The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc upon our daily lives. Although the wearing of masks when ill is a rather common sight in countries like China and Japan, people all over from Europe to the Americas had to adjust a totally different reality.
The cool thing: Masks have quickly become a bit of a fashion statement. I own one with a Nintendo controller pattern on it myself!
After Redditor carrchase0124 asked the online community, "What is another reason you like wearing a mask in public?" people came forward with their reasons.
"I had a dentist appointment..."
I had a dentist appointment before going to the grocery store the other day, no one could tell if I was drooling from being numb.
Alternatively, if I'm listening to music no one can tell if I'm mouthing the lyrics to all the good bits.
"A few of my patients..."
A few of my patients said it covers their bad teeth and they feel like they can laugh and smile more with other people without feeling self-conscious.
It covers my adult acne.
"I think that's pretty funny..."
I used to smile at people when I passed them in public and it would make them smile back at me. Now I still smile because I forget that a mask is covering my face. When I walk away I always remember and think that the person thinks I was staring at them. I think that's pretty funny so I enjoy wearing a mask out in public.
I'm really uncomfortable and self-conscious of my face, especially the lower half. Honestly I wouldn't mind wearing a mask in public all the time, even if/when this passes.
"I'm an introvert..."
I'm an introvert, so it's like getting to hide in plain sight.
"I can freely mutter to myself..."
I can freely mutter to myself without fear of people seeing my lips moving.
"I work in retail..."
I work in retail and I love not having to fake smile at customers.
"I wear glasses..."
I wear glasses and they fog up if I don't breathe in and out really slowly, so every time I wear one I feel like Darth Vader.
"People are less likely..."
People are less likely to recognize me at the Trader Joe's my sister worked at, and I don't have to partake in small talk I'm not interested in.
I love Trader Joe's, just hate being distracted from my mission.
"Because I can wear it..."
Because I can wear it in a public restroom. Less smell and I always thought if I could smell it poo particles were getting in my nose and mouth.
"This way they can't actually see..."
I have resting b!tch face and it only gets more obvious when someone says something stupid to me, and I deal with a lot of stupidity. This way they can't actually see the overall wtf? face I'm giving them.
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