I do not go for breakfast normally and many people upon hearing this advise me that I should not skip breakfast because they have heard that skipping breakfast is not good for health. In fact, they say, 'go for heavy breakfast'. Why?
Similarly about water intake. Some people finish bottle after bottle even if there is no demand from the body. Is access water consumption good for health?
These days when you ask for the source of information, people ask you to "Google it". Most of them don't know the source yet they spread the information without confirming it's right or wrong. Their friends, colleagues, and relatives accept it because they trust them. This is how superstition spreads.
What you believe blindly is superstition. It can be anywhere!
It is people who are superstitious. Sun lightens the world is no superstition. It is well accepted fact. Those who have eyes can see it. Astrology also says the same thing. Then how Astrology is a superstition? Because the practice that some astrologers follow are questionable and the expectations that people have from astrology / astrologers are supernatural. Astrology does not change through all this. People change.
I have heard that the famous scientist Niels Bohr was once asked by his friend about the Horseshoe that was hanging over the door of his house. His friend was curious to know why such a brilliant scientist would believe in such stupid superstitions. While Niels Bohr refused that he believed in superstitions but about the horseshoe he said, "I understand it's lucky whether you believe it or not."
Most people associate superstitions with religious beliefs (only). They do not look at many things they are blindly following which could be superstition. Waking up early may be good but it should depend on age and lifestyle of the person. Jogging may be good but should depend from person to person.
Another common belief in India is, “Consuming alcoholic drinks helps building good public relations”.
There could be many other examples. The modern scientific researches keep changing but the beliefs are not regularly updated. So a fact of today may be a myth tomorrow and vice versa.
Author - Archit