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New Fads of Young People

Updated on August 4, 2018
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Teen Texting


2018 New Fads

There are many new trends and fads that attract teens and people primarily in their twenties. We see body piercings and tattoos on many women and men. This fad became very popular in the 90’s, and the popularity continues to increase.

Being single is another trend for those women in their twenties. While many women showcase their independence, often they do not seem to know whether why they are remaining single. Are they following feminism or radical feminism?


Most people text using simple abbreviations, such as LOL (lots of luck). Teens have taken these abbreviations to a new level, and many parents would like to decipher their child’s messages.

The most common ones include:

  1. “ROFL means Rolling on floor laughing.
  2. STFU means Shut the *freak* up.
  3. LMK means Let me know.
  4. ILY means I love you.
  5. YOLO means You only live once.
  6. SMH means Shaking my head.
  7. LMFAO means Laughing my freaking *a* off.
  8. NVM means Never mind.
  9. IKR means I know, right.
  10. OFC means Of course”.

A few other abbreviations often used include:

  1. “Scoop: To pick someone up like at their house
  2. Finna: Fixing to do something
  3. Yeet: A way to express excitement over something
  4. Skeet: Let’s go
  5. Rn: Right now
  6. Slick: Cool
  7. Ship: Abbreviation for relationship
  8. IDEK: I don’t even know
  9. Dime: On an approval scale of 1-10; dime is a very attractive person
  10. Fam: Very good friend”

Teens also like to use exclamation words and use a huge number of “o’s” in “good”, and a further example is “That waaaasss AwEsssOme!!!!"

Happy Times - Father and Young Child


Current Trends for Teens

When children are young, most parents try to set boundaries, and they hope their children will not be problem teenagers. Some of the new trends for teens include positive choices. It has become popular to learn to speak a foreign language, such as: Spanish, French or German, plus some of the most difficult languages like Chinese. Teens also like to spend time watching TV that has thrills, action and comedy. Some of the shows they enjoy include Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist and Sherlock Homes.

Teenagers also like selfies, videos, and they love all social media, like Snapchat or Instagram. One problem is their use of cell phones. Teens love the smart phones and often get up during the night to check their phone for messages.

It is important for parents to stick to guidelines for their children and have them turn their phones at a specific time in order for them to get an adequate amount of sleep.

“When your children are teenagers it is important to have a dog so someone in the house is happy to see you.”

--Nora Ephron

Young Lady's Tattoos



Teens and young adult like tattoos. In most states no one can get a tattoo until they are 18, however, sometimes they manage to get one anyway. State laws vary. If a tattoo parlor is not certified with the proper licenses then, it really is not a safe place.

Tattoo parlors are the sixth fastest growing American retail business.In one Pew Research Center study 40% of millennials have a minimum of one tattoo.

Body piercings are also a growing industry, and virtually any part of the body is used for piercings.

What Teens Need to Know About Tattoos

Some Dangerous Teen Trends

There are teens that exhibit some behaviors that would make some of us gasp. For instance, some teens post memes and videos of themselves, while they pretend to gorge or Tide laundry pods. They stuff them in their mouths and chew. This has been a concern for consumer protection groups beginning in 2012. YouTube has removed videos of these videos that feature this Tide pod challenge.

Another popular trend is teens swallowing ground cinnamon in heaping spoonfuls. These videos show the teen with streaming tears and powdery gasps amongst their laughing friends. Swallowing large quantities of cinnamon has resulted in respiratory distress, vomiting and burns. There are teens that have gone into respiratory collapse and ended up on a ventilator, which was reported in a NIH article posted in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal.

While cigarette smoking has declined among teens, vaping or using e-cigarettes has increased. Edible marijuana treats are also available in states that sell recreational marijuana. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that there is more tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the edibles than in the brownies you might remember.

According to 2017 study teens are using their smartphones late at night, particularly for social media. This habit of teens has actually resulted in the teens experiencing depression, poor coping skills and lower self esteem. Idealily, parents intervene and have a set time when the phones are turned off so their child will get enough rest.

Professor Emily Rothman, from the Boston University School of Public Health, completed research on 16- and 17-year-olds that showed teens are exposed to porn on the internet more than any teens had been previously. There is twice as much exposure as compared to their parents. This porn is degrading to women, masculocentic and wildly inaccurate, plus unrealistic. This leave teens with an unrealistic view of intimacy and consent, in addition to gender roles.

