Scientists Explain Why Goths Stay Goths For Life

By middle age, most punk rockers have retired their safety pins and ravers have tossed their giant pants. But a lot of goths stay clad in black, reading sad poetry, well past their twenties. Dr. Paul Hodkinson, a sociologist at Surrey University who has been studying goths since the 1990s, explained why the angsty subculture has such staying power:

“[Although the aesthetic and clothing are important, the primary tenets of involvement in this subculture mean being] thoroughly passionate about goth music and style, and some goths would tell you they have an interest in the dark side of life, and a natural tendency towards a degree of angst …It’s a relatively middle-class subculture, so despite all the going out and being into the music, goths have always had a fairly positive view of people who are also achieving academically.”

Dr. Paul Hodkinson that these depressed intellectuals, who tended to succeed in their chosen careers, were willing to stop wearing black nail polish or dying their hair blue if their work environment called for it. Goths with careers and families Hodkinson noted, have found a way of “growing up together and taking on various elements of adulthood later perhaps than others might, but doing it as a cohort of people who are passionate about the same thing, and who support each other.”

While I’ve ditched the black lipstick and fishnets of my goth past, I will never leave behind my interest in the dark side of like and my natural angst. Nor will I ever stop listening to The Smiths. [The Guardian]