Every year has its fair share of viral trends. Remember last year when everyone was obsessively playing Pokémon Go?
There are hated home trends in specific categories, like home décor or food, and then there are trends so ubiquitous that they infiltrate every single corner of the culture. This year, it’s almost impossible to walk down the street without bumping into a bearded guy with a man bun who’s wearing a romper and drinking a Unicorn Frappuccino. Basically.
Ahead, check out a few of the worst pop culture trends that need to go away immediately and never come back.
1. Fidget spinners
Fidget spinners have actually been around for years, but their popularity skyrocketed following a series of YouTube videos featuring kids performing tricks with them. Marketed as a tool for ADHD, the toys quickly took over every kind of retail establishment from toy stores to gas station counters.
Now fidget spinners come in every conceivable color and have features such as LED lights and dragon wings. But are they really fulfilling their intended purpose, or are they just another distraction for kids who suffer attention disorders? We’re thinking it’s the latter.
Next: This trend is sea-riously overrated.
2. Mermaid everything
These mythical sea creatures have fascinated people for centuries, and this year the obsession grew even stronger. Mermaid themed hair color, mermaid tail blankets, mermaid Frappucinos, jewelry, artwork, apparel, makeup brushes shaped like tails … enough already.
Hard truth time: You are not a mermaid. You will never be a mermaid. Move on, and take your 100% seamless silicone swimmable mermaid tail with you (seriously).
Next: Not everything you read on the internet is true.
3. Fake news
One of the most popular descriptors of 2017 has no solidly agreed upon definition, but in essence, fake news is a kind of modern-day propaganda used to intentionally mislead groups of people.
The 2016 election of Donald Trump and ensuing media frenzy following his presidency has been rife with allegations of fake news. Facebook and other social media platforms have also faced criticism in the age of fake news, since these platforms make it so easy to spread lies to millions of people.
With any luck, credible journalism will find its footing again in the coming year.
Next: We get it, you’re clever.
4. Vintage letter boards
These old-timey letter boards are all the rage right now — but they’re not nearly as cheap as they were back in the day. Amateur Instagram photographers love showing off their cleverness with endless iterations of pithy quotes and phrases written out in white letters on black felt boards.
Maybe they were amusing at first, but this whole trend has become very “been there, quoted that.” It’s time for a new form of self-expression.
Next: No one even remembers what your real face looks like.
5. Snapchat filters
Every girl ever wants to look as good in selfies, and in the world of Snapchat, that inevitably means adding animal ears, crowns of flowers, or the much-loved beauty filter. These ridiculous features have even made their way onto fashion runways in real life. If 2017 had a face, it would be an average girl with puppy ears and a cartoon tongue sticking out.
Your real face is beautiful just the way it is, OK? No filter required.
Next: A fashion trend better left for dead.
6. Rompers for men
The hipsters have gone too far. “RompHims” are a no on so many levels.
Next: Excuse me, your teeth are jet black and it’s disgusting.
7. Activated charcoal
This natural remedy became super popular this year, showing up in every place from toothpaste to lemonade, beauty masks, and supplements. And while it does have a few health benefits, it’s not the magical cure-all that marketers claim it is.
Our advice on this one — add some to your regimen if you want to, but don’t expect activated charcoal to bring about world peace.
Next: Solid proof that beauty bloggers have way too much time on their hands.
8. Outrageous eyebrows
Braided, feathered, squiggled, ponytailed — ladies (and gentlemen) can’t seem to leave their eyebrows alone, and it seems like the more ludicrous your brows, the better potential you have for scoring likes on Instagram.
Crazy eyebrows are one of those trends that people will look back on in 50 years and wonder what in the world made us think it looked good. In fact, we’re wondering that already.
Next: Once politicians start mimicking your dance moves, it’s time to move on.
Every year has a signature dance move. In 2015, we were forced to watch everybody Whip and Nae Nae. This year it’s all about that Dab.
Dabbing, or more specifically making a bowing motion as you put your head against your bended arm, first got introduced in Skippa da Flippa’s 2014 video “How Fast Can You Count It.” People have been dabbing ever since, but 2017 saw dabbing take off in popularity, with everyone from Hillary Clinton to Squidward getting in on the action.
This trend has lasted way too long, and it’s time to come up with something better for 2018.
Next: Spin the color wheel and pick something else already.
10. Millennial pink
Pink is pretty and it always will be. But ever since the trend makers claimed Millennial pink as their own, it’s gotten way out of hand.
Pink walls, pink furniture, pink clothes, pink makeup … this apricot almond hue is everywhere. And yeah, rose gold iPhones are partly to blame for the popularity, though it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where and when the infatuation began.
It’s not the worst trend on the list — but there are other colors out there. Embrace them.
Next: It’s only a matter of time before they add “green boogers” as a flavor option.
11. Superfluous Oreo flavors
There was a time not long ago when the biggest decision you had to make in the Oreo aisle was simple: regular, or double stuffed?
These days, Nabisco execs appear to have lost their damn minds, throwing every possible flavor combination at the wall just to see what sticks with consumers. The new Oreo options include but are not limited to Peeps, Swedish Fish, Lemon Twist, Watermelon, Cotton Candy, Caramel Apple, Mississippi Mud Pie, S’mores, Dunkin Donuts Mocha, Birthday Cake, Candy Cane, and, obviously, Pumpkin Spice.
Next: There’s a reason they call it “chin pubes.”
Hey guys, here’s a novel suggestion — how about digging out your forgotten razor and using it for a change? The beard thing is over now.
Next: The stuff of your actual nightmares.
Thanks in part to Stephen King’s cult classic movie It getting a redo in 2017, clowns are bigger — and creepier — than ever. In fact, Pennywise was one of the top-selling adult Halloween costumes this year (and someone made a terrifying kid-sized one, too).
Remember those news stories about people dressed as clowns just lurking around town for no good reason? Yeah, we’ve had enough of that. It’s time to hang up all the clown costumes for good.
Next: This depressing trend needs to stop right now.
14. Sexual harassment
There’s nothing funny about this alarming trend.
After the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal broke, it led to allegations against many other prominent men in Hollywood and beyond, including Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, and more. It seems like every day a new name gets added to the list of accused offenders.
While it’s good that anyone guilty of this inexcusable crime will be brought to justice, the real victory will be achieving a year that’s free from sexual misconduct.
Next: Bread is your friend.
15. Going gluten free
At some point in the past couple years, gluten became public enemy #1 for very little reason besides hype.
If you’re not part of the 1% of the population who has celiac disease, then maybe it’s time to start adhering to the “everything in moderation” adage rather than trying to pretend that gluten-free bagels are edible (spoiler alert: they aren’t).
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