Some teens are using Bert’s Bees on their eyeball to achieve a high, but this can result is swelling to their eyeballs with inflammation. It may cause pink eye or other problems. There is not really any active ingredient to get them high.

Another fad is crushing candy, Smarties, and snorting them, which resembles cocaine. This can cause nasal irritation, severe asthma attacks and a chronic cough.

Another problem is teens who take their parent’s medication or get them from another source to take them to parties. All the medications are placed in a bowl at parties, and the teens take whatever number of pills they choose. They no not know what effect the pills will have, and these parties can end up with a deadly consequence.

These fad has been around for a while, but it was new to me. Some girls soak their tampons in a cup of vodka. Then, they can get drunk very fast without alcohol on their breath. They can even pass a breathalyzer test.

The last fad is teenage boys who stand up on top of moving cars, while probably holding on for dear life. This is obviously dangerous.

“Never loan your car to anyone whom you have given birth.”

--Erma Bombeck


Things have certainly changed from the time when I was young. Some of these fads cause no real harm, but I would still not choose to do many of them.

Some of the new fads are very dangerous, and it is important to make sure your children are not following the more dangerous fads.

© 2018 Pamela Oglesby


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Peggy, I sure hope most of those fads are being utilized by many young people. They really have no way to know how many kids try some of these things except for the tragedies. Thanks for your comments.

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    Peggy Woods 

    6 months ago from Houston, Texas

    We do not have kids so I was unaware of many of these latest fads other than seeing tattoos on more and more people and frequent cell phone use. Many of the fads you mentioned sound really dangerous!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 months ago from Sunny Florida

    I know my boys acted out sometimes, and they were pretty good boys. I am glad shared your views and I appreciate your comments.

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    6 months ago from USA

    Some of this I knew (because I have a teen), while other parts (like the vodka trick, OMG) I did not. Makes me just shake my head. It's really important to know who your teen's friends are, but even the good kids try some stupid stuff out of curiosity or just to fit in.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Genna, I also have concern for the children of today that are so dependent on "cyberspace". The ones that balance their life with sports and maybe some chores that require them to be responsibe will probably be more responsible adults. I certainly appreciate your comments.

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    Genna East 

    6 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

    This is an excellent article, Pam. Every generation of teens has fads which they are eager to covet/claim as their own -- some of them are so alarming. I think we are all increasingly worried by their overdependence on"'cyberspace" via cell phones, Facebook, video games, and Ipods, rather than living and connecting in the real world. This forms another kind of addictive mindset which they can carry into the adult world. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Linda, Several were new to me also. I have no idea how many teens practice the dangerous behaviors as there are no statistics, but even 1 is too many. Thanks for your comments.

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    Linda Crampton 

    6 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I'm familiar with some of the fads that you've shared, but others are both new to me and surprising. A few sound dangerous. It's a great shame that they are popular. Thank you for sharing the information, Pamela.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Pop, My grandkids were good and got through college recently. Now yhey all have good jobs, and I am so grateful. I wish the best for yours also.

    I do not care for all the excesive piercings and tattoos either. I appreciate your comments.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Shauna, I have no idea where these kids come from. I would never have dreamed of doing something like that. I was amazed at those negative, dangerous things some teens do. My boys were not perfect, but they didn't do things like those. Thanks for your comments.

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    6 months ago

    I have to print this hub, so I can decipher texts in the future. I have to weigh in here and say that I can't stand tattoos on anyone, particularly women. Most piercings turn me off. I hope my soon to be teenage grands enjoy life and stay away from developing trends.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    6 months ago from Central Florida

    Pamela, all I can say is I'm glad I'm not a parent of a teen. Some (most) of the teen habits you mention in the latter part of the article are appalling!

    My son is now 26. Thankfully, he didn't do any of the weird things you mention here. He does have a few tattoos, but so do I.

    Where do these kids come up with these ideas? Soaking tampons in vodka????

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi John, I think most teens are great, and I enjoyed the time I spent with my grandchildren as they grew up.

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    John Frye 

    6 months ago

    I like to be with pepole

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    John Frye 

    6 months ago

    I dot car want age they are I do like to be with to be with a teen


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