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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.”

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