People Explain Which Things Are Acceptable In 2022 That Weren't When They Were Growing Up

Societal norms gradually change over time, and it's not until a generation looks back and notices just how far they've come.


One of the major differences people from earlier generations find fascinating is how things were much more rigid compared to current times.

Curious to hear examples of this, Redditor FCFSDeals asked:

"What’s now weirdly acceptable in 2022 that was not acceptable growing up in your generation?"

Prior to cellphones, calling protocol was vastly different once upon a time.

Answering The Call

"Not answering the phone. When we only had landline phones (yes long time ago), there was no ringing phone that went unanswered. Now we screen or just plain ignore calls until we are good and ready to deal with it."

– ekimlive

Respectful Hours

"Also, no one expected to reach you at any time, 24-7. I miss those days."

– techretary

Proper Etiquette

"But there was phone etiquette: no solicitation calls; no polls; and nobody called after 9PM unless someone was in jail or the hospital."

– Positive-Source8205

Appearance guidelines seemed to have shifted between generations.

Body Art

"People have already said tattoos, but body piercings also exploded in popularity. It used to be girls could get their ears pierced, and that was it. When I was in high school, some guys started doing the one earring look and tongue, nose and bellybutton piercings were starting to become popular."

– viderfenrisbane

Comfort Is Priority

"Wearing sneakers to work at a fortune 100 company."

"At the beginning of my career it was suit and tie, then business casual and now I wear stan smiths, jeans and an untucked polo in the most senior position of my working life."

– Big_Requirement_3540

Casual Political

"I worked for the US Senate in 2009 (in a totally non-political job for the Senate Curator). I wore clothes from Hot Topic on the Senate floor. Some days I wore old jeans with holes in the knees if I knew I'd be climbing ladders to clean artworks. One of the women on the team had a full chest tattoo and made zero effort to cover it up because no one cared. The day I met Senator Inouye to discuss what paintings he wanted in his office, I had on trainers."

– ballerina22

Benefits Of Letting The Hair Down

"They realized that they can't erode wages and expect us to look like we're on Mad Men at the same time. Allowing long haired freaky people has made them sh*tloads of money over the years."

– throwawayqw123456

Hair Coloring & Tattoos

"Any type of hair coloring would result in serious trouble at school. I also remember tatoos being frown upon as being found mostly on people that got out of prison."

– no_cause_munchkin

The advent of the internet was a huge game changer, and rules were made up as we went along.

The Bandwidth Situation

"2 people using the internet at the same time."

– ProfessorPanga

Phones In The Classroom

"Middle/high school students being allowed to have their cell phones in class. Being caught with our cell phone when I was a high schooler was an automatic detention etc."

– TrumpHairedHarambe

Consequences Of Having A Phone On Campus

"I graduated in the late 90's, and the president of my class got expelled one week before graduation for having a phone on campus. It was in his car, and this was after hours. It rang and a teacher heard it. They made an example out of him. He lost his admission to West Point."

"Now my 8th grader finds it super unjust that her science teacher makes all the kids put their phones in a box at the front of the room during tests, and feels super justified in never ever giving up her airpods to that sort of thing."

"Different world."

– electrolytesaregood

When I was a cast member at Disneyland in the early 2000s, we had to abide by the strict, clean-cut appearance guidelines required of all cast members–with different rules applying to each respective gender.

Men, for example, were not allowed to wear jewelry or have visible tattoos. We also had to maintain the length of our hair to not exceed past a certain length, and sporting facial hair was a major no-no.

Now, the "Disney Look" has changed, allowing all cast members to reflect their personalities through “gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles and costume choices; and allowing appropriate visible tattoos," according to the Disney Parks Blog.

To the Mouse, I tip my hat for these awesome changes.

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