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Middle school students should stop chasing fads

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Fads have been a part of the world for many centuries. A fad is an action or object that becomes very popular quickly, but vanishes just as quickly. They can be anything from toys to clothes to television shows. Fads have made big impacts on modern society, but it is not a good idea to chase after every fad that comes along.

Not all fads are good things. Fidget Spinners, dabbing and bottle flipping are just annoying, obnoxious, disruptive and a total waste of time. Many teachers have had to confiscate fidget spinners or bottles in schools. These fads keep students from learning, and some students actually want to learn so they can get into a good college, get a good job, and have a future.

Additionally, people waste a lot of money on fads. They buy products that have become very popular, such as rubix cubes, hula hoops and fidget spinners. When stores and companies start to notice that these items are successful, they start to sell these items, which is why specific products start to appear more in stores.

Other fads are called “challenges,” such as the “ALS ice bucket challenge,” or the “cinnamon challenge.” The ice bucket challenge was a very popular challenge in 2014; somebody gets dared to pour a bucket of ice water on their head while nominating about three more people to do the same thing. The purpose of the challenge was to raise and donate money for charity. This fad raised approximately 115 million dollars.

The cinnamon challenge, however, had the participant eat a spoonful of cinnamon in 60 seconds or less without drinking anything. Unlike sugar, ground cinnamon is not pleasant to eat. The cinnamon challenge is an example of how challenges can be harmful.

When the cinnamon challenge was the most popular, in 2012, the U.S poison control received approximately 200 calls about cinnamon. Eating a spoonful of cinnamon can be damaging to the lungs. It can cause an asthma attack, even if it is only done once.

Another dangerous fad was planking. Planking was when someone laid face-down in a random location. This is obviously not safe. People would get run over by cars and lawnmowers, all because they wanted to fit in.

There are many fads that were really popular in the past, but now, most people just see them as grotesque. Crocs, telephone booth stuffing, and sitting on poles are good examples of embarrassing fads. Members of this generations will have to explain why they did these strange fads once their children and grandchildren find photos of them stuffing themselves in telephone booths, sitting on poles, or wearing crocs.

The fidget spinner fad became very popular near the beginning of the year. Fortunately, fidget spinners are dying out and are less common now. In this fad, people hold a small toy with three prongs with a circle in the middle and just spin it.

Some people will defend this fad in the belief that it helps people with ADHD and PTSD concentrate. They also claim that it does not bother people because it doesn’t make any noise. These statements are incorrect.

Fidget spinners, in a large quantity, do make a noticeable whirring noise that can become distracting. It is a toy because it is distracting and all it does is spin and entertain. According to a recent NPR article that cites expert clinical psychologists, there is no evidence that fidget spinners actually help people with ADHD.

Fads teach people to follow, not to lead. When people chase after fads, they are basically blindly following society because that fad is popular. They are not following their heart and being true to themselves. Students, in particular, need to learn to think for themselves.

Fads are more influential and, sometimes, more harmful than people think. Students should not chase fads. The world would be a better place if people could learn to be their own person and live their own life instead of always following the crowd.

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