A fad is any form of behavior that develops among a large population and is collectively followed with enthusiasm for some period, generally as a result of the behavior’s being perceived as novel in some way. A fad is said to “catch on” when the number of people adopting it begins to increase rapidly. The behavior will normally fade quickly once the perception of novelty is gone. If the behavior does not end after a period of time, it becomes a “trend”, which can produce dramatic effects on our society long after the fads have ended. Fads other than fashion trends are hard to track prior to the 1850’s primarily because people did not have much free time on their hands to do anything other than work and survive…
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Communism fell and the Cold War ended. The world rejoiced, and relaxed and began a mission to have fun.
Natural disasters (Mount St. Helen’s eruption), man made disasters (Exxon Valdez oil spill), and horrendous accidents (Challenger Space Shuttle crash) left the world wondering what was next.
The Watergate scandal brought collective feelings of doom while disco and Star Wars created a vibrant culture primed to rebel and explore.
U.S. Troops went to Vietnam, missiles went to Cuba, and John F. Kennedy was assassinated leaving a depressed world ready to rebel and explore unknown possibilities.
New technologies like the hydrogen bomb brought fear and uncertainty while technologies like color television brought visions of the future.
A bloody decade, including World War II, the Holocaust, and atomic bombs left the world confused and uncertain.
A tough decade brought the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler’s Third Reich created a culture of hard work and hard fun.
The Roaring Twenties saw jazz, flappers, and the development of the American culture.
A decade dominated by the world’s first World War.
Planes, cameras, and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity set the state for a century of development.
Leisure time began to catch on. Bicycling, board games, and the hootchy kootchy lead the way.