According to wikipedia, From a sociological perspective, social norms are informal understandings that govern the behavior of members of a society. Social psychology recognizes smaller group units, such as a team or an office, may also endorse norms separate or in addition to cultural or societal expectations. In other words, norms are regarded to exist as collective representations of acceptable group conduct as well as individual perceptions of particular group conduct. They can be viewed as cultural products (including values, customs, and traditions) which represent individuals’ basic knowledge of what others do and think that they should do.[
A social problem is a condition in which a good number of people in the society sees as being undesirable. In many societies any thing or event deviating from what is expected is termed a social problem. Below i will give you reasons why some societal norms are bad and should not be followed. This is an except from the popular blog thought catalog.
1. Norms do not allow you to think straight.
Due to societal norms all your thoughts and actions are on autopilot, that is you fear to deviate from what you are expected to do.
2. You see life as linear. But in reality, life is not about moving forward in a linear fashion; it’s about spiraling around, upward, and evolving.
3. You don’t follow your true passions. The world says get a job, so you get a job. Or if you are the rebellious type, you don’t get a job you become an entrepreneur. The reality is, you don’t need to do either. You can pursue whatever dream you have..
4. You choose comfort and convenience over adventure. The world says live in a house and be a part of a community. So you buy or rent your house and blend in comfortably with your surroundings. But in reality, you could live in a houseboat, bus, hay-bale house, or even an ice-cream truck.
5. You have a more negative mindset. Norms say that crap happens and bad things are a part of life. Sure, but if that’s what you focus your thoughts and energy on, then that’s what you’ll create. But what if you believed that everything that happened to you was utterly fantastic? There was no ‘crap’, no ‘bad’, just amazing. Change your mindset, change your life.
6. You become goal-obsessed and never satisfied. Social norms say you must have goals and be constantly striving. So you set yourself goals, you strive, and you achieve. You spend your life striving only to forget about the only thing you have, which is this moment, right now.
7. You become dependent on technology. The world says you should have a mobile phone, t.v, radio, washing machine, and especially electricity. The reality is, generations have survived just fine without electricity let alone mobile phones.
8. You focus more on capturing experiences rather than living them. The world is filled with social media, so you share everything on the internet, take pictures until your Instagram account is filled with your every move (and food pic). Well, this leaves little room for mystery now doesn’t it?
9. You create inauthentic friendships. Social norms say that you need to have friends. So you scramble to make friends and worry about who they are and what they think of you. In reality, it doesn’t matter how many friends you have or don’t have. If you prefer a big group or a solitary lifestyle, what matters is that you’re happy and your relationships are genuine.
10. You worry too much about your outer appearance. You are told you need to take care of your self, which is good. But it’s become too much. You worry about what others think of you, you lose confidence, and you’ve forgotten that self-care shouldn’t be a chore.
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