It seems that every year, science releases new findings to say something we all once enjoyed will now likely kill us. Have you ever wondered what the next "bad thing" will be? Read on to find out what people think!

What did you say?

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Hearing loss from ear buds.


Stand up!

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My work used to have a daily notifications that told us to stand up and stretch. "Sitting is the new smoking!"


Get your Z's.

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Not enough sleep.


Not so sweet afterall.

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Sugar. That is what will kill us all.


Don't share everything.

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Putting your entire life online, and having it all stored forever.


Screen time or scream time.

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iPads for toddlers and young kids.

While it's true that there are "educational" apps, time spent playing with the tablet is time spent away from learning through real world interaction. There are some studies that suggest that television is best left out until age 2 because the brain needs time to develop. There aren't any long term tablet/iPad studies that I am aware of, but I doubt it is beneficial. It's a quick way to entertain a toddler, which is part of the problem. Kids need to learn how to be bored. The alphabet, counting, and reading can wait.


Plastic is not fantastic!

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Plastics, at least for foodstuffs (i.e. packaging, containers, plates, etc.). We keep finding out that certain kinds of/things in plastic are harmful to us. The answer so far has been to avoid those particular things, but then we just find the next thing that's bad for us. We know that most plastic leeches chemicals when heated up, yet most people still throw it in the dishwasher.


Workaholics anonymous.

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Working 50-60 hour weeks and stress is actually bad for you.


Lemons anyone?

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People who put lemons in a water bottle to "detox" and end up with acid constantly on their teeth for 8 hours a day.


Wear a hat.

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Tanning. People generally have accepted that excessive UV exposure is bad for you but I haven't seen this translate into behavioral changes for society as a whole.



Like me please.

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Validation through "Likes" on social media.

I feel like it's something that was developed and with no experimentation was let loose to the public too quickly for our species to grasp. What will society be in 20, 50, 100 years when this generation's children grows up with the pressure of being online since practically birth, and seeing so many people become popular so quickly and consistently, more than any other time in history.


Kids need play.

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Children's play is being increasingly cut out of schools and early years programming in an attempt to cram in more "academic" content. Thing is, young children learn more from play (including academic skills) than from classroom settings and flash cards. We're going to see much higher levels of developmental delays and mental health issues over the next few decades unless something changes soon.


Keep it natural.

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Energy Drinks. People slug these things as a daily habit. They're overpriced, purely chemical flavored. They haven't been around long enough to really study the long term health effects. People straight up die from drinking too many in a short period.


Watch where you're going.

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Smart phones. People injure themselves because they weren't paying attention to their surroundings.


Meat in packets.

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Processed meat. It's a group one carcinogen according to the ACS. Just like cigarettes, lots of people don't want to give it up even though they're aware of the bad effects.


You are what you eat.

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Obesity and junk food. Plenty of people are still in denial (Healthy At Any Size movement, for example). And corporations still pump everything full of sugar. There's big money in keeping people fat.


Birth control.

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I've always thought it could be birth control. I personally take the pill, but messing with hormones intentionally can't be great for you.



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100% soda. It's advertised ridiculously, celebrities endorse it, people are saying it's bad but soon you'll have to be 18+ just to buy it.


Don't add.

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Nano additives in our food and skin care products.


Blue light.

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Blue light from screens. Messes with your body in surprising ways.


Opioid painkillers.

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They were touted as being barely addictive if used properly but they turned out to be pretty darn addictive and then you combine that with overprescribing, addiction and the slippery slope to harder forms of the is already a major problem and has been for years and is only now being addressed at all.


Steak anyone?

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Turns out eating steak is destroying the environment.


Strong and light, but not so good?

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I have this odd notion that carbon fibre is going to be the next asbestos.



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Car exhaust fumes. You go to some cities now and the air quality is so bad, you can smell it, and you can taste it. It's killing people. Once we switch over to electric cars I think we'll look back on this era with the same disdain as smoking in restaurants and cinemas.


