Social customs are actions, behaviors, and standards that are shared and expected of a particular culture. For this reason, people from different cultures act and behave differently depending on their social customs. This is seen every day simply when greeting each other, because people from different places and cultures say hello in a number of ways. Many of these social customs are outdated though and should be retired.

When someone is seen alone, there’s typically a stigma attached to them, but this is one example of a social custom that needs to retire. People who are seen alone are assumed to be lonely, but most simply just enjoy their private time, so they’ll eat alone or see a movie alone. Also, another social custom that is moving to retirement, is the expectation that immediately after graduating high school, students enroll in college. Many students are breaking this and many social customs though, by pursuing their higher education in their own way.