Have Silly Bandz Peaked?

Now that adults are using them to flirt, it stands to reason that the shaped rubber band sensation Silly Bandz might be on the wane among its original core user group: actual children.

I was at the movies recently in Charlotte, NC and saw a few Silly Bandz sitting on the cash register behind the concession stand. I turned to a local high school junior who babysits for several local families and asked if they were still a hit amongst the actual youth. “[For high schoolers] they were big this summer but not now that school has started… the middle schoolers stopped wearing them a year ago,” she said.

While the trend might continue to rage in other communities, at least in one city the fad has already crested among schoolchildren, though apparently it’s still big in their embittered movie worker scene.

No kidding: Grown-ups using rubber Silly Bandz to flirt in bars and clubs [New York Daily News]


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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    When adults start using the childrens’ “in” thing, it’s officially uncool. I think it’s a law or something.

    Same as when companies start embracing the hip trends in order to engage their customers. It’s officially becomes uncool. This is why Facebook and Twitter are, officially, not cool.

    • TouchMyMonkey says:

      Could have told ya that. The quickest way to kill a fad is for Mom and Dad to embrace it.

      • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

        It must have something to do with being a parent, since last time they gave away a unique Pokemon at Toys R Us, my eagerness to form the line didn’t make the seeds less interested at all.

        Got a few “oooh, you dirty pedophile” looks from some of the parents, though.

        • human_shield says:

          “Got a few “oooh, you dirty pedophile” looks from some of the parents, though.”

          ….wait, what?

          • Phil Villakeepinitrreal says:

            Some people assume that an adult can’t have an interest in toys unless there’s some nefarious purpose. And what would be a more obvious nefarious purpose for an interest in toys than using them to lure their little snowflakes into your home and do naughty things to them?

        • ill informed says:

          maybe because you refer to kids as “seeds”

    • youbastid says:

      Yeah, Facebook has really fallen off the map since adults started using it 3 years ago.

      • kenj0418 says:

        I’m reading this as sarcasm – but I think you are correct. The COOLNESS of Facebook probably has dropped considerably. Kids (and adults) still use it because it is useful (for some definitions of useful).

        For kids at this point it’s probably less that being on facebook is cool than it is NOT being on facebook is weird.

        • Crass says:

          Facebook is quickly becoming the new Myspace. 5 years from now people will scoff at facebook (as they do to Myspace now) and some other crappy website will take the reigns and then quickly become uncool.

    • MongoAngryMongoSmash says:

      We love Chinpokomon too! It’s super toy number one!

    • quail says:

      I read an article over the summer stating that Facebook is big among the 30 to 50 range and that its use among the teens to mid twenty-somethings is incredibly low, with only pockets of heavy users only in certain areas. The number one reason kids give for not using Facebook was that they didn’t want to be where their parents were.

      When it comes to being cool, Facebook lost that about a year after they stopped being exclusive to people with education email accounts. Yea, they’re making oodles of money and they’re knocking on Google’s door when it comes to dominance; but really, they provide something that people can live without. Whereas Google gets used for business, school papers, and porn research all the time.

  2. nybiker says:

    I have to admit that I have never heard of them, so I was thinking there was some sort dig at the various bands that are used to indicate support of one cause or another. FWIW, I don’t keep track of those colors, so I don’t know if wristbands in general are cool or not.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      It’s cool for some and not for others. It comes down to motive. If you’re wearing it because you have a real connection to the cause (John C. McGinley wearing a down syndrome wristband because his son has down syndrome comes to mind) it can’t be uncool. If you’re wearing it precisely because you think it’s cool, one day it will cease to be so.

      • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

        What if I wear a wristband for “uncool” because I’m uncool… that then BECOMES cool, right? I mean, not-uncool = cool.

        Oh how I so want to walk around with a paradox on my wrist.

      • nybiker says:

        I think you are correct in your assumptions. Me, I don’t wear any wristbands.

      • longcat says:

        I ordered custom rubber bracelets for myself. Not because they’re trendy, but for use as a medical ID. they are white with bold, red lettering. One side reads “Type one Diabetic” and the other side reads “Insulin dependent.” They’re plenty noticeable enough to emergency personnel, but most people just think it’s just another rubber bracelet. :)

  3. aloria says:

    When they start making them with the Android logo, you know it’s approaching unhipness.


