Opinion

Is the hipster sub-culture now facing extinction?

I RECENTLY saw a post on Facebook that went crazy.

The post asked people to share a photo of themselves from their "emo" days and a photo of themselves now.

Emo, or emotional hardcore, was a kind of dark, sad punk style that peaked in popularity in the first decade of the 2000s.

The contrasts were heavily striking in about 90% of the photos where people looked nothing like their former selves.

These former selves existed just a handful of years before their now conservative identities.

Some had gone from being teens in black eyeliner and spikes to army wives with blonde hair and babies.

An occasional emo can still be seen here and there, but they're quite rare nowadays.

The hipster trend is

This poll ended on 20 February 2016.

Awesome! - 21%

Really getting annoying - 24%

I'm not bothered - 54%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

It got me thinking about trends and what will be the next big thing after the current hipster craze.

Sure, after emo there were a few sideline sub-cultures that hung around, but nothing really dominated until the beards and geometric patterns dropped.

But like everything hipsters love, we have to wonder, is this sub-culture sustainable?

Each sub-culture has an industry that flourishes in its presence.

For the emo era it was the alternative music scene, perhaps for hipsters, it's coffee.

In an article on website Mashable, David Infante claimed the hipster scene was in decline.

His prediction is that the "yuccies" will take over.

Yuccies, he says, are young, urban creatives with a mix of comfortable upbringings, academia and the conviction to earn money.

It's predicted business start-ups, which are already becoming increasingly popular, will be a big part of the yuccie scene.

So grab that boutique coffee and hold on to your retro couch before the yuccies come.

Some day the yuccies may be posting photos of themselves back in the day when they were hipsters.

Topics:  culture, hipsters, opinion




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