America's Obsession with Coloring is a Cry for Help
Here's a quote:
"In a very short time, coloring has proven surprisingly addictive for America’s stressed, anxious, and overworked. Therapeutic without being therapy, meditative without being meditation, creative without being creation, artsy without being art, the supposedly soothing activity has also become a big business—in 2015 alone, US sales of coloring books shot up from 1 to 12 million units."
So it got me thinking... Not to say that coloring is bad or detrimental or even a waste of time, but perhaps it is a signal? While we are surrounded with images, perhaps what we, as a society, are missing is hands-on art, up close and personal. Creativity is a craving and most people aren't satisfying it. Besides "relaxation" (everyone has stress and it's been that way through all of history), perhaps the coloring trend is showing a deep need people have to create. Since art instruction and practice is not emphasized (as compared to math and reading and science) in our developing years, we have found coloring as an approachable form of creativity. If one can't make the beautiful drawings, at least one can feast one's eyes on them while filling them with color in an attempt to satisfy the need for making something beautiful. Anyone can do it.
Comments, thoughts, ideas? Let's discuss!