Researchers for the Digital Folklore Project housed in Utah State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences announced Monday that 2015 digital trends were about love, Donald Trump’s hair, and cats foiling terrorists.
The Digital Folklore Project tracks digital trends in three categories: Social Issues, Fun that Matters, and Animals. This year’s winner in the Social Issues category is #LoveWins, which emerged in June as a response to the Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage the law of the land. Around the world, people used this hashtag to celebrate marriage equality. Dr. Lynne S. McNeill and Dr. Jeannie B. Thomas are co-directors of the DFP. Thomas said, “Hashtags like #LoveWins show the impact of historic events on the lives of everyday people.”