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CONSIDERING TRENDS: Is self-improvement a fad?

This new feature examines trends—buzzwords, fads, and ideas that people are talking about.

Self improvement is a new buzzword that has been popping up on people’s social feeds—recommended and suggested.

Self-improvement is described by Wikipedia as “activities that develop a person’s capabilities and potential, build human capital, facilitate employability, enhance quality of life, and facilitate the realization of dreams and aspirations.”

Essentially, it is a lifestyle that is focused on becoming a better version of yourself by doing things like going to the gym, reading, meditating, taking care of your skin, and improving diet.

It is sort of a strict regiment of waking up early, going to work, and then studying, and enforcing good habits over bad ones.

Self improvement on social media began to rise in popularity during the summer of 2023 and it began to peak again in the winter due to a trend called “Winter Arc.” This is where people relate their winter months to that of a fictional superhero training.

This trend has been changing many people’s lives, promoting a healthier and happier lifestyle. People like James Clear, Tony Robbins, and others have gained exponential amounts of fame due to this trend.

However, like any other social media trend, it is sketchy. Many influencers that preach this lifestyle are questionable people. Some have been to jail while others have been exposed for abusing things like steroids, drugs, and such.

Nonetheless, it is safe to say that self-improvement has been increasingly popular this winter season. But who can you trust? Do you go with the trend? Do you stay cautious?

Ultimately, all decisions that you make in your life are up to you, not some specific lifestyle routine. To be fully subscribed to a set of ideals or activities is not healthy.

So what I recommend is taking into account what people are saying, and use what is useful. At the end of the day, social media trends come and go, so if you missed it then it is not a big deal.

Or you might try it for a week and see what happens. Who knows?

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Advaya Singh ’27
Advaya Singh ’27, Contributor
Advaya Singh is a student Class of 2027 at Strath Haven. He enjoys sports, science, and a hot take. If he's not writing stories for the Panther Press then you may find him at home with his mom and brother.
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