay cut.
I think productivity would stay the same.”
11. Sleep schedules.
“Being awake late at night and sleeping all morning.
I’ve been like this since I a kid. Circadian rhythm is just backwards. Can’t fall asleep before 3.
I wish people didn’t treat me like I’m lazy or something. I’m a pretty productive guy. I just get my work done while you are all asleep.”
12. You look great!
“Complimenting other men.
Sometimes, I just wanna tell a dude that his tie looks awesome.”
“I wish that people would stop conflating women not wearing makeup with being “unprofessional.”
I worked in a place where a girl was told she looked unprofessional when she didn’t wear makeup.
Okay, now it’s your turn!
In the comments, tell us what things you’d like to make socially acceptable.
We can’t wait to hear from you, friends!