Insane Trends For 2012

A while ago, I had educated the world about the famed Stupidity Index. Now, as we move into the new year with new hopes and renewed miseries, I will present to you my top five insane trends to watch out for in 2012:

Excessive 9gagging:

9gag logoOver the past year, 9gag has become a trend statement of sorts with all kinds of memes being made popular by a very large percentage of the world’s population. Being a 9gagger has become a matter of pride for some and a matter of principle for others. Excessive 9gagging has shown to result in involuntary drooling, day dreaming during work and sudden, inexplicable erections in men in January, courtesy of their no-bra campaign. This trend is insane enough to make this list and its worth keeping an eye out for.

Facebook Marriages:

Facebook_WeddingMore and more people are getting ‘married’ on Facebook these days. In 2011, there were 109 recorded marriages on the social networking site whose user base makes it the fourth most populated country in the world. If you like someone very much and want to get married to that person but can’t afford a wedding, then the the trendsmith recommends a Facebook marriage – change your relationship status to ‘Married’ and indicate the person you want to marry. Once that other person (hopefully your better half) has reciprocated this action, your statuses will be updated for the whole world to see.

This is a very useful recommendation for all those who are constantly broke. Go forth and get hitched. After all, being insane enough to get married in this day and age trumps the fact that you’re doing it on Facebook.

The Flash Mob Phenomenon:

Flash MobThe mob has many heads but no brains. Or so they say. The last four months of 2011 saw an exponential rise in the number of randomly arranged flash mobs in India, US, UK and Australia. Most of the flash mobs were centered around people dancing to or singing a popular trending song. This year, there are all the indicators that the Flash Mob culture will rise strongly and will involve people from all walks of life to behave like idiots for a few minutes.

Status Messages:

status messageThere was an astronomical increase in the number of people searching for the phrase ‘best status messages’ on Google. It’s probably the influx of innumerable brain alternatives that people these days are not able to think smartly for themselves. Sadly, some of the best status messages on IMs and social networking sites are re-hashed nonsense. One of the trends to watch out for in 2012 will be the hunt for an original status message.

Taking An Arrow To The Knee:

Arrow to the knee - skyrimSkyrim, with all its hype and drama, gave the world much than they promised. More than half the world’s population are nursing sore knees after being shot by arrows. This phrase, which evolved into a meme and now has grown into a full-fledged fan site, will not die quickly. 2012 will see growing popularity and acceptance.

So, that’s my list. In case you have more insane trends to watch out for, enlighten us in the comments. Cheers, and a happy new year to you all. Stay Hungover!

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

7 thoughts on “Insane Trends For 2012

  1. Fantastic Post!! I was in splits reading this.

    Couple of trends for 2012- One of them could be the whole “World will come to an end”- I expect this to give us a lot of laughs, especially in the latter half of 2012

    Then of course… there’s the Kolaveri Di Trend- Last I heard Sonu Nigam’s kid got a some 500,000 hits on youtubefor his version of Kolaveri.

    I dont think the Skyrim trend will die down for some time to come. Its an awesome game- and after probably a hundred arrows, flame atronach’s, spells and dragons later – I absolutely Love the game! It is incredible.

  2. Really loved your trends description!!! The Flash Mob Phenomenon!!!! Wow!!! thts really a fact “Too many heads with no brains”…
    Nikhil… I’ve become a fan of your blog… reading all your older posts.. πŸ™‚ Its awesome.

  3. Another side-splitting performance my friend. You pretty much nailed the trends which are expected to either make or break in 2012.
    There was a trend at the back-end of 2011 of ‘planking’ and ‘frogging’ where people simply posed for a picture either has a wooden plank (just lying anywhere as a wooden plank with hands by the side, all numb) or like a frog (simply frozen in time, and on odd rare timings making a leap).

    I actually saw a guy doing this in Leeds City Centre, he drew a crowd and eventually it dawned upon me, it was planking. People were simply snapping away at this dude with their phones.

  4. i have vowed not to ever get married on facebook. lol.

    thats cause i only use it for words with friends when my itouch is down. great post.

    have a great year ahead. and get your mirror repaired

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