    • jesirose says:

      If you or anyone else here has an Etsy membership, go ahead and report that as Handmade: not made by seller (The wording is confusing, but it’s to indicate that since Etsy is for handmade items (or vintage, or supplies) this item doesn’t belong)

  4. AnonymousCoward says:

    Another pop trend that I knew nothing about.

  5. Das G says:

    My kids’ elementary school banned them when the new year started back in July (year round schools). That pretty much killed them, though they were dying before then anyway.

    • Michaela says:

      Why were they banned? Were they a class disruption or something?

      • Jezz1226 says:

        I’ve heard of other schools banning them and the reasoning is usually that its distracting in the classroom since kids often trade them and do it during school time and then disagreements over the trades happen too (same reason I remember pogs being banned when I was younger).

        • Rachacha says:

          Same at my kids school (Elementary). Some of the Silly Bands were unique or difficult to find, and would result in trades of 2 for 1 or more for 1. My daughter had a bunch, and she took them to school and traded them all away and got ony a few back in return (She is a terrible negotiator and her older brother takes advantage of this all the time). This results in parents who are upset, kids who are upset, accusations of theft and just a general distraction from the learning environment. My kids still ask for them, but their requests for them are becoming less and less frequent. They will look at the designs in the stores, but usually say they are “stupid” and don’t ask mom and dad for money, or make a request to use their allowance money.

      • evnmorlo says:

        Teachers hate kids having fun.

      • TalKeaton: Every Puzzle Has an Answer! says:

        Hah! I’d heard they were banned from MY elementary school because kids were wearing SO MANY of them SO FAR up their arms that they were cutting off blood flow to their hands.

        …That MAY be rumor. Or not.

  6. Cicadymn says:

    I’ve never heard of these before.

    I’m 23 and I’m already an old person who can’t keep up with all these whipper-snappers rubberband related trends. I think it must be that tweeter and what not. Full of Gagas and Beibers, boy I can’t stand that crap.

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  8. Hoss says:

    You know, at a certain age, you’re forbidden to talk to unfamiliar high school (and younger) girls… Unfortunately. We’re living in strange times

  9. teke367 says:

    I’ve heard of them, but I didn’t know middle schoolers and high schoolers ever wore them, I thought it was just elementary school kids. Like a 21st century slap bracelet.

    • corrie06 says:

      Slap bracelet. That takes me back…

    • Michaela says:

      They sell them at the university book store where I study. Actually, I just saw my RA wearing them.

      I still don’t get it though. Nobody can see the shape when you are wearing them!

    • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

      ahahaaaa…. I was going to write that, you beat me to it. Those were the best when I was in 7th grade.

  10. Robofish says:

    When the knockoffs start appearing you know the trend is beginning to peak. There were so many places that had them at the beach this year. That clued me in. My fiance banned them in her class at school because kids were fighting over them.

  11. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    “I went on a date with a girl. She gave me one. Two days later, another girl gave me another Silly Band. I felt important.”

    I’m mean for finding that funny. I think it’s the voice I’m reading that in. In my head this is the voiceover in a sitcom talking right before the lead character makes it his mission to get the most bands of everyone at his school.

    Yeah, I don’t get the Silly Bandz thing. Doesn’t it mostly lose it’s shape once it’s on your wrist? Also, I think they were supposed to link together. I thought I saw a girl doing that at the optometrist’s office.

    Yeah, I liked slap bracelets but those things went from straight to curled up. It was nifty at the time.

  12. E. Zachary Knight says:

    I teach some 12 and 13 year old kids at church and they are still into them. So it is still a “cool” think amongst kids that age at least in central Oklahoma

  13. PanCake BuTT says:

    As long as it doesn’t involve flirting with the woman pictured, I’m good money. & game.

  14. katia802 says:

    They’re popular at my school. I’m studying Vet Tech, so of course it’s always the animal ones. Even had a teacher giving them out as prizes for knowing our vocab words, lol

  15. AlxFherMana says:

    I’m genuinely confused. I don’t know that I’d be more inclined to talk to a guy wearing a colorful plastic bracelet shaped like a dollar sign. Really, wtf?

