The slime trend revival began in 2015 and peaked in 2017, which was dubbed the year of slime. The recent trend in slime with all of its variations and explosive popularity can be credited to social media.
History of Slime Trend
- According to Aleene's Original, the recent trend in slime with all of its variations and explosive popularity can be attributed to social media.
- The slime trend revival began in 2015 with "a few young people posting slime videos—videos showing how to make slime as well as videos of people playing with slime—to Instagram."
- This was followed by an influx of followers to these social media accounts and also the growth of other accounts featuring similar videos.
- Other kids who discovered slime videos in their social media feeds went ahead to start YouTube and Instagram accounts to feature their creativity and experiments using slime.
- Slime became a crafty material that shows how creative one is. People began their experiments with the substance and tried changing its texture, flexibility, smell, fluffiness by adding a specific substance like detergents and baking soda.
- They also tried to make it more attractive by adding glitter, pearls, essences, and by making it more colorful.
- A YouTube search on "how to make slime" yields more than 7 million results. In 2017, the search for how to make slime returned over 11 million results.
- Due to the transient nature of trends, creators started the slime dares. Some slime experts believe that the trend still has some years left to trend.
- Aleene's Original opined that the slime trend revival began in 2015.
- The trend became very famous in 2017. "How to make slime or just slime videos were under the most searched elements on YouTube."
- Many YouTubers came to light by making videos of slime and by selling them. Also, people began thinking of it as a means to let out the stress within.
- The year 2017 was dubbed the year of slime. It became Google's top trend in 2017.
- In the U.K in 2017, "how to make slime" was the most popular query Googled, while the global search interest increased by 450pc over the past 12 months.
- In 2017, the DIY slime trend "snowballed into a global craze popular among children, in a similar vein to fidget spinners and loom, bands, after Instagram accounts in the Far East dedicated to the colorful slime began popping up last year."
- Since then, interest in slime in the United States and the United Kingdom has exploded, with YouTube and Instagram accounts on how to make the gooey formation attracting millions of followers and creating popular hashtags such as #slimetutorial.
- In 2017, there were 12 million slime YouTube tutorials and 3 million pictures on Instagram.
- The report by Aleene's Original suggests that "many young budding chemists enjoy the process of making slime, even more than playing with it."
- The source opines that the real reason behind slime's popularity is auditory in nature. "The appeal of the videos—often featuring a tub of slime being poked at repeatedly—is that distinctive slurping sound the slime produces when moved, stretched, and interacted with."
- Watching a person's hands mold the slime is thought to provide Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) relief.
- Also, the trend benefited from the growing number of YouTube/Instagram followers of people who make slime and the financial benefits of owning such channels.
- Karina Garcia, known as the "slime queen with more than 6 million subscribers on YouTube, makes $200,000 monthly from sponsorships on her slime recipe videos.
- The slime trend soon started to replace the fidget spinner used by people to relieve stress. People claimed that they were able to calm their senses, having watched the creative videos of making slime.
- The slime making trend is thought to help people use and activate the sense of feel and touch the texture of substances.
- For the sake of children's safety, organic slimes that were deemed safe for kids were made.