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May 3, 2018

 

STARLA GATSON

Editor-In-Chief | sjg021@latech.edu

 

GATSON

 

Throughout the decades, trends have floated in and out of popularity in America.

 

The standards of what is hot and what is not have changed year after year, and the American population has quickly adapted to each new trend.

 

From the poodle skirts of the ‘50s to the bell bottoms of the ‘70s to the present day skinny jeans, people have done their best to keep up with the times and prove to themselves that they are just as “cool” as the person next to them.

 

These social trends seem to dictate how we live our lives. We often spend hours searching magazines, social media apps and the internet to find out things like what food we should eat or what music we should be listening to.

 

As I watch the latest trends become yesterday’s news in just a matter of weeks, I begin to wonder: who decides what is “in” and what is “out”? Why are these short-lived trends and fads so important, and why do we let them dictate how we live our lives?

 

It is not my intention to state that anyone who follows a trend is negative. Personally, I find myself looking to magazines or social media sites for clothing or music recommendations from time to time. My issue is neither with trendsetters or those who are obsessed with the latest fads. The real issue lies in the effect these trends sometimes have on today’s society.

 

To put it simply, it seems as if different styles and preferences equal abnormality.

 

Ever-changing trends in fashion and music have become so significant to society that they unfairly determine a person’s social status. Many of the free-thinkers who have chosen to disregard social trends are often unfairly labeled as “weirdos” or “outcasts.” They are unfairly judged based on outward appearance rather than personality and character. Opportunities for interpersonal relationships are often missed because too much focus was put on physical traits or “trendiness.”

 

Society seems to have become taken over by fads and social trends. We have allowed ourselves to be so consumed in popular culture movements that they have become a basis in determining a person’s value. Whether or not a person wears the newest Ralph Lauren jeans or uses the latest Kylie Jenner lip kit does not determine his worth.

 

There is no harm in following the trends, but we must be careful that they do not consume our lives. We should celebrate those who dare to step away from the trend the same way we do those who began it.

 

Starla Gatson is a senior communication major from Farmerville who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk.

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