Now that I have submitted my final two essays I can get round to writing this post that I have been really excited to do!
2017 was just such a rollercoaster. What ever happened to us? We said goodbye to so many icons and legends, we faced political chaos and Mother Nature well and truly hurled some real shit back at us. On top of this (and significantly more trivial, I must add) there were way too many trends that made me audibly roll my eyes. So, without further ado, here are 6 things we need to leave in 2017.
Side note: This is a pretty light-hearted post – do let me know if you would like me to delve into more serious topics like politics, feminism etc – so, in general, I’m just referring to silly trends rather than global issues that I am more than aware need addressing.
This is probably the one trend that makes me feel 102 years old. I do not understand Snapchat steaks and I don’t understand why they’re even a thing. On the occasional chance I use Snapchat and notice a little emoji next to someone’s name, I have to do a quick little Google to figure out what the hell it means. Why are there so many different ones?! It’s like another language. It actually baffles me that this is a trend and it is something we really need to leave behind in 2017. I’m fairly sure I have seen news stories about various horrific circumstances where children have broken down or lost their minds that they lost a steak. Is it really worth sending meaningless photos to each other constantly to maintain a “streak”? Na, not for me. I even looked up news articles on Business Insider from teenager’s perspective who labelled them an example of “friendship” and ending them has “consequences”. Honestly, if you have a friendship that can be broken over a Snapchat streak, it isn’t worth the time.
X Factor/Big Brother/Britain’s Got Talent
I think it has slowly become obvious that these shows are on a downward spiral. I don’t deny that they do still feature some incredible acts with talents that really should be shared and celebrated but in a desperate attempt at harnessing views, I feel like there is significant emphasis on shock acts who get voted in every episode over people with exceptional talents. I just find it heartbreaking that people who deserve a real shot are booted for no valid reason. I remember when I would spend my evenings watching every show, and now The Guardian quotes that “The 14th series of The X Factor kicked off with the lowest viewing figures since the show first began in 2004”. I feel like these shows are holding on for as long as possible and it just doesn’t have the spark and entertainment value that I used to love.
It bothers me so much that fidget spinners became a craze in 2017. They are often used for stress relief and to benefit people who suffer from attention disorders. Unfortunately, the craze left a lot of schools and other educational institutions banning them and the potential benefits they could have for others was shattered. At first, I was mildly impressed with some of the tricks people could do but after seeing them everywhere – in shops, on clothes, adverts, I was over it very quickly. What saddens me more is the original inventor lost the patent because she couldn’t afford to renew it and struggles to make ends meet. I know it is one of those “life is tough, shit happens” moments but I feel like she is deserving of the money from such a craze and isn’t benefiting at all from her creation.
Donald Trump (Especially The Tweeting)
I mean… I don’t really need to say too much here, do I? I am so fed up with every single day seeing another article about his racism, utter incompetence and sexist views. It baffles me how he ever got to be President and the huge step back it has been for the country. What I find even more troubling is that even though, en masse, people ridicule him on social media and protest where they can, if you open any tweet of his, there are often strings and strings of positive, supportive replies that believe what he is saying is true. I opened one of his pathetic responses to the assumed attack on Haiti and other nations where replies included, “We finally have a leader who is not afraid to make the tough decisions. Who cares if he uses colorful language sometimes?” and “have all the trust n U,Mr. President.Thank you 4 not allowing our nation 2fall”. It just baffles me. How?! Can we just leave him in 2017 and have the Obamas back please!
Mermaids and Unicorns
They were kind of cute at first and then it totally transcended into the world of weird and annoying. I can’t begin to count how many times I picked up a mug or notebook thinking it looked nice only to be faced with a horrible pun about some weird cat-mermaid hybrid. I mean what?! When did that become a thing?! I mean, just imagine… “Oh what a lovely water bottle, I could do with one of these. Oh… ‘Mermaid Squad’…” No. No no nope. Not for me. “Ahh maybe this water bottle will do! ‘Being a unicorn is thirsty work’. Ohhh….right”. These are both slogan water bottles on New Look and as cute as some of them can be, it is just overkill now and I’m not here for it.
Social Media Witch Hunts – Social Blade
Well, 2017 was definitely the year for social media witch hunts. I think this is probably one of the top things that I hope we can leave behind. It is unnecessary, and often very bitchy and cruel and not something that we should be comfortable participating in. There is a fine line between calling someone out on something bad they’ve done and launching a personal and scathing attack that would leave anybody feeling broken. I have seen some social media attacks that have shocked me so much and I can’t imagine that person being sat at home, reading tweets that are telling them to kill themselves and other nasty comments. A good example of this in the blogging community is the misuse of Social Blade. I know that one genuine influencer was harshly attacked for supposedly buying followers as one day they had a sharp spike in engagement and so on. In fact, what had actually happened was that a high profile YouTuber had mentioned them which created a flurry of support to head on over. This wasn’t the only example I saw too. I could say a lot more on this but I’ll save it for another time!
Ahh, well that was a good ol’ moan wasn’t it! I feel like I got to express how some trends of 2017 (and prominent figures…) were not beneficial to us at all and it would be great if we could wave goodbye to them in 2018! What trends in 2017 did you hate? Anything you wish we could leave behind?