Understanding Trends and Fads Quiz

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Which of the following is an example of a fad?

Hula hoops

What contribution did fads make to the country?

Fads stimulated the economy through short-term consumer demand

Is Facebook an example of a trend or a fad?

Facebook is a trend

Why are trends and fads necessary for national and economic development?

They drive innovation and consumer demand

How does the picture relate to the concepts of trends and networks?

The picture shows a social media network, which is an example of a trend

What is the main difference between a trend and a fad?

Trends have a lasting impact on society, while fads do not

What term is used to describe any form of collective behavior that develops within a culture, generation, or social group in which people enthusiastically follow an impulse for a finite period?


Which of the following is NOT an example of a fad mentioned in the text?


What term is used to describe objects or behaviors that achieve short-lived popularity but fade away?


What is the defining characteristic of fads according to the text?

Sudden popularity

When does a fad begin to 'catch on,' according to the text?

When adoption increases noticeably

How are fads different from habits or customs according to the text?

Fads are less enduring

Facebook was initially created for which of the following groups?

College students at Harvard University

Which of the following best describes Facebook's initial growth after its launch?

It gradually expanded to other college campuses, then high schools, companies, and the general public

Based on its widespread adoption and continued growth, Facebook can be considered:

An innovation that changed social media

Which feature was NOT originally part of Facebook when it launched?

Integration with third-party apps and games

Facebook's core purpose has remained primarily as a:

Social networking site for personal connections

Which of these statements about Facebook is NOT true?

Its popularity peaked in the late 2000s and has declined since

Study Notes

Trend vs Fad

  • A fad is a form of collective behavior that develops within a culture, social group, or generation, characterized by a short-lived popularity.
  • Fads are sudden, quick-spreading, and short-lived.
  • Examples of fads include diets, clothing, hairstyles, toys, and fad dances like the Macarena and the twist.
  • Fads are similar to habits or customs but are less durable.
  • Fads often result from an activity or behavior being perceived as emotional or "cool" within a peer group.
  • A fad "catches on" when the number of people adopting it increases to the point of being noteworthy.

Characteristics of Fads

  • Fads are short-lived and fade quickly when the perception of novelty is gone.
  • Fads are often popular or exciting within a peer group or social network.

Examples of Fads and their Contributions

  • Yo-yos: contributed to the toy industry's growth
  • Hula hoops: contributed to the fitness and recreational activities industry
  • Fad dances: contributed to the music and entertainment industry

Trend or Fad: Facebook

  • Facebook is an example of a trend, as it has maintained its popularity over time and has adapted to changing user needs.

Importance of Trends and Fads

  • Trends and fads are necessary for national and economic development, as they drive innovation and cultural progress.
  • Trends and fads can contribute to the growth of various industries, such as toy, fashion, and entertainment.

Test your knowledge on differentiating between trends and fads. Explore the concept of collective behavior within a culture through instances like the Kiev 2013. Be prepared to provide insights and ideas through various forms like essays and graphic representations.

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