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Biggest Trends of 2015 and Predictions For 2016

by Lindsay O’Boyle, Staff Writer

photo by Summer McGrogan

Looking back at 2015, what stands out? Is it the blue and black vs. gold and white dress, the Pope’s visit to America, or Hillary Clinton’s email scandal? Here’s a look-back on some of the biggest trends and events of 2015.

  1. The Whip – Probably the most characteristic trend of 2015 was the dance popularized by rapper Silentó in the song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”. Now our generation has our own unique dance moves to embarrass our future children with.
  2. Donald Trump – Whether he was vying to make America a “winner” again or trying to build walls like Bob the Builder, Trump definitely made an impression on voters about who should be America’s next president.
  3. “Call me Caitlyn” – Widely known as the most publicized gender transformation, Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world in June of 2015. Since her transformation, the transgender community has attracted increasing media attention and provided a spokesperson for the community as a whole.
  4. Taylor Swift – Arguably, one of the most influential, wealthy, and popular celebrities throughout 2015 due to the success of her new album 1989. Her singles “Bad Blood”, “Style”, and “Wildest Dreams” were major hits that increased her fame and popularity especially in social media.
  5. Gun violence and gun control – This controversial topic dominated politics and mass media all year. A few large mass shootings, namely the one at the community college in Oregon and the one in San Bernardino, CA, led to a call for more restrictions on who can use and own a gun which spurred discussion concerning Second Amendment rights.

 

After reflecting on these momentous trends of yesteryear, what trends will 2016 bring? Although no one can predict the future, here are a few possibilities of what to look for in 2016:

 

  1. Donald Trump – With the presidential election this year, Trump is bound to continue to capture the attention of millions of American voters, whether good or bad, through TV and social media with his eccentric policy ideas and social commentary.
  2. Snapstigramming – A combination of the ideas of Snapchat and Instagram, teenagers are going to start making temporary Instagram posts, leaving them up for only 24 hours, to see how many likes they can get.
  3. Sleep deprivation in teengaers – Although it’s a bit of a new concept, there is a 99.342% chance that teenagers will get 99.567% less sleep in 2016.
  4. “Finding Dory” – The sequel to “Finding Nemo” has taken much too long to arrive but it’s finally here. It’s bound to win a few Oscars… if the Academy doesn’t make like Dory and forget about it, but one thing is for certain — the crowds will just keep swimming into the theaters.
  5. Beyoncè – Because when is Beyoncè not trending?

 

Whether listening to Trump’s comments on how to “fix America” or a new type of social media, 2016 is definitely going to be a wild year.