Millennials Shared The Lies Their Parents Told Them Growing Up, And I Think We All Need To Agree To Let These Lies Die Here And Now
I have so many questions...
Do you ever randomly reminisce about the lies you were told as a child that made absolutely no sense, yet you believed them anyway?
So without further ado, here are just 36 of the lies millennials were always told growing up:
1. "I was told that the AIDS virus was smaller than the pores in a latex condom, so you had to wait until you were married to have sex."
2. "That marriage is about friendship, and sex isn't particularly important. Those were the values my parents and teachers instilled in me."
3. "Get a bachelor's degree and you are set for life as far as a job or career is concerned."
4. "I was told to get a STEM degree and I'd be set, especially because I was a girl."
5. "My mom told me girls don't masturbate, lust, get horny, feel pleasure, or want to do anything else that men want to do. All men are horndogs who only want one thing, and all women hate them for it."
6. "The biggest lie we were ever told was that we needed to get a desk job to be successful and that it's shameful to work a trade job."
7. "My nanna told me that the 'I'm feeling lucky' button on Google would put a virus on the computer."
8. "That getting good grades in college will get you a job. Bullshit! What gets you a job are internships, volunteering, paid work experiences, and really good connections because employers want someone they know can do the job, or learn it quickly."
9. "Be loyal to your company. They'll take care of you."
10. "I was told that sex was a reward gifted by women to be bestowed upon deserving men."
11. Or this: "Men are always ready to have sex at any moment, and if they aren't, it obviously means there's something wrong with you or they're cheating on you."
12. "That you have to be able to do long multiplication and division all the time, and it's not like you're always going to be walking around with a calculator in your pocket."
13. "In elementary school during the 1990s to early 2000s, they taught us that once we reached high school and college, we were going to be expected to write in cursive for all assignments and essays."
14. "My mom told me from a young age that girls don't poop or fart, and thus, I was absolutely terrified to do either in public even if I desperately needed to. It doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that it caused such anxiety that I became constipated and couldn't poop, so it just started building up inside me, causing me to vomit after meals and go to the ER."
15. "That we would have flying cars by now."
16. "That unless I got perfect grades, I wouldn't be able to go to college unless I also had a full-time job."
"Instead, there are financial aid options for students from low-income families and student loans that let me pay for classes and rent. Also, I was told that university courses were just like high school classes, but more work every week and harder. It turns out that college is vastly different and much more to my liking."
17. "That we'd be able to afford to buy a house when we grew up if we worked really hard and got good jobs."
18. "My grandpa told me that the world was in black and white before color TV existed."
19. "Do it — if you don't, this will go on your permanent record."
20. "As kids, we were told that when the ice cream man came around in his van, wait to hear if he plays the song. If he does, that means he's got no ice cream left."
21. "That you need to define yourself by your job."
22. "The biggest lie of my lifetime was that all plastic is recyclable. It isn't and it hasn't been. Decades' worth of plastic that I thought was being recycled was actually being shipped overseas to be buried or burned."
23. "That everyone will go to college, finish by 21, and already be engaged and married soon after."
24. "This isn't that bad, but I was always told that the emergency lights in a car were child ejection systems."
25. "That turning on the lights in the car was illegal."
26. "That if I don't have my life figured out by the time I'm 25, then I have some serious problems."
27. "When I was young, I was told that if I played with my belly button, it would unravel and my insides would fall out."
28. "That the Dewey Decimal System is essential and that I would need to learn it to be successful in life."
29. "That money doesn't buy happiness."
30. "I was told that I would need to be in a romantic relationship to be happy. It turns out that I don't."
31. "I was told that student loans were GOOD debt, and they would actually benefit me by showing I went to college."
32. "There was a big fish that lived in the canal behind my house, and I was told that it hunted for the feet of children, so you should never walk on the banks of the canal because then it will grab your feet and eat you."
33. "That chewing gum stays in your stomach for seven years if you swallow it."
34. "That student loans are normal, so don't be afraid to go into debt."
35. "The entire food pyramid. Eat little to no fats and make sure you eat a fuckton of bread and pasta every day...that's stupid."
36. And finally, "That it will all make sense when you're older."
Do you have any lies that you were told growing up that have impacted the way you live to this day? Feel free to drop them in the comments!
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.