  16. DigitalShawn says:

    Worst thing to come from Toledo Ohio yet, and created by a failed nightclub owner who was constantly getting his strip clubs and “bars” shut down.

  17. Awesome McAwesomeness says:

    Somehow, I imagine that only a certain type of adult would wear them to “flirt.” Probably not anyone too desirable since they are rubber bands in bright colors.

  18. Kid Notorious says:

    Wow… I like to think of myself as fairly savvy in the pop culture arena and I have no idea WTF these things are…

  19. StrangeEmily says:

    So no-one else thought Silly Bands were an American version of the shag band or jelly band then? When I think of children wearing these things I’m disturbed.

  20. whatdoyoucare says:

    I really like them because they are so inexpensive that my daughter can easily afford them w/o having to ask me for money. I think they are 12/$1. Gotta love the fad almost everyone can afford.

    • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

      My local pharmacy is still selling them for 12/$3.99. WTF. My kids come home from school with them as gifts (9 yr old and 5 yr old) but the fashion trend has definitely hit it’s peak in upstate NY. People still wear them… just not as much. Though it is fun to see some of the parents wearing them, stuttering and saying things like “Oh, my daughter made me wear these last night and she forgot to ask for them back!” Then the mother removes them in a crowd of parents and hides them in her pocket. Classic.

  21. Plasmafox says:

    Around here when I was in elementary they were just doodads the school sold for extra money. By the time I was in middle school they meant something totally vulgar. Only the girls wore them, and it was basically color code for their sexual history.

    By the time I was in high school, LiveStrong bracelets started getting worn, and then the 800 variations, but they couldn’t quite muster up enough lame to go away. Then Colbert started his ironic “WristStrong” thing and that pushed it just far enough to officially jump the shark.

    • jesirose says:

      The first bracelets you mention, Those were plain round bracelets, different from these. The second are also much different, they are thick and have writing. Did you read the article?

      • SunnyLea says:

        Not only that, but the idea that most girls would go around advertising they’d, say, “done anal,” rather than just, idunno, enjoying the pretty colors is really silly.

  22. Sword_Chucks says:

    What are silly bands? Im 24 and must have missed something

  23. Cantras says:

    I see these things on customers in the drive through and I want to yell at them. “You are an ADULT wearing a RUBBER BAND as fashion accessory.”

  24. StrangeEmily says:

    When you break one on the girls wrist, the girl would have to do what the color said.

    Colour codes are:
    Yellow – hug.
    Pink – hickey.
    Orange/purple – kiss.
    Red – lap dance.
    Green/blue – oral.
    Clear – whatever the other person wants.
    Black – sex.
    White – flash.

    I had a lot of friends who would go clubbing and wear 10 black ones on their wrist, and then brag to her friends on how many were broken.
    Thats why it got the name “Shag Bands” because that was the most common colour.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      No stories about “rainbow parties”? I sometimes wonder if parents come up with these stories, and then teens watch a news story about it, or are “warned” by an adult, and then adopt the ideas.

  25. Daggertrout says:

    The Silly Bank kiosk in the mall had closed up last time I was there.

  26. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Ben, I would like to complain. I thought I was the only one on this site who is allowed/supposed to strike up conversations with random high school girls.

  27. watchwhathappens says:

    I’ve seen them at *gas stations*, so…yeah

  28. LordXar says:

    They are still very popular at my daughters elementary school. She is often trading them with her friends. We also give them out at the doctors office instead of stickers sometimes.

  29. zibby says:

    My 9 y.o. hasn’t looked at hers since June. A lot of corner shops are going to be wearing a lot of Silly Bandz inventory.

  30. theycallmeGinger says:

    According to that photo, yes.

  31. BeFrugalNotCheap says:

    kaepa shoes were boss back in the day. I remember my mom getting me a shit load of different colors of those little interchangeable triangles. THAT was the bomb.

  32. phallusu says:

    it’s like Christmas – finally (but having a rubber band around my wrist is not a goal for me)