20 of the Strangest Trends To Come Out of the Past 10 Years

So, we’ve survived a whole decade of bizarre happenings, and let us tell you, the trends that popped up during this time were nothing short of weird. Who would’ve thought we’d be living in a world where people willingly ate Tide PODS and found joy in watching others unwrap surprise eggs on YouTube?

One Redditor asked, “What is the strangest trend to come out of the past 10 years?” This thread received insights from many users, and we have compiled the top comments for you.

1. Subscriptions

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “Ownership turning into subscriptions.”

Someone else added, “Panera does a subscription for unlimited coffee and basic drinks. It wouldn’t surprise me for other places to follow suit with something similar.”

When did we sign up for a lifetime membership to the subscription club?

2. Dairy Queen

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One said, “I’m still in shock with my first DQ blizzard in years the other night coming in at $8 something for a medium.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “I’m not knocking their hot chocolate; it’s really good. But not quite $5 for a cup of hot milk good.”

What happened to the good old days when you could treat yourself without taking out a second mortgage?

3. Concert Tickets

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Beyoncé is a queen, but do we have to give up our first-born child to see her live? That’s how expensive her tickets are!

A Reddit user wrote, “Concert Tickets starting OVER $100 each.”

Someone else replied, “Huh, that’s nothing. Here in Canada, where we have a complete monopoly of all ticket sales by TicketMaster, they can charge service fees over $100 sometimes. Not including the tickets themselves, just the fees. I stopped going to big shows; it’s so crazy.”

4. McDonald’s

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “McDonald’s used to be the one place that was reasonably priced, comparatively. Not anymore.”

Someone else added, “Obesity rates will skyrocket when that happens; McDonald’s will not bring its prices down anymore.”

Can we bring back the dollar menu, please? Our wallets are crying in the corner.

5. YouTube Families

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One said, “YouTube families —- I mean, it’s weird how you put your 11-year-old crying over homework on YouTube.”

Someone else replied, “Honestly, these YouTube families should be illegal. Subjecting your child to being recorded 24/7 for everyone to see sounds bad. You have no privacy; everything is for YouTube/TikTok to see. That messes with a child’s development.”

Seriously, what happened to privacy? Now, everyone thinks their family antics are worthy of prime time.

6. TikTok Challenges

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A Reddit user wrote, “Easily this NPC thing from TikTok where people pay to see somebody do something like fake lick ice cream and say “mmm how tasty” like an anime character 50 times in a row.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “I don’t get it. I’ve said “I don’t get it” about other trends that I actually do get but don’t approve of; this one I don’t get.”

Who knew 15 seconds of fame could be so exhausting?

7. Commoditization

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “The commoditization of every iota of human experience.”

Someone else replied, “Oh, you enjoy piecing together puzzles? Why not sell your completed puzzle on eBay, share your best puzzle tips on an ad-covered blog, create an online seminar for helping others learn more about the joys of puzzles, or shove that puzzle up your watermelons and sell the photos on OnlyFans?”

From breakfast selfies to shots of your cat napping, nothing is sacred anymore. Can we go back to a time when we didn’t feel the need to put a price tag on every iota of our existence?

8. Reaction Videos

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Let’s not forget the genius move of making money by just watching stuff and reacting to it.

One Redditor stated, “People making money from filming themselves ‘reacting’ to things.”

Someone else added, “I know I’m getting old because watching YouTube videos where they react to YouTube videos seems like the useless thing in the universe.”

9. Public Dancing

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A Reddit user wrote, “People filming themselves in public doing strange dances.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “Fr. Who wants to watch a ten-second clip of someone doing a weird dance to edited music? It’s stupid.”

Why are people suddenly busting out the Macarena in the middle of the street like it’s normal?

10. Speakers in Public

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “Audio without headphones on planes, trains, etc.”

Someone else replied, “I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago when an American Airlines flight attendant shut that down cold. She asked nicely; they kept doing it. She then brought them earbuds and told them to use them. It was great.”

Can we bring back the era of personal space and the sanctity of silent public transport?

11. Broccoli Haircut

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One Redditor stated, “The broccoli haircut on every teenage boy.”

Someone else added, “A friend of mine is a teacher; he told me when they had to wear masks, it was hard to tell some of the boys apart with the broccoli cut.”

Every high school now has a bunch of walking, talking broccoli heads.

12. Influencers

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Remember when influencers were just regular people with cool lives, and we followed them because, well, they were interesting?

One said, “Influencers are just people who’ve now turned into ads.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “This has always been a thing; it’s just more accessible now with the Internet than it was when you had to visit a conference or a talk. I mean, in some respects, ancient philosophers could be considered professional influencers.”

13. No Respect for Science

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Now, the complete disregard for science and discovery has us scratching our heads.

A Reddit user wrote, “A complete Disregard or respect for science and discovery.”

Someone else replied, “Exactly. Or how the History Channel doesn’t show history anymore. It’s all alien conspiracies and people digging holes without ever finding anything… FOR A DECADE!”

14. Social Media

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “Gen Z thinking that putting your life on social media is normal. It’s not. It’s never been normal.”

Someone else replied, “For their sake, I hope it becomes cool to not have any social media.”

How much of your life do you put on your social media?

15. Anti-Intellectualism

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One said, “Anti-intellectualism. Being undereducated is a matter of pride in a lot of areas.”

Someone else added, “Why would anyone believe it’s a bad thing to put effort into understanding the world around them better when that understanding allows them to flex, adapt, survive, and even thrive better with reality as a result? Knowledge truly is power in that sense.”

Reading books and having intellectual conversations has suddenly become outdated. Can we go back to valuing intelligence and respecting those who know a thing or two?

16. Anti-Vaccine

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A Reddit user wrote, “The anti-vaccine movement going mainstream.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “Not only going mainstream but going so mainstream that even Trump got booed for being pro-vaxx. It’s like the one subject even the most diehard Trumpers won’t listen to him on.”

Are you a pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine supporter?

17. Tipping

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “Tipping for everything and anything.”

Someone else replied, “I moved to a foreign country last year, and there is NO tipping whatsoever. The price tag on the product or service is exactly what you pay for. It is SOOOOOO refreshing.”

Can we go back to tipping for exceptional service, not just for someone showing us where the restroom is?

18. The Film Industry

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Hollywood, are you okay? You’re making blockbusters that cost more than college tuition, and then you’re complaining about not making enough?

One said, “Producers, directors, and studios blaming audiences for not wanting to go see their remake/reboot/prequel/sequel. Also, studios spend so much money on movies that it’s virtually impossible for them to break even.”

Someone else added, “Bro, I hate the latter because they go out of their way to hire the same 10 actors who demand a high salary to play the same character instead of unknown actors who will make the role their own for a price that will guarantee you will profit if the movies any good.”

19. Lip Fillers

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Sure, everyone wants those luscious Kylie Jenner lips. But have we forgotten how to appreciate the natural pout?

A Reddit user wrote, “lip fillers and whatever plastic put to the body. Poor people. They don’t have to be pressured by non-essential physical standards.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “It’s wild to me because it never makes someone look better; they just look like they have big fake lips, and it’s slightly off-putting.”

20. Gender Reveals

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “Gender Reveals. Sharing the news with your family is one thing, but to have a party over something as small as the (possible) gender of your future kid is ridiculous. Just make a post saying “found out it’s a boy/ girl” and go.”

Someone else added, “I’m surprised this wasn’t higher up. Like girl, why did you hire a plane? Just make cupcakes like a normal person.”

What happened to just announcing it over dinner or sending a cute card?

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