Elements of culture today from Instagram filters to expressions like YOLO (sadly or not so sadly) won't last forever. They're major trends at the moment, but they'll soon be gone and we'll laugh on these cultural touchpoints as people tend to do every decade. Our YAB member Emily Smucker discusses what her generation currently values, yet explains why these items are fleeting fads. So long zombies and skinny jeans...we'll miss you in 20 years!
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That’s So 2012: 10 Trends Of Today That Will Be Mocked In 20 Years
Every era has its defining aspects — things that we look back on with a mixture of laughter and nostalgia, thinking, “How could people have ever thought that was cool?” Some of these trends we confine permanently to the trash bin, while others we secretly like and resurrect for a “retro” look. Still, the trends define the era.
What trends of today are going to define this era in 20 years? To find the answer, I started scrutinizing the world around me, talking to my friends, and doing research online. It was hard. I didn’t want to admit that some of the things that seem so great will eventually be, well, so 2012. In the end, however, I came up with the following list:
Take a good look at a pair of Toms. Yes, the guy who invented them is a marketing genius. Yes, by buying a pair you can give a pair of shoes to a child in Africa. But honestly, the shoes are oddly-shaped canvas. How long do you think it will be before people realize that they can buy shoes for African children without subjecting themselves to strange-looking footwear?
2. Skinny Jeans
Just like circle skirts defined the 50’s and…