We live in a strange time. The internet is king, and unfortunately, that means dumb ideas spread and become trends. And some of them are absolutely cringey, that you can't help but roll your eyes every time you see it on your feed.
Here are a few of the most hated trends. Let's see if you relate.
First up, why are people so desperate to get likes on the internet? It can lead to doing some really stupid things.
Retail workers aren’t paid enough.
"Pranks" at the expense of retail and food service workers for likes on social media.
Work is already hard enough without morons making it worse. They don't even compensate you, or give you any money.
Please stop doing this.Double Tap Smile GIF by Jasmine StarGiphy
Causing chaos in public for likes.
Like. It's such a waste of milk, and some poor minimum wage employee is going to have to mop that sh*t up.
Get validation in another way, please.
I'm beyond annoyed with the "no one will share" memes on Facebook. Really? Why do people feel if their stupid sh*t isn't liked or shared their existence means nothing?
They use that stuff and whatnot to spread their agenda, and some of those pages get money for their likes and views, they effectively farm money and likes from people with a guilty conscience.
I don’t know why, but some trends have a bit of a pretentious vibe. Is it just me?
I can assure you, my bananas are fine.hacking hack my life GIF by truTVGiphy
The "you've been using blank wrong".
I agree. I can open a banana how I like. There is no correct way of doing it.
Upside-down banana thing drives me crazy, especially because 25% of the time eating a banana in public results in some "helpful" person sharing this "amazing" life hack.
The answer is usually no.
"Am I the only one (Something everyone does)."
Am I the only one who drinks water???
I’ve always doubted these products.
The period where everyone is using charcoal products. It's really horrible for your teeth and I really don't know about the other products that are supposed to "improve" anything.
A lot of trends, however, are just plain annoying.
The literal worst.Oh Yeah App GIF by Kinda FunnyGiphy
Those stupid f*cking ads with those puzzles that are nowhere in the game. You know those ones where it shows you gotta pull these bars to do it and not being in the game at all.
I think my new favorite fake ad is the one where there's a hot female "youtuber" in the corner and she's "playing" a mobile game that that is 100% touchscreen... with an Xbox controller. Literally just a paid actor watching an advertisement pretending she's playing it.
Blame TikTok for that.
The "oh no" song circulating everywhere on social media, even in videos that have nothing bad in them. That song has been overplayed, and wasn't even that good in the beginning. (IMO)
For me, the "oh no" song is slowly being replaced by that stupid Eminem sound where people shake their head at the camera. I want to chuck my phone across rhe room.
Stop toxic hustle culture!
Gig work and the push to be hustling all the time.
Most of what I do is just for me to enjoy the process, and I have no idea how to make it sellable, and while I'll do commissions and if someone asks I might be able to quote a price for something, I just can't be like 'check out my work everyone! it's only $[insert price here] so buy it now!!!!' I am just not in any sense a salesman or businessman.
Especially when people say things like 'you should sell that, it's so good!' it's like, how about instead of saying I should sell it, offer to buy it instead. if everyone who thought I should sell "my art" actually bought any, I might be more inclined to try selling more.
Really, I just like drawing.
Just because something is trendy, doesn't mean you should do it. It's like lemmings- soon we'll all be hurling ourselves off cliffs to our impending doom, just because the person in front of us did. Messed up metaphor, but accurate.
Be you, y'all! Don't feel pressured to do something because it's trendy. A lot of times, it's just plain silly
So many aspects of popular culture are mere flashes in the pan.
We buy things for way too much to wear them for a summer. We learn particular dances before Homecoming to make sure we're not out of the loop.
We even become passionate about particular philosophies for only a hot second.
It can be valuable to take a moment to reflect on those bizarre trends that we took to like a youth cult. It's humbling to reflect on how impressionable and dumb we all used to be.
GyapaetusWeed asked, "What is a weird trend that existed that everyone forgot about?"
"That period in the late 90's and early 00's where neon inflatable furniture was popular." -- smcsleazy
"Two dudes in my dorm got a bunch of those things, stuck Velcro on the bottom and on the ceiling, and had easy chairs that stashed completely out of the way when they weren't in use. F***ing brilliant." -- dustyrags
"That era during the 2000s/early 2010s when every popular song got an Alvin and the chipmunks cover. Still can't believe we survived that." -- Teerevolve
"That's on a 30 year cycle. 1950's: original chipmunks have albums and puppet appearances."
