Social trends refer to the flow of ideas and values of a society during a certain period of time. Our generation has so many trends making it practically impossible to keep up with the flow. From the “Nae Nae” to the “Cinnamon Challenge,” social trends are always changing and evolving. They influence how we think, act, and speak. When you think of dancing, the “Shmoney” and “Whip” automatically come to mind. When you’re talking about pictures posted on social platforms, you automatically think about hashtags and memes and go on to use them in conversations. Social trends can also influence the clothing that we wear, especially for young adults.
These social trends really affect how young people view themselves. Marketing advertisements and commercials are particularly keen on using social trends to influence young adults. We constantly judge ourselves or even judge others for being different or not knowing the craze. During conversations, you can feel left out if you haven’t watched the latest vine or seen the latest meme.
However, this shouldn’t be the case. We shouldn’t feel left out if we are not doing what society deems worthy. If we choose to read books instead of watching TV shows, we can be confident in our decision to do so. I personally enjoy watching TV shows and vines, yet I also enjoy reading books and playing sports., and sometimes, I do feel left out. But knowing who I am and taking the time to do what I enjoy keeps me grounded in my individuality. I don’t have to dress a certain way or watch certain shows to be me. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” We shouldn’t be afraid to be who we are. See you soon!