Which trends will go away and which are here to stay
As 2013 comes to a close, we reflect on the mistakes and successes of the year that will continue on to 2014. Here are Silver Chips Online's predictions of what will be "in" and "out" in 2014. Happy New Year!
As obnoxious as they can be, selfies are here to stay. Snapping a picture of yourself, usually with some kind of smartphone or iDevice, has become so wildly popular that it was named the Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year . Selfies are crowding social media outlets with their easy narcissism. The rising popularity of Snapchat has only made taking selfies easier. Snapchat is an app for Apple products that allows students to take selfies, add a caption or doodle, and then send them to their friends, where they can be viewed for up to 10 seconds before disappearing. Although Snapchat has been around for a while, it's hitting a second wind with Blazers and will likely be staying for 2014.
Vine, a mobile app that debuted last January, allows users to create six-second clips. It took the world by storm while it lasted. However, when Instagram introduced their three to 15 second video, the 130 million Instagrammers no longer had any need for Vine. Though Vine will not disappear, it won't make a strong start in 2014.
"Sharknado" was a TV movie, released in August of 2013, which depicted three massive tornadoes full of live sharks that hit the city of Los Angeles in California. The movie received wide attention for the absurdity of its plot. The production company, Asylum, is said to be making a sequel to the movie; however, the second movie will not get the same amount of attention. "Sharknado" was solely a one-time social media fad.
For the first time since his debut a number of years ago, the Justin Bieber fandom will slow down in the upcoming year. The media has followed the young pop star's every move since he was 15 years old. Every word he says, person he hangs out with or breakup he has ends up in headlines. Though his newest album, "Believe," received wide success nationally and internationally, his new documentary movie sharing the same title, bombed in the box office. On Christmas day of 2013, Justin Bieber tweeted, "My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring," signaling the halt of all of this Belieber commotion for 2014.
Fans of Doctor Who said goodbye to the Eleventh Doctor this Christmas, played by Matt Smith, as he regenerated into a new time lord. Smith's three-season run on Doctor Who helped the show gain popularity. His doctor was iconic, from his cool bow tie to his eclectic headwear collection. Smith was the youngest actor ever to play the Doctor, which was another contributor to his success. After Smith's departure, the Doctor will be older and the show will take a different direction when it comes back in August.
Only time can say whether these trends will really go or stay. 2014 will usher in some of its own trends, no doubt, that will surprise us all. Do you agree or disagree with our predictions? Tell us in the comments below.
Martha Morganstein. Hi! I'm Martha and I am one of the news editors. I row crew and I am fluent in French. I hate breakfast food and I love baked goods and sunny days. More »
Sarah Trunk. Hello! I'm Sarah, and I'm one of the managing editors for SCO this year. I like writing about things and reading mystery novels. Enjoy our site! More »