Trends: Silly Bandz

They’re rubber bands. And they’re shaped like animals. So what’s the big deal?

Some people are not yet sucked up by the craze, like my friend. Her view on this is very simple. She says, “I had a collection of them when I was maybe five or six. They were cute then, but I think it’s a little weird for high schoolers.” On the other hand, other people are going bonkers over these rubber bands that were meant for kids (according to the package) at least five years old. So why are they suddenly so popular? Why do we now find these multi-colored bands wrapped around everybody’s wrists? Adults do not understand what the big deal is about either. My mom asked my sister while they were purchasing the packs: “Can they put up your hair?” “No,” my sister replied. “Can they do anything?” “I don’t think so.” “Then, what are they used for?” my mom asked, bewildered.

I did a survey, asking the people in my high school what they thought of these things and why they liked them, and here were their answers:

Random Student 1: Because they’re TOTALLY AWESOME. And they’re fun to fling at people.
Random Student 2: I think they’re fun.
Random Student 3: I mean, look at it! It’s a rhino!
Random Student 4: They’re cute.

They could answer the question of why they liked them, but they couldn’t answer, for example, how they were fun (except for maybe to fling at people. Please don’t do this. It’s not fun having rubber bands being flung at you). Maybe we could delve deep into the psychological aspect of this sudden craze, but perhaps it’s only a “phase”. This fad is going to be gone in an instant.

As for me, I personally think they’re cute. How about you?


9 Responses to Trends: Silly Bandz

  1. lindsey @ eva perry library, apex says:

    Nice! I just saw these today on my 4-6 year old Sunday Schoolers. Great topic. Thanks for covering a trend.

  2. Dani in NC says:

    My 13 yo daughter is crazy about these things and wears them as bracelets. They remind me of the rubber bracelets that girls wore when I was a teenager in the 1980s.

  3. katrinaen says:

    A substitute teacher friend of mine said that they’re causing some distress (stealing, fighting) in 4th & 5th grade classes around Wake County. They’ve been banned at Briarcliff Elementary!!

    • lindsey @ eva perry library, apex says:

      I have been told, too, that kids are using these as badges of popularity and using them to identify who your friends are. When I was little, it was Hello Kitty stickers. There’s always something. In Little Women, Amy was desperate to bring candied limes to school.

  4. Jay says:

    I’ve never heard of them before (then again, I’ve been out of high school for a couple of years now). They reminded me of the jelly bracelets trend or the Pokemon/digimon collecting that was really strong when I was in middle school. And gel pens in elementary school, which at least have utility.

    I don’t get it. Seems like a waste of money. I never get these collecting trends.

  5. silly bandz wholesale says:

    Thank you for your post.I have never know before about this silly bandz story.Thank again.

  6. dyamon says:

    i really don’t care about these things like i’ll buy them because they are cute but i give them away or trade them when i’m really board but i’m not one those people who go crazy and buy 200 of them.

  7. brian says:

    The kids love them and they trade and swap them.

  8. wristbands says:

    It was very crazy last year but now it looks the silly bandz have out of time.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s