I wanted to take a moment to discuss the topic of popularity. As a child I noticed that all the popular kids all followed the same trends. They used special lingo, they dressed a certain way, had common interests, they were basically walking memes. Whatever was trendy was what the popular kids were doing and that was influenced more by the culture outside of them, the artists and musicians, designers, etc all pushed the bleeding edge of culture and the quicker you were to pick up on it, the cooler you were basically. By the time the lowest of the nerds finally started doing something, all the popular kids would have moved on to the next thing. Watching this process as a child it always seemed so ridiculous. I was watching these people just appropriate portions of pop culture as parts of their own identity out of what seemed like nothing more than an instinctual desire to follow the herd. I always said fuck it and just ignored all the trends because I thought they were so stupid.
Now looking back on the matter as an adult though, I've come to see the social utility of this whole thing. I very much believe in evolutionary psychology because I believe in evolution and I started to think to myself, what purpose does this type of behavior serve? Well clearly, social networking is fucking everything in human society. The person who is best at social networking literally rules the whole damn society, others are at the elites, always networking and climbing the hierarchical structure of society. They make connections with people and leverage those connections to get the things that they want. The more people you know, the more you can make them like you, the better off you will be in life.
Now think about what it takes to be up on the latest trends. The trends are set by the elites, so to know about a trend early on indicates that you have social connections with the elites. It's kind of like an advertisement to people saying that you're a good guy to know because you know all the right people. The nerd only learns about the trend after it is dead because he is not in the right crowds and doesn't hear about it until it has trickled down the social ladder. Therefore the way we act, the things we wear, the lingo we use, all serves to differentiate social status from elites to untouchables. The trends that happen in high school never go away, they rule all of society.
Honestly this is why I hate normies, it's all just so fucking stupid. Post too long. Click here to view the full text.