You might be surprised to hear that the desire to have whiter teeth is not some new fad of the 21st century. You would think this considering how vein our society has become in the last 20 years or so. This is down to a number of things but social media has a been a huge factor in this.
The rise of Instagram in particular has been thousands of now famous “Instagrammers” who make a living off of taking photos of themselves. When typed out that seems absolutely bizarre but none the less it is true. Ireland is no different and we to have fallen into this narcissistic society.
Gym membership has gone through to roof which is a good thing but it is more for the look than the health aspect. To go with this industries like teeth whitening are also booming according to Glorysmile.ie who have reported huge growth in the last few months. 20 years ago guys would not have had their teeth whitened or gone to tanning beds but now it is socially acceptable.
Is this leading to the death of our culture as we all become more and more like the USA? There is an argument for both sides. Of course the Irish culture has diminished rapidly in the last 20 – 30 years. Due to the boom known as the Celtic Tiger we lost our ways in the success that we secured.
It was the first time Ireland has seen such financial success and we did not handle it well by any means which meant that a lot of people took huge losses in the following decade from 2008 when the recession hit Ireland hard. We did not prepare for the bad times in the good times and this should be a lesson learned as again our economy looks to be getting good again.
We hope that great organisations like the GAA will keep a strong hold on Irish culture and so far they have done a great job. Money can lead us down the wrong path but they have kept true to their roots and we hope this continues so we have a strong Irish culture going forward.