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Why do we follow trends?

“Forget the rules! If you like it, wear it.”

Welcome to the late 2010s where wearing ripped jeans has become chic and listening to Drake has become a norm. I have nothing against ripped jeans or Drake but my problem is with those people who blindly follow the latest trends even if they don’t like it. Many of my friends just listen to English Songs just because everyone is listening to them. As a result, Hindi songs are becoming less and less popular day by day which too are beautiful(at least some of them).I don’t say that English songs are bad for I love them too but there is no point listening to them if you don’t understand them or like them.

Let me take another example. People put up stories on Instagram doing stupid things like giving “TBH” of people and rating them out of 10(I don’t know if its prevalent everywhere but my feed is full of such idiotic things). And how can I forget people putting up stories wishing people birthdays instead of just messaging or calling them directly. What’s more surprising is that people post stories of the messages they have got for birthdays on Snapchat and Instagram. And why do they do this? Just because everyone is doing so and they they think it’s fashionable and is a trend which needs to be followed.

Children of tender ages have their own smartphones even when they don’t need it one bit. All they do is play games on it and watch useless videos on YouTube. And not any ordinary smartphone, they have started demanding the latest iPhones and Google Pixels . Why? Again, because everyone has one and they want to look “stylish”. There are some people who even post pictures on social networking sites showing the latest phone or laptop they just bought! I don’t understand the reasoning behind such posts. Most of them behave as if they bought it with their own money while it was their parents who bought them whatever they have. Again it’s a trend which is senseless

People don’t study just because Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were dropouts. What they don’t realise is they were dropouts from ivy-league colleges. I agree that school education is not up to the mark but just wasting time roaming here and there, driving illegally over the speed limits and wasting your parents’ money won’t make you the next Mark Zuckerberg. People who think so, I’m sorry to burst your bubble but you are not living in the real world!

Another thing that recently surprised me was that people are donating to Kylie Jenner so that she can become the youngest billionaire. I don’t know what are such fans thinking! Again, nothing against Kylie Jenner, it was with hard work that she has achieved so much at such a young age but why on earth are we even thinking about donating to a person who has millions instead of donating to help the millions of people who don’t even have food to eat and roof above their heads.

Also , the trend of watching Netflix shows and being on Instagram the whole night is becoming really popular. People have started sacrificing their sleep for some petty reasons. When your friends brag about how they were awake till 5 AM watching Game Of Thrones, be happy that you didn’t give up your sleep for a show.

Everyone is busy following things and people that we ourselves don’t try to create trends that are much more sensible. Why don’t we create a trend of a 1 month challenge asking people to show the before and after picture of a place which was littered with dirt and now is clean with the efforts that they put in . Or we can create a craze for clothes whose creation involves providing employment to a lot of people. Or create a fashion for helping orphanages and old-age home by providing assistance in any form.

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Is Social Media really doing us any good?

Let me start off today’s post with my experience of what people post nowadays on social networking sites like Snapchat and Instagram. The most common posts I see include driving in a car with some songs on and putting up stories which state how much time is left for a friend’s birthday. I find no sense in such types of posts. How do I care if you are driving somewhere within a city while listening to songs or how much time is left for one’s birthday.When their birthday will come, wish them in person as they are your friends. No point wishing on social media if you are meeting them everyday in your school or workplace or talking to them on phone. What’s more interesting is that people ask their friends themselves to put up stories state how much time is left for their birthday. I scoff at the stupidity of such people .I just don’t understand what would one get by getting wished on social media by their closest friends.It might be because such people are insecure about their status in the society or they think that their self-esteem and respect would increase if people post about them.(These are solely my views. You are free to disagree and voice your opinion in the comment section.Also I would love to know if such types of posts are prevalent outside India too). I strongly think that social media is making us insecure about our lives.

The above example gives us a glimpse of the bad side of social media and I would again touch that topic later in this blog. But there is indeed a positive side to social media as well. It helps us in obtaining opinions of different people regarding a certain issue. It also allows us to follow our favourite celebrities and helps us to connect with people in different parts of the world. It is also an effective tool to promote our businesses(You are probably here viewing my blog just because of Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook). So obviously social media isn’t that bad as some people project it to be.

But there is a really dark side to it as well. Besides making people insecure about their lives(I actually felt left out and insecure because of social media for a certain period of time), I feel social networking has become the primary activity in many people’s lives. You go to a party, all people are doing is using their phones and putting up stories that they are partying at abc place. They seldom talk to each other at social gatherings and are busy on their phones updating their status and putting up stories.

Another thing that sucks about social media is that it shows only one part of a person’s life and how unreliable it is in telling what is actually happening in one’ life. Let’s take the example of Avicii, the famous Swedish musician who committed suicide almost a year back. If you followed him on Instagram, you would know how merry his posts were just before he committed suicide. He was recording music , going on trips with friends and seemed happy in general. And then one day, news flashed on our phones that Avicii has committed suicide because he was suffering from depression. This shows there is a lot of difference in what happens in real life and what is shown on social media.

I don’t discourage anyone to use social media as it as great source of information, entertainment and business tool. But, just think that before adding a post that is your post relevant and would interest others. If yes, go ahead and post it. If no, I would strongly advise you to restrain from adding it to your feed.

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