It is so easy to get wrapped up in fads, whether they’re for diets, clothing, cars, appliances, or something else along those lines. We are all guilty of succumbing to peer pressure at some point in our lives, but doing so could cause you to spend a lot of money for minimal use from a product. Are you still on the Atkins Diet? Do you still use your Perfect Pancake? Do you still wear that scarf that converts to a shirt? No, of course not. This article is designed to help you avoid similar mistakes in the future. Here are some quick tips to avoid falling for fads.
Wait to Join in
Rather than being involved with something right when it comes out, wait a few months and see if it is still around. Most fads will start off huge and then quickly fizzle out, all because people test it out and see it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Let everyone else be the guinea pig, and you can hop on board after they have really had time to assess the situation. If the fad turns into a trend, you can start thinking about becoming a part of it.
Most fads are blatantly ridiculous, but they become popular because people ignore that. There was a big radish diet going around once that only allowed people to eat radishes throughout the day. How does that sound like a balanced diet? Sure, it may work on a short term basis, but the long term results just aren’t there. Think about a product or technique carefully before giving it a try. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Listen to the Critics
The public may have a different opinion than the critics when it comes to the awesomeness of a product or process, but the critics are almost always right. They take an unbiased look at something and make sure that people see it the way it is meant to be seen. The public gets too wrapped up in the media’s portrayal of the product, rather than focusing on reality. You need to take the steps to avoid that.
Try It Yourself
Worse comes to worse, you could always try whatever the fad may be and see if it works for you. When you do this though, make sure you take everything into consideration. Don’t just focus on the hype. If you find the fad to be worthy of your time, stick with it and see if it sticks. If you think it’s just waste of money, let other people know about it. You could save other people from falling for fads as well. Talk about a service to your country.
Use the tips above to avoid getting in a fad trap, and you’ll be able to shop more wisely in the future.
About the Author: Courtney Griffin is an accomplished writer, mother, designer, and product reviewer. She uses Ukritic.com to tell other people about her experiences so they can potentially learn from them.