Perhaps it was different where you came from, but where I grew up, we worked with the cashier. It was our food after all and besides, it saved time for you, the cashier and the poor sap behind you. Now people mindlessly stand there, plastic card in hand, wishing she’d move a little faster.Possible Societal Implication? We’ve become spoiled, apathetic babies who will soon expect the cashier to cook our food and spoon-feed it to us.
2. Men Started Shaving their Chests
I’m not sure when smooth chests became de rigueur but its a little weird. What’s with the need to be totally hairless? I, for one, find chest hair on a man to be a sexy thing. Then again, women have been aiming for baby-like hairlessness for quite a while so why shouldn't men experience the “joy” of a good hot waxing?Possible Societal Implication? We’re desperately trying to escape the fact that we are, in essence, hairy beasts. Or we’re trying to become babies again. Our constant pursuit of youth (which hairlessness signifies, I guess) affects men as well as women. Even babies are feeling ancient.
3. Vehicles Began Making Too Many Sounds
I won’t even get into the horrendous and needless noise pollution created by useless car alarms or the myriad of chirps constantly going off as people try to figure out how to activate them. I’m trying to figure out when it became mandatory that all trucks go “beep beep beep” when in reverse. Why didn't we get to vote on that? What, were blind people and children getting plowed down left and right before this new form of audio torture?
Possible Societal Implication? We're overly regulated and no longer know how to use a rear-view mirror.
4. Libraries Became Noisy
It may be different where you live but our library is no longer allowed to enforce a silence policy. Our library in the summer makes a Chuck E. Cheese on a Saturday seem tame. What’s next? Keggers in the church? Orgies in the classroom? Is no space sacred? Libraries used to be a sanctuary – a place for the mind to settle and focus. Now children run in maniacal circles while their parents talk loudly on their cell phone (on the other side of the library. Shhh...they don't want to be disturbed!)
Possible Societal Implication? We’ve lost any sense of self-discipline or sanctity of space. The need to spill over has become so widespread, that you’ll probably bring a cell phone with you to your grave. (Reception sucks 6 feet under, by the way.)
...oh and many of our kids have become undisciplined monsters.
5. Antibacterial Products became Commonplace
Clean wasn’t clean enough for the anal-retentive, sexually fraught homemaker. Germs are everywhere and this is war! If she could scour her hands with bleach, she would. But for the time being, these industrial strength germaphobe products will protect her from all the dirty, invisible things out to get her.Possible Societal Implication? The idea of uber-sterile cleanliness has become an obsession because we’re control freaks and spend too much time indoors. And women need to be fucked better overall.
6. Our Workdays Went from 9 - 5 to 8 – 6
Even though the average workday is slowly becoming a thing of the past, it's very Big Brother that our 9 – 5 slowly morphed into an 8 – 6. As if we wouldn’t notice! But we didn't, really. Now Dolly Parton’s tune sounds almost antiquated.
Possible Societal Meaning? We're still a slave to the man.
7. Those Stupid Blow-up Christmas Things were put on Lawns
Come on. They’re not cute. They’re not quaint. They’re stupid and tasteless. I don’t even think kids like them.
Possible Societal Meaning? We are inundated with such generic nonsense that we’ve lost any sense of aesthetics or taste.
8. People Stopped using their Turn SignalsWhat, are they too good for you? Well, then don’t trouble those tired little fingers of yours. I’ll use my telepathic skills instead.
Possible Societal Meaning? Turn signals indicate a sense of consideration and concern for the other. That’s going, going, gone.
9. Parents started Talking on their Cellphones While Pushing a Baby Stroller
My brother mentioned this one. He wondered whether a child subconsciously feels the disconnect that happens when a parent mindlessly pushes a stroller while talking on the phone. Regardless if you believe it, one thing for certain: this is not quality parent/child time.
Possible Societal Meaning? Our cell phones have a life of their own at this point. They're stuck between our legs, plastered to our face and checked maniacally. Our need for connectivity has made us extremely disconnected. And sure, kids feel that.
10. People began using Giant Plastic Wheelbarrows for a Day Trip to the BeachEvery summer I watch men and women break their backs lugging these massive plastic wheelbarrows packed to the gills. Can anybody pack light anymore? Do you really need the effin' kitchen sink with you? Those same people insist on air-conditioned rental units with cable television and internet service. Why leave home at all? Pesky nature, not cooperating with your needs again!
Possible Societal Implication? Gluttony and dependency on stuff to the nth degree. We all need dumped in a jungle with a compass and Swiss Army knife.
11. Food Became Too Orange
Have you seen a Cheeto lately? It’s not just orange: it’s shockingly orange. Listen, I can pig out on snack foods with the best of them - I'm no health food nut. But you have to wonder how you can blithely consume something that may in fact glow in your intestines.
Possible Societal Implication? We’re all going to hell in a neon orange hand basket.
Your intestinal tract after too many Cheetos