What is a Lifestyle?
LIFESTYLE refers to human growth, development, and adjustment that takes place between adolescence and adulthood. This concept has some interesting historical roots. The word was first introduced by Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler in his famous article, The Case of Miss R. In this article, the word was first used with the more general meaning of a person’s basic personality as established at early childhood.
In the last few years, with the increasing popularity of social media and online communities such as Facebook and Twitter, the word lifestyle has become much more associated with online social interaction. For example, users who log on to these sites are exposed to a variety of lifestyle content which can include their activities, interests, beliefs, and other activities and emotions. In this way, the LIFESTYLE concept was applied to Lifestyle as well.
The Lifestyle that is described here is very different from that of Bebo, which is a German word for bohemian. Lifestyle at this point signifies acceptance of a wide range of interesting people (usually men), shared ideas and practices, and a rejection of traditional norms. Being a part of the Lifestyle means having a strong opinion about things. This is what is behind the popularity of the podcasts, videos, and other back-to-the-land movement that are so pervasive in today’s online culture.
The concept of a healthy lifestyle is what fosters a LIFESTYLE. It is the idea that there is a lot of room for growth and experimentation in your personal and professional life. Some Lifestyles are explicitly political, like that of Pod Save America. Others are more passive, such as that of a Solo Lifestyle, where the person is their own boss.
There is also the Lifestyle that is described in the Bebop Dictionary as a “type of living that singles out a particular individual or lifestyle… In other words, a minimalistic lifestyle.” As far as definitions go, the minimalist lifestyle is one characterized by minimalism in both personal and business life. One can also define a Lifestyle as a “form of private or public behaviour characterized by the avoidance of clutter and the avoidance of mass production.”
At its most basic level, the Vegan Lifestyle might be considered a form of Lifestyle. It would not, however, be considered a Vegan Lifestyle in the strictest sense because it does not allow any animal products into the diet. Veganism is a broad umbrella term encompassing a number of diverse lifestyles, but also allows for a reduction in animal exploitation. Because Veganism is so broad, it could be considered a Vegan Lifestyle in a non-vegan manner. A vegan may, however, eat Vegan foods and engage in Vegan practices while being Vegan.