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Sunday, February 23, 2014

1351- YOLO people! Yodo people!

That’s the acronym for "You Only Live Once". A contender for the 2012 Oxford American Dictionary’s ‘word of the year’, the YOLO philosophy is gaining momentum and has become more popular than ever.Times Life finds out why…

Do you believe in "Carpe Diem"?
Live every day as if it were your last! Charter into unknown territory even if it’s fraught with risks so that you get to learn something new! Then you are in a state of YOLO, the acronym for ‘You Only Live Once’. Over the past couple of years, this word has gained momentum in the daily rhetoric of teens, young adults and social media junkies. But today, it has earned a place in pop-culture lexicons and our daily lives.

A research by University of Missouri, US, revealed when people realise that life is scarce, they focus more on positive things and appreciate everything around them. More importantly, they challenge their fears.

Last year, during census time in New Zealand, many citizens started a campaign to make this philosophy a religion, by filling out YOLO under the ‘religion’ section in their forms!

Though YOLO has been used casually for years, the word became popular after Canadian music artiste Drake featured it in his hip hop single The Motto (2011). After that, Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron got a tattoo with the acronym. Since then, several web enthusiasts have taken to using meme generator tools to create and share images that promote the YOLO trend. Twitter users commonly use the hashtag YOLO to tweet about their once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Sociologist Shiv Visvanathan comments, “YOLO is like bungee jumping. It only gives you a temporary high. Unlike other risks that you take in life, decisions taken under this philosophy are not calculated risks; it’s more like let’s party all night, because you live only once! This cultural epidemic may help you gratify your short-term goals but won’t benefit you in the long run.”
One needs to remember that while life is short, in the quest to enjoy it to the fullest, one shouldn’t hurt oneself or others, physically, emotionally and mentally.

To keep YOLO in check, a counter-philosophy called YODO (You Only Die Once) is also making its presence felt. It means just like you live once, you also die once, so stop living precariously.

(Times LIFE, TOI, 23:02:2014)

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