I love Sushi… I am trendy

The origins of Sushi date back to the 8th century and is traditionally Japanese. It was a delicacy and eating sushi was reserved for when you were entertaining important guests or celebrating, but it was usually only eaten once a month or less.  Until the mid-1960s it appealed only to a minority, however with the introduction of the popular California Roll in US, where more familiar ingredients were replaced in the maki roll, did it gain wide spread popularity. Almost every city has a few sushi restaurants now and it’s even available at local supermarkets. Until then the thought of eating raw fish sounded absurd.

Unfortunately, there’s a flip side to its popularity, it is leading to overfishing and the disappearance of the oceans’ gifts because of growing demand.

As humans we have this constant need to ‘belong’ and be ‘accepted’. By following a fad we feel we belong to a group and are a part of something bigger and more important than ourselves. However, it all comes down to how well developed our mind is to sensibly make this choice.

Today our world revolves around these new fads and buzzwords, which we consciously or unconsciously start adapting ourselves to, and these eventually form a part of our lifestyle. But do we understand what, how, and why…really?

5 Trends that have gained widespread popularity and what it can lead to?

  1. Selfies

Not much to say about this trend, it has its own Wikipedia page and a song after it. Selfies were associated with being self- centered, self-obsessed and more of a narcissist disease than something cool; when did being mentally unstable become a trend? Or are we becoming this person?


  1. Word Mashups

A much caught up trend is the use of these words, especially on social media. Portmanteau words is what it is actually called, these are a combination of two words to form one word. Most recently added ones, although truly hilarious, add a whole new vocabulary of negative words allowing room for a lot of exaggeration.  In an attempt to use these words in real life you might just appear a wee bit intellectual or confuse people or just seem plain ‘mean’. More familiar portmanteau words are brunch, bromance and motel.





  1. Diets

The word diet comes from the Greek work diaita, which means ‘way of life’ and formally the definition of dieting was eating right or eating healthy. Over time the meaning of diet is synonymous with breathing air for dinner. With hundreds of ‘diets’ floating in the market there is one for everyone: GM Diet, Juicing, Paleo Diet, Dukan Diet, Atkins, Blood Group etc. and also starving among others. Just because I have the option to diet I might end up eating all that I can and more over a vacation and diet later.  Are these actually doing more good to your body than bad? Is dieting associated with a bad lifestyle?

  1. Online Shopping

nbromOnline shopping is a true blessing. What can be wrong with having anything you want at a touch of your fingertips… except when you start buying things that you don’t necessarily need but want or sometimes don’t want but think you might want in the future.

  1. Stay Connected – ALWAYS

Spoilt for choice of devices to connect with – smart phones, tablets, smart watches, smart TVs, smart cars etc…is it ironic that we transcended from Stupid Devices and Smart People to Smart Devices and Dumb People to stay CONNECTED . Are we really connected after all?

Although trends come and go, they tend to alter our thought process and behavior. The key to all of it is moderation, just because you can do it doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Be conscious of your actions.

Are you following the herd?



By Sumita Chugh

Web Developer, Communications and Business Development at Khalifa University


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