25 Stupid Trends That Will Make You Cringe

People love their trends. Whether it’s fashion, toys, or tech, every year trends pop up, sometime out of nowhere. We always want “the next big thing” and sometimes that can lead to disastrous consequences. Of course, bad trends never look bad at the time. But then hindsight comes around and smacks us across the face. There are trends that are so stupid you will wonder how they became trends in the first place. Check out these 25 stupid trends that will make you cringe.

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Sagging Pants

Sagging PantsSource: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/crack-down-nj-town-bans-saggy-pants-article-1.1371047, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/30/fashion/30baggy.html

A popular style by hip-hop artists in the 1990s, men sagging their pants has made a bit of a comeback in recent years. Rather than a fashion trend, some think it’s a symbol of delinquency and defiance against authority. But, I’d wager most just find it as an eyesore. A fashion choice predominantly among men, some guys wear their pants down to their knees; I guess in an effort to showcase their colorful boxer short designs or a silent protest against the oppressive belt industry? While most people probably wish it would just stop being a thing, many cities and states have passed laws to criminalize the trend. If only they’d do the same for Crocs.


Duck Face

Duck FaceSource: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/fashion/duckface-photos-on-facebook-draw-backlash.html?_r=0

At the dawn of social networks and the popularity of selfies, the “duck face” became a trend for average people to seem attractive and alluring. Of course, it’s taken on many forms but eventually grew so popular that the internet pushed back, making fun of the trend and turning it on its head, transforming it into a symbol of narcissism. Now the trend is more ironic and self-deprecating in nature but the results stay the same, duck face exists, and that’s good for no one. If you’re taking a selfie, just smile.



Planking in supermarketSource: www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13414527

Anyone who sees someone Planking will inevitably believe it’s one of the dumbest trends to sweep the internet, and maybe that’s the point. The trend started around 2010 when a popular Facebook group encouraged people to lie down face first in awkward places, take a picture, and share it with everyone. While it may seem like harmless idiocy gone amok, Planking has led to several deaths of people who took it way too far.



SkywalkingSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2559158/Stomach-churning-pictures-Russias-death-defying-skywalkers.html

Perhaps even more dumb and insane than Planking, Skywalking is where people climb up tall structures, hang off edges, and take pictures. People afraid of heights will undoubtedly shudder upon seeing these photos. Needless to say, the practice of hanging off of high buildings has also lead to several deaths. It might be safer and easier to just get a drone, guys. Just saying.


Slap Bracelets

Slap braceletsSource: https://www.bustle.com/articles/30305-whatever-happened-to-slap-bracelets-the-dark-history-of-a-banned-dirty-and-high-tech-accessory

Originally invented in the 80s by a shop teacher, slap bracelets really took off in the 90s, probably by kids that struggled at putting on any other kind of bracelet. Apparently, slapping your wrists with a plastic band would be a faster and easier option. I mostly blame school fundraisers and Chuck-E-Cheese gift shops for bringing on this colorful trend to children. Eventually, like all trends, it died off, probably when the slap bracelets lost their elasticity and kids figured out putting regular bracelets were just as easy and less painful.

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