Recently, ear stretching has been becoming the top flavor of fashion globally. Archaeological findings find ear stretching popular since many millennia. There are quite a few reasons for its gaining popularity. Few of them are:
- Fashion – Body piercing and body modification fashion trends come in waves. Ear stretching has recently been getting extremely popular as a fashion statement especially in the upper social elite class. Certain social cliques as well as subcultures also tend to get associated with ear stretching like punk, emo musicians and others. This gets associated with punk fashion or lifestyle choices.
- Influence of Tattooing – Tattooing has been extremely ubiquitous among the young and the middle generation today and ear piercing goes well with it, blending in smoothly to enhance the effect. Ear stretching has come up as the extension of style statement for tattooing.
- Cultural Tradition – Ear stretching and ear piercing have also been practiced for occult reasons and indigenous cultural reasons amongst various tribes and tribal castes especially of those belonging to Asia, South America and Africa. It did not only symbolize affiliation to a specific tribe but also stood as a sign of power or supremacy. It is also conjoined with quasi-religious beliefs which make earlobes stretching as a conforming norm to various social and religious practices.