#1
Hello UG

I'm gonna get flamed like a grilled chicken for this, but I feel that I must rant.

As I walk around town, I can't help but notice that most people of my age all look exactly the same. Girls especially. They come in packs of 4 or 5, and are available in two styles: gray coat and tight jeans, or a black top and white pants. No other options available.

Hell, they're even BIOMETRICALLY similar: the ones in gray coats are about 1.65m tall, with light brown wavy hair and pale skin. The monochrome ones are genrally shorter, with straight, dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and darker skin, and usually look like they're of turkish or perhaps arabic ethnicity.

A lot of guys look the same, too: spiky black hair, a khaki green coat with a furry collar, and sagging jeans. From behind, I can't tell them apart. I feel like I keep passing the same group of people 10 times.

You're probably gonna say "Dude, stop being a queer, it's none of your fisihing business what other people look like". Well, maybe you have a point. But it seems to me a bit of a scary thought that everyone around me looks the same. ATTACK OF THE CLONES!!!! AAAAARGH!

Seriously, if everyone these days is talking about individuality and how important it is to stand out, why does everyone choose to conform? I'm not at all saying that I'm a TROO PUNK who is totally x.Hardcore.x and stands out like an old lady at a Star Trek convention, but I am increasingly disturbed by the similarity between so-called 'individuals'.


UG, please explain.
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#6
I would just like to take this moment to say that almost every girl I see around is wearing either ugg boots, furry boots, winter boots, or whatever.

Boots, everywhere. I guess that's not such a bad thing.
#7
Human nature, dude.

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#9
damn hollister and american eagle... i refuse to buy **** from those types of stores...
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#10
what is there to explain?

people are dressing that way because it's in fashion.
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#11
True individuality these days is very difficult, and people feel safer being put under a specific label. True conformity, then, isn't just a fashion sense - it is a mindset. I believe that if a person can be individual in the way they view the world rather in their dress code, then they've succeeded. Besides, you'd have to wear extremely strange clothing together to stand out, which most people are scared of doing for they fear their status within their group of friends or society would diminish.

Or something like that.
#13
Well, if you hang out with people like yourself, you won't look individual.

For example, if I go out with friends from school, I will stand right out because I look completely different to all of them. But if I go out with a load of goths, I'll blend right in.
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#16
I know. My jackass of a friend won't stop bitching at me cause I don't have short hair, shop at abercrombie and hollister and ****. Even bitched at me why I had a different ****ing mattress. I've noticed, people can't stand for others to look different (where I am, anyway) and they won't ****ing stop till you change. It depresses me.

I agree with you though. People haven't any creativity lately...I'm not saying I do either, but I sure as hell have more than the people I see.


EDIT: He (my "friend) doesn't understand why I like different types of music besides this **** mainstream rap and feck like nickelback.

Notice I said "mainstream" rap, not all rap.
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#17
people want to be liked by other people so they do what those people do. Sad but true.
Your situation seems a bit odd, kinda like that flick Disturbing Behavior almost. Do yourself a favor and don't dress like that, refuse to at all times. Make it known you are different, however this can backfire as if you are very successful in your non conformism, others may start dressing like you and then you have to rethink te whole thing.
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#18
I can relate to the situation, but I only find it disturbing if they're acting the same as well. As someone above me mentioned earlier, being conformist is in the mindset, not the clothes they wear or something like that.
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people want to be liked by other people so they do what those people do. Sad but true.
Your situation seems a bit odd, kinda like that flick Disturbing Behavior almost. Do yourself a favor and don't dress like that, refuse to at all times. Make it known you are different, however this can backfire as if you are very successful in your non conformism, others may start dressing like you and then you have to rethink te whole thing.

I'm not trying to conform, but I'm not deliberately trying NOT to, either. I dress casually, and no-one comments about it. I don't really get why other people choose to look the same, though.

And they do act the same. I can't list their actions, cos contrary to popular opinion, I don't stalk those people. But I see most of them:
1) In McDonalds. Not eating. Just sitting there.
2) On any bench.
3) Walking aimlessly down streets in lines, blocking other people from passing.

Plus their regional slang and loud, often obnoxious laughter.

I dunno what 'cool' people do.
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#20
They're they type of people that are afraid to be "left out of the loop" therefore they conform and dress like the person next to them so they can fit in. They're the types that also care about what others think obviously. If they're not part of the scene, they're not "cool" enough and they're placed on a lower pedestal when their peers soar high above.
#21
The funniest thing is when people think that they're being nonconformist but still like to label themselves. Like "I'm pretty unique because I'm the only hippy around here!". Idiots.
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The funniest thing is when people think that they're being nonconformist but still like to label themselves. Like "I'm pretty unique because I'm the only hippy around here!". Idiots.

Yeah, wannabe punks do that a lot. They talk about how important it is to be yourself and stand out, whereas they look and act identical to their group of friends.

