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The trend: Silly Bandz

By Liana Butchard
Published: September 2010

From Uggs to Webkinz, it seems that there is always a new fad. The latest fad that has become increasingly popular since this summer are Silly Bandz, colorful rubber bands in all different shapes that are worn around the wrist. They are sold in packs based on the theme of the shapes, such as food, animals, letters, and more.
“I think that they are awesome, Williams fifth grader Nora Greeley said. She then adds that the newest trend is to “wear the Silly Bandz rings on your hoop earrings.
Many would think that these would be popular mostly among elementary and middle school age kids, however many teenagers and young adults are also crazy for them.
Senior Rachel Davidson, for example, proudly states that she has a collection of nearly 300 Silly Bandz and wears about 50 on her wrist on an average day. “I am addicted. I can’t leave the house without them or else my wrist and fingers feel too bare, Davidson said.
When asked why she loves Silly Bandz so much, Davidson said, “they are just really fun and expressive. It’s really fun to trade them. I get to lay out my entire pile and see all the ones I have. Truthfully, I have an emotional connection to some of my silly bands.
As Davidson pointed out, trading is one of the most popular things to do with Silly Bandz.
“When I first met my co-counselors at camp, it was a little awkward but we actually bonded by trading Silly Bandz, Davidson said.
Many people trade with other to try and get the “rare bands.  “I really want the rarest one, which is a black flashlight, Williams fifth Grader Melissa Butchard said.
Even adults have gotten in on the trend.  Some younger adults use trading Silly Bandz as a flirting tactic.
According to New York Daily News, some adults find it easier to approach another adult in a bar or club with Silly Bandz as opposed to a pick-up line.
Others, however, are less taken by this new fad. Freshman Andrew Cheung thinks that “they are not worth it and extremely overpriced.
“I think that they are cute, but we will look back and wonder why we spent so much money on overpriced rubber bands, freshman Minh-An Quinn said.
Some schools have even banned them due to how distracting the trading can be.  “Silly Bandz are allowed at Williams, but the teachers hate them, Butchard said.
Medically, it is suspected that the bands could cause circulation problems.
“These bands could cause what we call a tourniquet effect that can cause your veins to get congested. The bracelets could cause blood clots to form in some of the veins, giving someone a phlebitis, which is an inflammation and clotting of the vein, Dr. Gregory Simonian, chief of endovascular surgery and director of the Heart Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, said.
Many kids wear their bands up to their elbows which puts them at a serious risk.  Most doctors agree that a few of the bands are fine, but it becomes a problem when the bands could possibly be cuttng off circulation.
“If the bracelet is causing a significant indentation in the skin and the tissue, causing arm swelling, a change in feeling like numbness or tingling, or color change, those are all signs that the bands are constricting and need to be cut off immediately, Simonian said.
Regardless of these medical concerns, our nation is now overrun with the colorful shaped bands, and they don’t appear to be going away soon.

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