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    The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon Is Freaky And You’ve Definitely Experienced It

    It's happened to you, you probably just didn't know what it was called!

    Recently I was listening to a Spotify Daily Mix when this song came on. It's called "Love It If We Made It" by a band called The 1975 who I wasn't familiar with (excuse my ignorance).

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    I liked what I was hearing, so I took a screenshot of the song to make note of it.

    The next day, a song by Imagine Dragons that I remembered from the Me Before You soundtrack randomly popped into my head, so I went to look for it and guess who else has a song on that album? The 1975.


    The day after that, I randomly heard another song I liked on Spotify. It was called "Somebody Else" by The 1975. Weird, but I figured it was just a strange coincidence and chalked it up to Spotify magic at work.

    THEN, a couple days later, my friend casually mentioned plans to go to concerts and guess who one of the bands they're seeing is?!



    The 1975 has been around since 2002. How did I go SO LONG being unfamiliar with this band, then within a span of five days, they're suddenly EVERYWHERE I LOOK?!

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    I've had this happen to me with numerous things in the past, but one common example people experience is when they buy a car, they suddenly start seeing that type of vehicle around more often.

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    If you've ever had this happen to you, it turns out you're not alone. I googled the words "hearing about something then seeing it everywhere" and the phrase "Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon" popped up.


    The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon is when you hear of/learn about/experience something for the first time, then suddenly it seems to appear everywhere.


    Apparently it got its name when a commenter heard two references to Baader-Meinhof within 24 hours, but after my experience, I'm renaming it The 1975 Effect.

    It seems this has been happening for a long time, many of us just haven't known what to refer to it as!

    Vocab help: what's the word for seeing something for the first time and then seeing it EVERYWHERE immediately after?

    But it's been happening to plenty of folks!

    okay it might just be me but does anyone else ever see something or hear about something for the first time and then all of a sudden you see that thing or hear about it everywhere???

    And it's hard not to consider that something fishy is happening!

    yall ever see or hear something for the first time then it just magically pops up everywhere after.. i swear i'm living in a simulation sometimes

    Anyway, it's good to know that when this happens, you aren't losing your mind!


    Just be prepared to see The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon everywhere now that we've all learned what it is!

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