There are many things in modern society that are generally accepted but would have been considered taboo as little as ten to twenty years ago.

But even in our supposedly progressive modern age, we still have a long way to go.

Far too many people are still hesitant or afraid to be open about elements of their life, fearing too many people wouldn't consider it "normal."

This idea piqued the curiosity of Redditor Sham-da-man, leading him to reach out to the Reddit community on what needs changing in modern society by asking:

"What needs to be normalized?"


Finding that work/life balance.

Choosing to leave a job during your probation period. The probation period is not just for the company to see if you’re a good fit, but for you to assess the company and see if you actually like it. A lot of employers tend to forget this, and then it is sometimes looked down upon on your CV unfortunately. - User Deleted

"Taking time off work when you’re sick."- HuffleSlut_.

"Being able to go home from work if your tasks are completed."

"Not at 10am because you don't have anything on your plate, but say at 3:45pm after you've busted it all day, completed your items, helped a few co-workers with some things outside of your scope, and are now browsing reddit because you're waiting on people to get back to you before you're able to proceed."- xLenny3x.

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It takes a real man to know...

"Men actually having feelings and not have to 'take it like a man'."- Gifigi600.

Sorry, can't help you!

"Not being available at all times."- INTPhoenix.

Saying 'I don’t know enough to have an opinion on this issue' or 'I don’t know'.- LiquidPenChamber1019.

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Table for one.

"Eating alone."- -lmayonnaise.

What are you up to?

"Taking time to do nothing!"- Liquidmetal7.

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That might be what YOU think, but...

"Being allowed to disagree with people in your community, and being allowed to agree with people outside your community."

"We are so polarized and political these days."- 604jmv.

Not ashamed to admit it.

'Mental health struggles.'

"Society has come a long way but we still have progress to be made."- JBAnswers26.

Arguably, there's another very pressing issue which needs to be normalized more than anything.

The overuse and expectations of the word "normal."

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