"1980's: Saturday morning cartoon (actually pretty good) done by the original guys son."
"2000's also the son's property, but I think he licensed it instead of doing it himself."
"Keep an eye out for a revival on whatever people are into in 2030 or so." -- mike_d85
A Good Year for Dads
"The weird obsession with mustaches in 2013 or whatever year it was" -- antictrash
"Don't forget bacon, the default subs were all mustaches and bacon back then" -- KargonBloodrich
"My son was born that year and his uncle bought him a binky with a mustache on it at Spencer's. He looked hilarious." -- jebzz12
The Single Best Trend for Core Training
"Planking. That trend where people would post pictures lying down in odd places." -- PlayerObscured
"My favorite example of this was one of someone lying across the humps on a McDonalds sign." -- BlueManedHawk
"I still remember when our high school history teacher would be doing the latest trend pose when we came into class."
"As we'd walk in, he'd be planking or Tebowing on his desk. Sounds cringey, but we all had a good laugh." -- Heruuna
A Blast From the Past About a Blast From the Past
"When swing music and swing dancing was really popular for like 6 months in 1998." -- Clintman
"That damn gap commercial with Jump Jive and Wail caused me to buy a $95 pair of khakis that I didn't need" -- krezgobop
"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing..." -- ACorania
"KONY 2012" -- wanderingtraveler3
"What a fever dream. Wow." -- shadow_upvoter
"You know, I was sold on their campaign. I even guest wrote on my friend's blog defending it and how people should just shut up if they have nothing nice to say."
"And then the dude who started it ran around naked and that was the end of that." -- Fishwhocantswim
"The vuvuzela. Everyone had one of those 10 years ago." -- crayul
"Yep. During World Cup in 2010." -- BigBucs731
"We had a girl in University we called Vuvuzela because she was excessively loud and extremely annoying." -- Deswizard
Too Big Too Fast
"Those creepy clowns showing up everywhere in 2016" -- PMME_ur_lovely_boobs
"A simpler time" -- tRonHD
"They soon stopped when people started beating them up and running them over en mass." -- Adrasos
"The heroes we need today" -- AmadouShabag
Worth the Occasional Snag on a Locker
"In middle school, guys would wear extra long belts and it would dangle off to the side." -- NotThisNonsense
"Popped collars and Abercrombie and Fitch. That phase of high school was interesting. At least 3-6 Mafia gave us a a song about it." -- xcelllz
Laying in Wait
"As a Goodwill employee I can assure you that none of these trends are really gone, they're just $2.99 on a back shelf" -- FolkloreAndVillains
"I find it very reassuring that I can go to Goodwill and find something that cheaply to remind me of yesteryear." -- CrustyBatchOfNature
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Word on the street is, if you were on the internet between 2005 and 2012, you're entitled to financial compensation.
You must remember those dark days: Superwholock, the Supernatural/Doctor Who/Sherlock megafans who populated tumblr; Rebecca Black's Friday; videos like "The Evolution Of Dance" and "Shoes." What was the internet back then?
It's unrecognizable today, but for those of us who were there...we remember.
Here were some of those answers.
So Many Vines Did This
"Social Experiments". The term was abused by pranksters to cause inconvenience, but then immediately say it's a social experiment, so that the victims are more reluctant to voice their anger, and the pranksters can get away with it.
Oh God, so true. It's just straight up harassing people on the street
NO MORE CHALLENGES
99% were just horrible for your health. Things like the cinnamon challenge. The worst I saw it get was someone tried to start the 'Fire Extinguisher Challenge'. The guy put the nozzle in his mouth and hit the lever. No matter what extinguisher you're using, this is incredibly stupid. What's worse though, is he picked a Dry Chemical extinguisher. The second he hit that lever, he blasted a lifetimes worth of micro particulate into his lungs. His lungs are absolutely, unequivocally, well and truly messed up.
Chemical Burns, Woo?
"Fire Breath" Spray your mouth with Lysol or some sort of flammable refreshing spray, salivate a little to get a projectile, activate a lighter in front of your mouth, then proceed to spit in front of the lighter which should have a big puff of fire come out but instead it results in you burning the inside of your mouth.
So Much Mooing
FarmVille. All of my aunts let their young children create Facebook accounts just so they could send themselves gifts through them. My Facebook feed used to be full of pictures of everyone's farms.
