The Social Impact of the Modern Hipster

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Welcome back to My Census Maps. It has been a long time coming (mostly because I’ve been insanely busy with work) but I’ve finally got around to putting the wheels on this blog and pushing it off on it’s way!

You would have seen in my welcome post that My Census Maps will be a place where I muse on pertinent social and economic issues that face the modern world today. I’ll be nosediving into subjects like health and education.

This article i’ll be covering that I think quite a few of the male readership will enjoy perusing. I want to talk about the social impact of the modern hipster, in particular his look – his attire, tattoos, and unforgettably his well trimmed and tidy beard.

As a self confessed non-hipster, I live in a small area of London where you can’t walk 5 yards without bumping into one. They never cease to amaze me with their quirky clothing, their overly eccentric tastes, and their arcane interests. Personally, I don’t dislike them – I just think most hipsters are a little bit lost and confused, and perhaps even insecure.

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Especially in London, it’s hard to stick out from the crowd and assure yourself that you’re different from everyone else. Perhaps this is what spawned the hipster movement. But the problem it is now so popular, that being a hipster doesn’t really mean you’re standing out from the crowd at all.

One positive though is that many new businesses in obscure niches have flourished due to the influx sudden interest. Beard grooming products are a perfect example of this. Until a few years ago, you’re average Joe would have struggled to tell you exactly what beard grooming kit is, but anyone under 35 seems to know, and also list off many different brands with different scents.

Are hipsters here to stay? Perhaps it is just a phase and they will be gone without a trace before too long. What do you think?