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    20 Outdated Pieces Of Advice That Are Not Applicable To Our Lives Anymore

    "Keep everyone at a distance."

    Advice can be great, and there are plenty of people ready to offer it — unsolicited or otherwise. But some advice is just from an entirely different time in life.

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    And when redditor u/flamewolf393 asked, “What’s some outdated advice that’s no longer applicable today?” many had pieces of advice ranging from old-fashioned approaches to job-hunting and romance to ill-conceived health advice. Here are our best picks:

    1. "In fifth grade, we were told teachers in middle school and high school won’t even look at your work if it’s not in cursive."

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    "I've never had one teacher mention it since then." —u/JerHat

    2. "Keep a stiff upper lip."

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    "Only if you eventually want to have a breakdown. Get the help you need whenever you start to feel emotional/mental fatigue in order to avoid making the problem worse." —u/smaller-god

    3. "A girl should play hard to get."

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    "That is just old fashioned and quite sexist. If a girl wants to take the initiative, she should. If a boy would rather be turbulent, he should." —u/Joyful_Jiska

    4. “You can’t use the calculator because what are you going to do when you’re an adult? Walk around everywhere you go with a calculator?” —u/bilgerat78

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    5. "Don't talk to strangers on the internet."

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    6. "You shouldn’t live with someone before you marry them."

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    7. "Wait until after 11 p.m. to make a long-distance phone call."

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    "Because that's when the rates go down." —u/sambolino44

    8. "To get a job, just walk in with a good attitude and a printed copy of your résumé, and don't forget the follow-up phone call!"

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    "When hiring at my work, my boss specifically writes to never call in the ad. If anyone calls, I'm supposed to tell them the position is filled, because if they read the ad and still call, 'They obviously can't follow basic instructions.'" —u/mushimush36

     

    9. "Playing games on computers isn't gonna get you a job."

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    10. "I remember my teachers telling me, 'Don't study these new trendy subjects at university like media, video editing, tech, etc. You should focus on traditional subjects like literature, history,' and so on."

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    "Fifteen years after graduating with my BA and MA in English lit, I now work minimum wage in a shop. FML." —Negative_Splace

    11. "Stay loyal to the company you work for; your loyalty will help you get better pay/title/benefits."

    12. "Blood is thicker than water, which is outdated because the toxic version was used a lot to justify supporting toxic family members."

    13. "Don't bother learning to type. You'll only end up being a secretary!"

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    "Career advice given to my mother in the 1970s." —u/nsefan

    14. "Keeping your hand position while driving 10 and 2. Modern-day airbags have now made this the wrong and dangerous."

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    15. "When people say, 'Just be patient and love will find a way' — [that] was said in a time when people were outside a lot more. Nowadays someone can go to work and go home and sit at their computer every day for years without ever being even close to finding someone."

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    "I think nowadays you have to go out of your way to find someone. Or at the very least go out of your bubble and be social." —u/Agrochain920

    16. "Take off your Band-Aid during the night for deeper cuts and wounds so your wound 'dries out' for faster healing."

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    "This was advice mostly to avoid infections. Now that we have better and more access to disinfectants, it's actually better to keep your wound moist (e.g. with vaseline) for faster healing." —u/orangeGreenBrown

    17. "I was given a What to Expect When You’re Expecting book printed in the early/mid-'70s."

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    “Up to 1/2 pack of cigarettes a day is OK.” – u/catmom6353

    18. "Just work hard and you'll be rich."

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    "In recent decades, that's been a near impossible outcome." —u/peepjynx

    19. "Only use the internet after 6 p.m. because it's free then."

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    "This was mid-2000s, and with the phone company we had we only used the internet after 6 p.m. So bizarre to think that now." —u/HopefulRaconteur

    20. And finally, "Keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer."

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    "Nope. Keep everyone at a distance." —u/TheLastHeroHere

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