Do you ever wonder why some things become fads? Seriously, some of the stupidest things become the biggest fads. The inexplicably rise to popularity, everyone imitates or joins in, they live a brief (some things longer than others), shining life, and then they disappear, only to resurface fifteen years later, sometimes as a recurring fad and sometimes just as nostalgia.
But seriously, how does it happen? I mean, come on, why is Grumpy Cat cool? Because he’s grumpy? Everyone and their mother has a picture of Grumpy Cat that they’ve added an angry sentiment to and shared all over Facebook.
And those old-fashioned cards that everyone makes? How many of those have you seen that someone who couldn’t spell or write coherent thought slapped together? And yet it still gets passed around.
What about hair and clothing styles? How many of the women reading this used to do the puffy bangs? I did. Or, worse, the paper-plate bangs that stuck up six inches in the air and were held in place by entire bottles of gel and hairspray? I didn’t do those, but I definitely had the puffball. And of course there’s the pants-around-the-knees thing for guys. For some reason that one wont go away.
Then of course there are celebrities. Hot and desirable one minute, and the next they’re a washed-up has-been in rehab.
Or books and movies. Sometimes the best stories have the smallest audiences. Hidden treasures that everyone should read/watch, and yet for some reason never gain popularity, while trite, poorly-written drivel makes millions.
And let’s not forget social media. There are literally hundreds of social media sites and forums and groups you could join, but most of them people have never heard of. Most people are on Facebook, and if you’re not on Facebook you’re living in the dark ages. For whatever reason, and despite how people love to complain when things change or Facebook doesn’t work properly, it’s still the “it” place to be.
Once in awhile you can break it down and come to a conclusion about why something is popular.
Grumpy Cat is cool because he’s allowed to say the things the rest of us want to say but can’t because we’re too polite. But if we put it with a picture of a cat, suddenly it’s just a funny meme, not a cruel sentiment.
Clothing and hairstyle trends, while sometimes totally unfathomable (like the pants-around-the-knees thing–come on guys, seriously, you gotta stop that!), other times make sense. They make a statement about a particular viewpoint or body type or lifestyle.
Other times, however, there is no rhyme or reason, no sense or sensibility, no definable logic whatsoever that can account for the surge in popularity of a particular fad.
What do you think? What fads have you succumbed to? Why? Have you thought about the reason behind why you like something that is a fad? What fads do you think are stupid (besides the pants-around-the-knees thing–that one’s a given)?