What is cool? It's a daunting question that's confounded philosophers, artists, advertisers, and parents since the dawn of time. Is it an aesthetic? Is it a mindset? Is it Lorde?
One Reddit user — likely a clueless single dad trying to relate to his wayward son — decided to mine the minds of Reddit's youth movement to find out what young people think is cool.
"Atheism is in vogue this school year. A lot of people are saying they're atheist just to spite their parents, a kid said he was Scientologist because he believes in science." — Noriguy
"Being uncool is the definition of cool nowadays, but not too uncool, or you would be seriously uncool. Other than that, Captain America t-shirts, and silly made up words like bae and selfie." — ICreeper10
"E-cigs. I graduated high school last year and at least a third of my school had them. None of them even smoked cigarettes or anything before, just started smoking E-cigs because they are fun" — CopenhagenNatty
"I'm 16 and the big thing now is acting like you care about issues, I remember when the sandy hook shooting happened this girl in my class walked in with a "stop the hail of bullets" shirt she made. I asked her what recent shooting have been around and all she had to repeat was "Columbians." And yes that's how she pronounced it." — LoneDemize
"Being happy. There are so many people with depression in school now that anyone who is genuinely happy stands out and is admired." — Thekidwiththelisp
We like that last one the best.