21 things society forces you to accept as ‘normal’, even if they’re creepy

Many aspects of our daily lives seem to be considered “normal” by us – but when you step back and think about them, they’re actually pretty creepy.


Well, this week, a Viral Reddit thread Ask the internet to say things that seem normal enough…until you stop and think about them. So, without further ado, here are some “normal” things that might actually make your skin crawl:

1.“The Pledge of Allegiance. You Americans grew up this way, and you’re used to it. You don’t know how creepy it looks to outsiders. A whole classroom of kids, being asked to blindly recite the Pledge of National Loyalty every day. Ahh. .”


Group of children reciting oath with hands over heart in classroom

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2.“Father is overly concerned with daughter’s virginity.”


3.“When you’re in a place of worship and everyone starts praying out loud together. It feels cult.”


4.“The way paparazzi treat celebrities.”


A group of paparazzi holding their cameras to their faces

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5.“Family YouTube channel. It’s just so weird to me that parents put their kids’ entire lives on YouTube. So are family TikTok accounts. Anything parents try to make their kids famous is so weird and creepy , to be honest, it’s wrong.”


6.“When people post another person’s baby online.”


7.“Stroking a pregnant woman’s belly. It’s creepy if it’s a stranger asking to ‘feel the baby’s kick’.” Doubling if they don’t ask permission first. “


Hand holding belly of pregnant woman in sweater

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8.“When parents say to girls, ‘Don’t wear that [adult male figure] ended. ‘ It’s too bad to put it on a girl’s head in the first place. Secondly, how did this person TF enter your house? “

—u/Dusty Brutus

9.“Access the locations of all your friends anytime.”

– You / Lotrod

10.“Maps on Snapchat…I’ll never enable it; it’s weird.”


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11.“Have a huge obsession with celebrities. Like stalking their social media and setting up a fan account for that particular celebrity. I once had a friend who was obsessed with Miley Cyrus.”


12.“People can be rich above the law.”


13.“Watching TV for hours. TV must have been watched by our souls staring at it for hours.”


A man sitting on the bed and clicking the remote

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14.“Every time I see the word ‘dad’ sexually, it creeps me out. I know it’s common, but it’s still disturbingly unhinged.”


15.“Schoolgirl fetish. Always thought it was creepy.”


16.“Forcing your kids to hug and kiss distant relatives they don’t even know.”


A woman holds a small child in the child's bedroom

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17.“When those people you’re not so comfortable with try to ask you for a hug with ‘What, I didn’t get a hug?’ Tactic. They don’t have to prompt you if you want to hug them…”


18.“When couples talk about how one of them is constantly chasing the other, the one they want ‘finally’ agrees.”

–u/them 0848

19.“Santa Claus. The fat guy sneaks into your house at night and only gives presents to the good boy he’s been watching so you can continue to be a good person, and you sit on his lap and whisper what do you really want? Creepy.”


A child sits on Santa's lap in front of a Christmas tree and fireplace as Santa points to his list

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20.“Venmo’s default privacy settings, I can see everyone’s transactions in my friends list! WTF!”


twenty one.“To me, the applause from the audience is weird and creepy the more you think about it.”


at last…

twenty two.“When people kiss family members on the mouth. It’s normal for them, but it’s really weird for the rest of us.”



You can read the full reply thread Reddit.

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.