The Falsehood of Being Trendy

The Falsehood of Being Trendy

Updated: Mar 23

The “need” to keep up with the trends so you won’t stay behind is non-existent as such. In Hebrew we have the expression “Not everything that shines is golden”, and indeed, not every new device that comes out is necessarily better than their older counterparts. ​

Even when it comes to basic utilities, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, there are devices that are dozens of years old and still can be properly activated even after a long time of use, while there may be contemporary devices that may require replacement.

​Hence why whenever I see something new on the market that can benefit me in some way, I do not haste to buy it simply because its new. My PS2 worked greatly for a dozen or-so years, until it was too rusty to load games and my controllers went dysfunctional, and only a few months ago I bought a PS4. I also heard there is a PS5 that is being worked on, but I guess I will wait another decade or two, not because I won’t be able afford it, but because even things that “belong to the past” can still be very enjoyable and/or functional in the present day. It’s not for nothing that there are “ancient” video games that were remastered for more “modern” consoles, for example.

That is why I also recommend to not buy things just because they’re new. The fact that they’re new doesn’t mean that they are optimally filling the role they were given, and even if they indeed does so, they are not necessarily essential when their older counterparts are already doing their job as intended.

​I dislike the belief that there is a need to keep up with the trends. Such need doesn’t exist as a necessity, and if people can’t appreciate you for not following the trends they do, then there is something wrong about appreciating an individual only in accordance to how “modern” and “updated” they are. That biased appreciation creates unnecessary peer pressure, because “what people will think of me if I won’t conform to the trending of the consumerist culture?”.

Even if we put aside the aspect of conformity, what about the aspect of wasting good technology just because they are not “trendy” anymore? Why throw away good and functioning devices just because they’re too old? Let us not confuse oldness with uselessness, and we might even contribute to the environment by not polluting it with useful, “retro” technology.

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