I begin my Saturday with a question……
Millennials like to call themselves “hipsters”….those non-conformists that pride themselves on the individuality……but there is a problem I have with this claim……
Ever notice that the hipsters all wear the same jeans, sneakers and that damn wool ‘watch cap”…..and yet they think they are non-conformists…….they dress a like, like the same music, eat the same food, drink the same types of beer…..now what part of that is non-conformists?
Can they explain this?
Can math do the trick?
The skinny jeans, the progressive politics, the Instagram photos: Hipsters, like goths and punk rockers before them, have become a cliché. And we’ve all become more like them as well.
Now math has shown the reason why. A new mathematical model shows that our collective strivings for individuality end up accomplishing the opposite, even if we’re aiming toward different points of “weird.”
It’s just math, says, Paul Smaldino in a paper just published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Smaldino created a model of how human behavior adds up into collective conformity, precisely because we want to be individuals. Yet the takeaways contain a morsel of hope for how radical individuals can still change the broader society.
Now at least us Boomers were truly individuals or should I say non-conformists……but as we got older we slid into the abyss of conformity……well some of us kept the faith and remained on the outside looking in….