Over the years, surgical masks have become much like the kimono – they’ve become heavily-associated with the Japanese people. If you have ever been to the country, you will see numerous individuals, both young and old, wearing these facial coverings in public.
In some instances, being in an office feels like being in an operating room because of this popular fashion statement.
So what’s the reason for the widespread use of these surgical masks?
They’re using it as a preventive measure against disease, right? Or they’re already sick but still need to go to work or school, perhaps? Well not in all cases!
According to a blog post by RocketNews24:
“Health concerns are only part of the equation.”
Several studies have “revealed multiple reasons people in Japan wear masks that have nothing to do with hygiene,” according to the website.
For example, while a 46-year-old mother admits that she wears a mask to prevent getting ill during cold winter months, her high-school-age daughter has a different reason than her.
The mom said:
“She puts on a mask and sticks headphones in her ears so that people won’t bother her. It makes it harder for them to start talking to her.”
Juvenile psychologist Jun Fujikake has come up with observations similar to that.
“When we deal with others, we have to judge whether to do things like smile or show anger. By wearing a mask, you can prevent having to do that. The trend of wearing a mask to prevent directly dealing with other may have roots in the current youth culture in which many of them are more accustomed to communicating indirectly through email and social media.”
Meanwhile, some professional models have said that they also use masks after washing off their makeups at the end of photoshoots. Other women likewise wear masks when they need to go for an errand (such as a quick grocery stop) so they won’t have to wear lipstick or any makeup anymore.
No wonder, the Japanese market is full of surgical mask sellers offering a wide array of products to customers.
Interestingly, many are marketing their masks as fashionable accessories while other disposable ones even come with different flavors.
So if you’re going to Japan some time soon, feel free to wear a mask. It’s the trend!
Do You Act Like an Idiot at the Restaurant? Find Out Here.
Don’t be the customer that restaurant servers hate.
We presume that you like eating out once in awhile. Who doesn’t, right? That means no washing of the dishes after all!
So when you’re finally at the restaurant, are you confident that you’re dining etiquette does not make you look like a fool or make others around you cringe in embarrassment for you? You might be surprised at the common actions done by diners that make them look stupid when dining outside.
Consider this your dining etiquette 101:
1. Snapping your fingers at the server
16 Different Ways People Drink Coffee All Over the World
How do you like your coffee? Let’s take a tour of the many wonderful ways people drink their coffee!
Coffee is one of the most universally-loved drinks in the world. In fact, people don't consider their morning routine complete until they've had their first cup of Joe. However, this ritual changes from person to person and from culture to culture.
Here are some of the ways people like to consume their coffee all over the world.
They like to pour hot coffee over chunks of juustoleipä or cheese curds. Don't knock it til you've tried it!...
Nurse Gets Fired By Bosses After Tagging His Friends On This Video
Apparently, his bosses deemed it NSFW.
We’ve always been warned about being careful about what we share on Facebook. As some stories show us, irresponsible social media posts can be basis for getting fired from a job or losing a work opportunity you are applying for.
Apparently, even tagging friends on videos can actually lead you into trouble.
Take it from Michael Renson, a guy who works as a nurse in Australia. In a Metro report, we learn that Renson was dismissed from employment “after he tagged his friends in a video that was being shared on Facebook after bosses deemed it sexually explicit.”