And apparently Emos do it, too. But I've never met any (not that I'd want to) so I don't know.
#23
Yeah everyone dresses the same down here, too. It's weird, then they say that they dress different than everyone else, when their friend has on the exact same clothes, then in which case, they make up some stupid excuse.

When I go somewhere, I actually do standout, because, I'm the only guy around here that dress American Western(cowboy hat,western shirt, cowboy-cut pants,cowboy boots). Even with my friends, I stick out like a sore thumb.
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#24
A person can be smart but people are stupid stupid creatures. They herd themselves like sheep. It's fear, that is why they do it. Fear of being alone, fear of not being "hip", fear of rejection, call it what you want, it's fear. You can be one or not, but you have to get rid of any fear you have.
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A person can be smart but people are stupid stupid creatures. They herd themselves like sheep. It's fear, that is why they do it. Fear of being alone, fear of not being "hip", fear of rejection, call it what you want, it's fear. You can be one or not, but you have to get rid of any fear you have.

Can't you, like, have friends without being clones of one another?

I don't share a lot of interests with some of my closest friends. Some of them are football supporters. I don't follow sports at all. They aren't musicians, and one of them thinks heavy metal is unlistenable noise. But we can still be good friends.

Why can't we accept and appreciate one another's differences? That'll solve a lot of things, including racial and sexual discrimination.
#29
Haha im with you all the way. But if you start being different and so does everbody else then we'll all be back to square one wont we? Everytime something new gets big almost EVERYBODY is in on it.

So do it alone, dont tell anybody else and just STAND OUT OF THE CROWD MOFO...


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SURE! yeah, you can have "clone" friends! If they are really your friends they'll respect your differences and grow to love your witty quirks. Look at me, I'm a 25 year old geek whose obcessed with guitars and heavy metal and still plays video games. My best friends are hockey obcessed gear heads. My other friends are total conformists, but we all get along, and they actually stay my friend because I am different from them.
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#31
Meh. Just fashion.

For some reason, just because some drug-addicted talentless "singer" bint likes wearing ill-fitting tablecloths, all the chicks here think leggings and berets are actually good looking. People should think for themselves, really. I mean, it's fine if they actually like the thing they are conforming to, but 90% of the time it seems to me they are doing it because they feel they have to. To "fit in".

If someone genuinely likes skinny jeans and pointy shoes, go them. But they probably don't; they are just doing it because the guy in Razorlight dresses that way.
#32
This is why I hate the ****ing human race. Everday I go to school, there are only three types of people. Preppy people, Stereotypical Farmer/Hillbilly Kentuckians, and a ****load of "anti-conformist" kids with gauged ears, multiple facial piercings, unnaturally coloured hair, tight jeans, studded belts, and ****ing Band Tshirts(Either Punk, or Hardcore). They don't even dress the same either every time I've been unfortunate enough to have a group of anti conformists sitting next to me in class or standing around me at lunch. They all talk about the same god damn ****, they all have the same ****ing personality. All they talk about is bitching about how their mom's didn't give them 100 dollars or drive them to the ****ing mall, or how unfair everything is. They all have the same poorly performed disgruntled attitude. And they're just a bunch of ****ing spoiled rich kids, I honestly wouldn't be able to point out a difference in personality between any two of these ****ing ****s. **** them all.

I used to think Ohio sucked because there were so many preps. But at least everybody else had an actual personality. Kentucky is ****ing cultural hellhole. I feel like I'm the only person that has a ****ing mind of their ****ing own.
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SURE! yeah, you can have "clone" friends! If they are really your friends they'll respect your differences and grow to love your witty quirks. Look at me, I'm a 25 year old geek whose obcessed with guitars and heavy metal and still plays video games. My best friends are hockey obcessed gear heads. My other friends are total conformists, but we all get along, and they actually stay my friend because I am different from them.

feel bad about video games. market research shows that males in 20's-early 30's are in fact the biggest spenders on computer games.
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Haha im with you all the way. But if you start being different and so does everbody else then we'll all be back to square one wont we? Everytime something new gets big almost EVERYBODY is in on it.

So do it alone, dont tell anybody else and just STAND OUT OF THE CROWD MOFO...

How about ignoring trends and doing your own thing, without attempts to stand out or conform? Sure, some people are like-minded, but you're all individuals. If only more people would realise that it's nothing to be ashamed of.
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How about ignoring trends and doing your own thing, without attempts to stand out or conform? Sure, some people are like-minded, but you're all individuals. If only more people would realise that it's nothing to be ashamed of.

I see what you mean. It seems that people just want to follow whats already been approved by everybody else and that the only way to be yourself or not like everyone else is to stand out.
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Seriously? Well rock on then! Most of my friends gave them up long ago but I can't quit, I'm hooked, gotta have my fix!
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