From pills to books on methods. There are now pills and medication for all kinds of things – illnesses, vitamins, emotional boosters (sad, happy, relaxed), aids to sleep or focus, etc. There are also guide books + how to's, question to answers on platforms like Google.
- Why do people rely on prescriptions in life?
- At what point, do these prescriptions or "medications" become crutches? How useful are these prescriptions?
- Do they become harmful and prevent more natural ways of getting to the desired end result?
- In what ways are prescriptions used in other parts of life?
- What are side effects of a prescriptive lifestyle?
- What are the pros and cons to quick fixes and what are the long term effects?
- Do people become addicted to the "efficiency"?
Distracted Walking + Waiting
From music to phone usage. Whether it's waiting in line at Starbucks, or walking to class, when people are alone, they tend to listen to music or look at their phones.
- Why do people feel the need to use their phones or listen to music while walking or waiting?
- How does the concept of silence or stillness change?
- Do people feel the need to be constantly connected?
- Are people on their phones to be connected or as a distraction from stillness?
- How does social interaction change?
- Does this prevent social interaction?
- What becomes the acceptable amount of time to wait or walk without needing to use a phone or listen to music?
- Are there connotations associated with people who simply wait?
- What are the social connotations?
- How does this change when walking or waiting with one other person, or more?
- How does this change with music use or phone use?
BuzzFeed personality quizzes + similar quizzes have become very popular. People always take them (once or a few times) to see what personality they are.
- Why do people take these quizzes?
- Do people take these quizzes to revalidate themselves and who they want to be?
- Do people take these quizzes because they like being told what kind of person they are?
- How do these quizzes shape people's concern about their reputation or public perception?
- What is the function of these quizzes besides entertainment?
- How is the concept of self perception changed when you share the results?
From makeup + hairstyles, to tattoos + piercings, to plastic surgery. More and more people are using makeup + hair, and tattoos + piercings as a way to express themselves, an art form, or in other ways.
- How do these methods function in western + eastern (or other) societies?
- Why do people feel the need to use this?
- How does it behave as a cosmetic function, a statement of personal identity, style, or personality?
- Why does some methods violate social norms or carry certain connotations (ex. tattoos, piercings, cosmetic surgery)?
- How do some methods (ex. makeup) act as a crutch or a way of hiding vs. as an enabler?
- How do all of these methods change the scheme of beauty standards?
- In what ways would these methods change when viewed in different ways -- communication, distinction + grouping, artwork, etc.?
- At what point does cosmetic augmentation become unnatural or inhuman?
- Does this become addictive?
- How does it affect social status and self- confidence?