Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dumb Bandz

Possibly the most annoying and dumbfounding trend of the summer that has pushed its way into September is undoubtedly "Silly Bandz." Silly Bandz are simply thin rubber bands that resemble animals, words, and an assortment of other shapes. At some point these neon bands of plastic became extremely popular for kids to collect and wear on their wrists. Soon children were trying to collect them all, wear as many as possible, and even trade some with their friends.

The point of rubber bands in different shapes though makes no sense because when stretched to wrap around something (remember, their original function is utilitarian) they lose all design. But kids will be kids, and we all remember our own generation's bizarre and pointless trends. Yet somehow Silly Bandz climbed the age ladder, something most trends that start with children don't end up doing.

Now teenagers, 20-somethings, and even adults wear these bands (even more than one at a time!). Why!? They don't look good and are far too childish. Should we go back to collecting stickers too? Can someone please tell me what is going on with this fad? Where did it come from and when will it go away? And with more and more research showing the dangerous effects of low-grade plastic is really a good idea that people are covering their wrists in this cheap excuse for a cultural wave?


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