Hello! What was that?

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Cell phones do cause cancer.


Look after the planet.

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Climate change. Absolutely no question. All other responses are trivial by comparison in their capacity to wreak mass death and human suffering and leave us thinking we should have known better.


Corn ain't corn.

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It's so incredibly over produced. Most of what's produced isn't the type humans eat, so farmers spend huge amounts on seeds that have been manipulated for high yields but that don't produce good seeds. So you're right back in line next season to buy more of these PATENTED SEEDS! That's right, patent the genetic code to keep these junkie farmers coming back for more. And honestly? You barely make a living. A lot of small towns die because it's really hard to survive financially while running your own farm. Politicians have shifted the security net from American farmers to American agribusiness.

Oh, and corn production is killing our top soil. But I'm sure if we keep pumping it full of nitrogen we'll be okay.


Watch your face.

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Some cosmetic products. Applying products to our eyes, lips, and face with carcinogens in them everyday for a long period of time can't be good for us.


Stick to an apple a day.

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All the medications doctors prescribe for the various ailments we suffer. Turns out ingesting concentrated pills of substances that are known to mess with human physiology is actually worse for our health than the ADHD that it is supposed to help.


Careful what you breathe!

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Silica. I'm in construction and am around silica particles all the time. From rotohammering concrete, wall insulation, fireproofing for metal..... I wear a basic mask whenever I'm around air born particles but I'm sure that's not enough.


Caffeine ain't for kids.

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Too much caffeine. I see parents buying their kids Starbucks refreshers all the time - literally energy drinks with up to 100 mg of caffeine in them, according to the company. If you're someone who relies on caffeine to function, find a time period where you have two or three days of doing nothing and go without. You'll feel more put together and caffeine will start having the desired effect again.


Milk it?

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The 80's and 90's had massive campaigns claiming milk was necessary for a healthy diet and strong bones. However, dairy is a major source of saturated fat and cholesterol in North American diets. This may lead to our number one killer, heart disease. As well, it may increase our likelihood of getting prostate cancer or breast cancer, due to the high levels of easily absorbed mammalian estrogen. A Swedish studied also showed that women who consumed more milk also had the highest rate of bone fractures.


We need some fat.

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Low Fat.

Multiple studies show that a low-fat diet increases sugar intake. When you remove fat, you replace it with not-so-good alternatives.


Bumps on the head.

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Contact sports / concussions.


Don't process that.

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Over processed food. Just not good.


Rome wasn't built in a day.

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Trying to be productive 24/7.

We get it, you either be productive and enjoy a great career or be mediocre your entire life. But please enjoy some time off, workout (or just walk), empty your head for 5 minutes a day, get a hobby (or mini hobby for low time compsumption).


Medicine, not medicine.

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Alternative medicine.


Watch that helicopter.

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Helicopter parenting.


Watch that waistline.

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Cut your grass.

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Weed killer poisons like Round Up.



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Garbage disposal and water usage. Seriously. People take too much of that for granted, were running out of space for trash with no way of disposing it efficiently and we have too many people using too much water.


The real deal only.

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Splenda and all the other phony sugars. Mark my words.


To vape or not to vape?

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Vaping/electronic cigarettes... I've been using one for several years and have had multiple doctors say that they're not worried about it.. I know TONS of people who vape regularly and quit cigarettes for this 'healthier alternative'.. now there are reports of 'popcorn lung' with certain ingredients in certain e-juice solutions.. I'm just hoping we don't find out in 20 years that these are way worse than cigarettes!


Shift work.

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Working night shifts.


Bring back the germs.

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Our increasing obsession with disinfecting everything. Nevermind overuse of antibacterials; we already know that is bad. Another real danger may come from keeping our environments too clean. While their are certainly genetic factors, excessive cleanliness has been connected with weakened immune systems and even possibly autoimmune diseases.