Say No To Drugs
I dont use or have used Tiktok ever but I remember watching a Youtube video about the Benadryl challange where you swallow 300mg of it wich can lead to trips that might traumatise you or cause heart problems. I also heard that apparently a teen girl died trying it but Im not sure about that.
Not so bad these days but i remember about 10 years ago when Youtube had a real problem with fake trailers for "upcoming" movies.
Halo movie trailer, Friends movie teaser, etc.
Hard to believe it didn't break any rules on Youtube.
Those terrible, gif-style blinky "dollz" that people would dress up, like avatars, and have linked via HTML on their blogs and Myspaces. I remember once making the mistake of going to dolls.com instead of dollz.com on a school computer and it popping up porn, lol. This was before the kinda white-listing we have now, I think, hahaha. Must've been circa 2001.
Those Days Are BAEhind Us
Licking the top of ice cream and putting it back at stores "challenge" was the worst one.
I'm glad the term "Bae" died out. It was cringeworthy watching grown ass adults say it all the time.
People filming themselves being a-holes to other people. Physically harming them in some cases, then going iTs jUst a pRAnK bRo. Just stop.
These god awful videos, usually Tik tok, where people drive like maniacs passing everyone, swerving between lanes and blasting music while laughing like Maniacs. Yeah it's just so cool to endanger lives for internet points.
Should Not And Are Not
Those "what other girls want: boys vs what I want: food" memes like whut all of my female friends from back at elementary who used to post these memes all are like chasing after boys now that we're in college. And besides, food and boys doesn't have to be mutually exclusive anyways.
We all want to feel like we belong.
For some people, that entails jumping on the bandwagon and doing what everyone else is doing.
But how far are you willing to go?
There was a time when every kid in my neighborhood played Dungeons & Dragons, which, for the uninitiated was a fantasy role-playing game that was ideal for escapism.
I tried. I wanted to be cool, but I just was not into it. And that was when I realized I don't have to do what everyone else was doing and that marching to the beat of my own drum was much cooler.
Although I lost out on social opportunities with friends, I gained perspective by staying true to my convictions.
I don't knock others for the things they are into – whether it be tattoos or listening to the most commercially successful music group or artist, but I will seek them out on my own terms and not because they are trendy.
Redditor Mobslayer7 asked:
Proof Of Philanthropy
"Filming myself doing a good deed."
"I'm not sure why this starting, but personally I find it takes all of the generosity out of the act. Ex. Filming yourself giving a homeless person food."
Blowing Up Lips
"a-f'king-greed. Your lips have to fit your face. If you have naturally big lips, great! But if you don't, there's nothing wrong with having Tilda Swinton lips."
Time To Shut The "Gate"
"Adding 'gate' to the end of every controversy. It makes no sense!!! It was called the 'Watergate' scandal because that was the name of the hotel that was being broken into. But ever since then...ugh."
"Tiktok. (Oddly enough, I miss vine!)"
"TikTok is poisonous."
Hey All You Cool Cats & Kittens
"Watching Tiger King. Still haven't."
"There are no hero's in that show."
"Purposely going against a trend for the sake of being qUIrkY!! Also hating people for following trends. And writing words in random uppercase and lowercase letters."
Bringing The Curtain Down
"This guy wants to cancel cancel culture! Let's cancel him!"
The Sweet Stuff
"Smoothie bowls. You're putting fruit on top of your blended fruit??"
"Also, those things are sugar bombs. It's a really weird way to start your morning—I'd crash within an hour."
"Wearing super expensive, popular clothes or shoes."
"Im part of the age group that does this and i think it is the stupidest thing, more so with shoes and the people who try to keep them clean all the time. Half the time the expensive sh*t dont even look that good."
Kids These Days, I Tell Ya
"Those weird 'emojis' as I'll call them that kids these days are using."
"OwO UwU whatever the hell those stupid ass things are."
"I f'king hate people that do this."
Let's Leave "Karen" Out Of It
"Using the name 'Karen' as an insult. You want to call someone an entitled b*tch, call them an entitled b*tch. Leave poor Karen out of it... none of the 'Karens' I've met were actually named Karen, and all of the people I know named Karen are lovely people... but they can't complain about their name being taken as an insult because to do so would get them immediately labeled as a 'Karen.'"
"Torn jeans. They don't look cool they look like wasted jeans."
"Trump bashing. It seems the thing to do on Reddit, but you will never hear me badmouth that orange, small handed, lift wearing, stroke denying, cheating, fraudulent piece of turd treason scumbag a**hole. Never."
