5 Dangerous and Rude Habits TV and Video Games Teach

Five of the worst habits Americans have gleaned from television and video games are bad for themselves or others.

  • Shoes on furniture & body

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Putting the bottoms of your outdoor shoes on public seating, furniture, yourself and others is a fantastic way to get strangers’ spit, vomit, urine, feces, and garbage into your mouth. And you don’t have to be the offending person to be prety to this habit.

Anyone who brushes their butt off when leaving a public seat is susceptible to other people who put the bottoms of their shoes on seats.

I have seen outside shoes in saunas where some people don’t use towels (that’s another layer of grossness). When confronted with infractions of outside gear, the visitor defiantly replied, “Noted,” as she walked her dirty shoes to the higher-tiered seating and sat her outside jeans on the bench.

As in these photos I took, the girl later put her foot down, had her hands all over her lap and legs where that shoe touched. Before I could count to 20, she did put her hand in her mouth. More than once.

Below, this baby was walking on the chairs and table before it sat down. In a diaper. Yummy!

This happens with backpacks on the floor lifted to the lap, pets you walk outside or that use a litter box, then share your furniture or a bed. EW! People eat their food at and rest their hands on these tables.

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You do not know who did what to surfaces before you got there.

  • Toes Point Forward
Forward foot position causes ankle, knee, hip, and spine misalignments that cause pain and long-term damage. If you want to keep healthcare & insurance busy, point your toes forward.

Forward foot position causes ankle, knee, hip, and spine misalignments that cause pain and long-term damage. If you want to keep healthcare & insurance busy, point your toes forward.

WRONG. The skeleton is MEANT to have toes point slightly outward unless running, but TV and magazines will show you differently because of how it looks on-camera; pointing toes forward leads to knock-knees, improper ankle, knee, hip, and spine alignment leading to long-term injury. Know your skeleton & DO YOUR RESEARCH.

  • Walking barefoot in public
A perfect way to make sure you come into direct contact with spit, urine, feces, vomit, dead stuff, old food, garbage- you name it.

A perfect way to make sure you come into direct contact with spit, urine, feces, vomit, dead stuff, old food, garbage- you name it.

Seriously, this is the ultimate mindlessness. Cut yourself and what happens? Stupid. Then go home to your Sig’O and stick your toes in their mouth. Ew, again.

  • Standing still during or after intense cardio

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When working out or running hard, stand still without decreasing your heart rate and ask yourself what happens when you slam on the brakes of a tractor trailer filled with water. That’s what happens when your heart rate is up; blood and oxygen slam through your veins and lungs- and you act like a video game avatar bored and waiting. You are not standing up from your sofa, waiting for the traffic light to the fridge.

KEEP MOVING!

According to Heart.org, the average resting heart rate is 60-80 beats per minute, but it’s usually lower for physically fit people. It also rises with age. The maximum heart rate is approximately 200-190 bpm for healthy people between 20 & 30 years old.

Need proof? Here’s one example:

In 1984, at the age of 38, artist Patric Nagel (Duran Duran Rio cover art) participated in a 15-minute celebrity “Aerobathon” to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Afterwards, he was found dead in his car, and doctors determined by autopsy that he had suffered a heart attack.

  • Entitlement
Lesson in sharing &  waiting your turn to "be next"

Lesson in sharing & waiting your turn to “be next”

Strollers 2 or 3 abreast: Children are missing the skill of inferring their “turn”. They are growing up without the understanding of patience in the moment, understanding of the situation. I watched 3 young siblings squeeze through a retail doorway like the Three Stooges because that’s what they equated what was to be done.

Also witnessed often is groups of two or more people causing elderly folks to stand on lawns or in the street because the group doesn’t comprehend the politeness of moving into a single-file formation. Nonsense.

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