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The Positives of Unpopular Opinions

Mean Girls…confessing an unfavorable opinion could feel just like a lunch-room scene out of this iconic movie. The “Plastics” would torment anyone who had an alternative style or differing opinion. In reality, having an unpopular opinion inspires individuality. Go for it!

In Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man had every right to be mad.

An “unpopular opinion” is an opinion that society deems as “abnormal” since it goes against the mainstream belief. Sharing an unpopular opinion is the opposite of participating in “groupthink,” a term used to describe people who are not willing to go against what the majority of society thinks is acceptable to believe because they are conforming to society’s standards and expectations.

Having an “undesirable” opinion can affect life in a variety of ways for some, including the possibility of being shunned by others who don’t support their opinions, being treated differently, and feeling embarrassment in group conversations.

The current manifestation of “Cancel culture” is frequently associated with unpopular opinions about more consequential topics, but unpopular opinions can relate to smaller topics, too. For example, the famous video-clip app Tiktok has a commentary section on each post where viewers debate irrationally over the smallest things. This is a large reason today why people are undoubtedly afraid of rejection and becoming an outcast over their unpopular opinions.

Social media is a waste of time.

However, today’s modern technology has served as a benefit for those who are too bashful to voice their uncommon opinions in real life. Social media platforms can be used for this purpose, such as posting under hashtags that relate to unpopular opinions. They’re relevant in today’s society because they can affect personal relationships, help express oneself, and could help create friendship bonds.

Stating unpopular opinions can be valuable, as it can strengthen close relationships with those who do agree, or form new friendships since there would be a “common ground” to inspire creating the friendship. It can also promote divergent thinking, as sharing unpopular thoughts can help make people think of something they haven’t thought of before, allowing one to view ideas from multiple perspectives. This can permit people to become better decision-makers since being receptive to unpopular opinions is a result of independent thinking, not society’s prescribed values.

Unpopular opinions can be about a range of subjects, such as celebrities, music, political and historical decisions/figures, art, food, etc. For example, an anonymously surveyed LRHS junior said that “Krispy Kreme is better than Dunkin’ Donuts.” 

Stranger Things’ first season is better than the rest.

For those who would like to attempt to share their unpopular opinions, if the other person that someone is telling is angry, try not to engage in an argument. Have an explanation prepared behind the belief in the opinion, so it sounds legit. Find others who agree in the same style. Agree to disagree, and realize that not everyone will be supportive. Be proud of having them.

The more people feel comfortable sharing unpopular opinions, and can do so in an appropriate way, the more receptive society will become to hearing them. Whatever the opinion, it’s up to individuals to force down the barriers of society’s pre-judgments in place of substantial debate and open dialogue.

Sharing Opinions in Today’s “Cancel Culture”

The risk of sharing one’s unpopular opinion has recently gained more attention due to the prominence of society’s current “cancel culture.” “Cancel culture” has been coined as derogatory, meaning to literally ignore the existence of someone based on an opinion they have, that may be viewed as the “incorrect” way to think.

For those who wish to share their unpopular opinions on more serious issues, these are some tips that can help.