They Say They're Comfy, But...
People pride themselves on having unique interests. It sets them apart from the rest of the herd.
So it makes sense a person would become upset when something they thought they had exclusivity over – like enjoying a niche music artist – suddenly became popular.
Redditor aakkii911 sought input from strangers on the internet by asking:
Examples varied from hordes descending upon national parks to the exploitation of Christmas sweaters.
Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar?
"Buying concert tickets."
"As soon as any band announces a tour, there are literally legions of people who will buy tickets in bulk just to try and resell them for a higher price. This causes others to watch anxiously at the ticket sell date so they can grab them before theyre gone which only causes more scalpers to anxiously wait for the sell date so they can beat the die hard fans. Last time Tool went on tour in my state, tickets were sold out within minutes."
"EDIT: not just tickets, everything apparently."
"Not quite there yet but will be soon: National Parks. Too many people who don't follow the rules, especially the ones on littering."
"All small games. When they get popular, they get flooded with hackers. It's kind of sad honestly."
"Storage unit auctions. Everyone and their brother/sister/cousin etc thought they could make a killing after watching Storage Wars or one of the others. What used to be 10-20 people went to 100+. Units that used to sell for $250 were now selling for $1000."
"Completely ruined it for me. I just did it as a side thing, mostly looking for tools I wanted, plus I liked looking through peoples sh*t once I owned it."
"Instagram and Twitter used to be extremely fun when they were new, but as the years have gone by, I find myself rarely hopping on now."
"Nowadays, everybody wants to be an influencer or someone "important" and it's ruined the platforms."
"Everest. People are literally dying because the summit runs are so crowded. You don't need to be skilled or physically fit, just rich enough to afford a sherpa or 2. It's the perfect time to leave your corpse on the tallest peak in the world to be preserved in your foolish endeavor forever."
Tacky Holiday Sweaters
"ugly Christmas sweaters. Used to have to be legit. Now they out here selling purposely made ugly sweaters at Target. boo."
"Basically just about any obscure subculture. It's cool at first because its underground and the people it attracts are very sincere and passionate about their interests. Then it goes mainstream and corporations start to monetize it and it loses its creative edge in order to appeal to the masses."
"Small plates at restaurants. It used to be a novelty, reserved for tapas."
"The last ten years it seems like most 'trendy' restaurants have adopted the exact same formula everywhere:"
"Hello! Welcome to Fig & Driftwood! Have you dined with us before? Our dishes are designed to be shared, we typically recommend 4-6 per person. The kitchen is free flowing and dishes come out as they're prepared. Chef also has a tasting menu tonight, which is a selection of three dishes from each course. The tasting is $75 per person and everyone at the table has to participate."
"It was cool the first few times, kind of. Now I long for ordering an entree for myself and not having to pass plates around a table to share. It's also way more expensive than it should be once the final bill comes."
"Using the phrase 'Karen.'"
"It's very quickly turned into another way to call women bitches without getting called out."
"Becoming an influencer. You know you have a problem when anyone is are getting sponsored for dressing up like Nova girls on instagram and booty popping to WAP on tiktok."
"Facebook. It started out as a place for college (and later highschool) kids to socialize, gossip, talk to each other. Then the other generations started joining and the news took notice. It wasn't before long that posts started getting political and people started getting fired over what they said online. A few years later and the college/highschool kids of today prefer other platforms over Facebook while the baby-boomers have embraced it."
Guilty As Charged
"Reddit. Used to be we'd post interesting, conversation worthy material that was upvoted or downvoted based on merit and the ability to generate discussion."
"Now it's mostly the opposite. Post something banal that the hive mind can consume within 5 seconds, forget about, and move on from."
Exploitation Of Animals
"Some people are literally not cut out for owning pets; they don't have the physical or mental capacity to properly take care of them."
"Also it has promoted puppy mills to run rampant across the country. (really makes my blood BOIL)"
Mental Health Conditions
"Validating and talking about mental health. Let me preface this by saying I have a mental health background as well as my own issues. But I got so f'king tired of people being like 'oh I'm so OCD lols' or 'God I'm just so depressed today!!' Like no... no you're not. Unless what you have significantly impacts your ability to function in normal every day life you do not have a mental illness."
"Fidget Spinners, they had a purpose for people with specific disabilities, but do to becoming a fad those same people started getting them taken away."