I’ve seen some really worrying trends on social media over the past 12 months. Trends that are dangerous, trends that are disturbing and trends that are down right stupid. So here is a run down of some of the trends I think should be left in 2015 and never seen again.
1Don’t Judge Me Challenge
A trend that started out with a sensible motive – to stop body shaming. However, it quickly turned into some of the most ‘attractive’ people covering themselves with imperfections and then wiping it all off to show their ‘true beauty’. It’s ridiculous.
Some of them are just down right weird…
Posted by Ross Kiely on Monday, 6 July 2015
2Kylie Jenner Lip Trend
One of the more worrying trends that came out of 2015. Young girls, and some guys, would use shot glasses to plump up their lips to look like the non-celebrity, Kylie Jenner. This is dangerous and makes you look like a fool.
— Scott Summers (@ItsScottSummers) December 30, 2015
There’s only one reason to ever use a selfie stick and that’s to beat someone who is using a selfie stick.
Just stop it. They were cute and funny in the first Despicable Me film, but after another DM film, a standalone movie and ridiculous amount of merchandise they’ve gone too far. I can’t scroll five posts down my newsfeed without seeing a minion with a cheeky grin and an unrelated quote.
Do people actually like these? Do the people wearing them think they look good? I’ve not met a single person who thinks they’re cool, so why are they such a big thing?
Okay, admittedly I might be a little jealous. When I shave I have the face of a 12 year old boy. However, when I don’t shave for a week or two, I have the face of a 13 year old… But that’s not the point. Beards have gone too far. They’ve had their run. They crossed the line when you could start adding Christmas decorations to them.
7Charlie Charlie Challenge
Do I even need to tell you why this is crazy? For those unfamiliar with this challenge, you get a piece of paper and mark it into four sections with ‘Yes’ in two and ‘No’ in two. Then you balance two pencils in the middle and say “Charlie Charlie, are you there?” The pencil is then likely to fall on yes. This is said to conjure a Mexican demon, but obviously all it does it waste your time. And then when it’s posted to social media, it wastes precious space on my newsfeed, so please don’t do it.
8Wearing Leggings as Trousers
This trend has been going on for quite a while and it should have never started. Leggings are not trousers. Please, for the sake of everyone around you, and most importantly yourself, PLEASE STOP! For real.
9Being Offended By Everything
Amongst all of the crazy trends I’ve seen this year, this one has to be my least favourite. It’s now impossible to post anything on social media without offending somebody. At one time you could dig a little harmless joke at somebody, people would laugh, and no one would be hurt. Now, there’s an army of social media ‘do-gooders’ just sat waiting to rip into you. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to offend people, I’m not cool with racism or sexism or any other kind of ‘ism’, but if we can’t laugh at each other, what can we laugh at?
“Squad goals”, “eyebrow goals”, “goal goals”. In a world where everyone wants to be individual, why are we so focussed on everyone else around us and making their lives our ‘goals’? If I were part of your ‘squad’ and you started posting about someone else’s ‘squad’ saying “squad goals” then I’d be petty annoyed.
11An unnatural focus on eyebrows
They’re just eyebrows? I don’t get the obsession. They’re a thin strip of hairs above your eyes? Well, they’re supposed to be. But apparently, it’s perfectly normal to draw these on yourself. How about I shave my hair off and draw that on? Or I could draw a beard on? Then I can draw accessories on too. I think I’ve just come up with the biggest trend of 2016.
12Arm Chair Politicians
By this, I mean everyone having a comment on politics. 14 year olds thinking they know what’s best for the country be telling David Cameron what he should be doing. Really? You don’t even know what you courses you want to do at college? How do you know how to fill the government deficit or manage international crises? If you really care about politics then go and study it. Come back in a few years when you can have an educated opinion. And whilst I’m at it, if you want to be taken seriously, stop sharing political memes.
What is this? 2007? 1 share = 1 prayer… No, it equals a share, a truly pointless share. Like if you love your grandma? No! If you love your grandma, go round and tell her. A like means nothing to here, especially if she doesn’t even have Facebook. I wish these could stop in 2015, but the reality is, they probably won’t. But please don’t contribute to this incredibly annoying trend.
14Netflix and Chill
It was funny, okay. We all had a good laugh about it, but now I genuinely want to watch Netflix and chill. I can’t say it now without people thinking unsavoury thoughts. Also, when brands start to try and capitalise on something, it’s definitely time to stop it.
15Using the word “Banger”
I blame Justin Bieber for this word becoming so popular. Since he teamed up with Jack U, everyone has been raving about how great his songs are and have been using the word “banger”. However, I think it’s gone too far. This is one of my more unreasonable requests, but please, for me… Stop it.
16Using the abbreviation ‘af’
I don’t know what to say here. It’s another abbreviation for the sake of it… For those who aren’t aware, ‘af’ is an abbreviation of the phrase ‘as f**k’ and it’s being used everywhere. I’ve started to see it on posts from national news agencies and not in an ironic way. Everything is ‘af’ now as well. I’m bored af of this abbreviation. Please, please stop it.
Oh. My. Life. How did this ever become a thing? The condom challenge is where you fill a condom with water and have a friend drop it on your head. The condom then lands on your head and covers it, emerging it in water. It’s a really, really dangerous challenge. It’s also one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. You look so strange doing it and I don’t understand why anyone would even consider doing this, let alone filming it and putting it on social media for everyone to see.
Did I miss something?
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