What is frivolous?

What Does frivolous Mean

Frivolous is that which is insubstantial or light . This adjective, which comes from the Latin frivŏlus , allows us to qualify certain shows, publications, texts and songs, where the sensual and the form predominate rather than the content. People who adopt light and superficial behaviors are also classified as frivolous .

Frivolity is usually associated with stupidity or a form of unconsciousness . The person who is frivolous does not commit to reality and limits himself to staying with the banal . However, frivolity is an inherent and, for many, a necessary part of human behavior .

There are those who claim that time and space are needed for frivolity and lack of commitment. In these cases, the frivolous is associated with fun and revelry, and represents a kind of break from everyday problems. Of course, excess frivolity implies a neglect of reality and represents a problem, be it personal (not attending to one's own questions) or social (lack of solidarity with the problems of others).
In the same way, we also find the fact that within the media sector the term "frivolous" is used to refer to certain types of publications. In this case, the most frequent is to use that one to qualify what are the gossip magazines, that is, those publications that address issues related to the private lives of famous people in society, whether they are singers, actors or models.
Among the most important fictional characters within the world of culture who have also been qualified with this adjective is, for example, Dorian Gray. This is the protagonist of the novel that Óscar Wilde wrote in 1890 with the title “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. He appears to us as an attractive young man whose only concern in life is his physical appearance and also enjoying all kinds of pleasures, mainly sexual, regardless of whether they are well seen by society or not.
It is precisely interesting to note also that within the history of television in Spain there was a program called "History of frivolity." The great director and creative Narciso Ibáñez Serrador was in charge of creating this space where, through humor, the viewer was told some of the events or historical situations where eroticism or being frivolous have been present: the life of Adam and Eve, the discovery of America or the figure of the biblical Salome.
Frivolity also appears linked to a cultural form. The products and services luxury, for example, often have extra value because the person who acquires want to display them in a flippant attitude. It is not only important to have a gold watch, but the buyer wants to display it and let everyone know about the acquisition.
Frivolity, therefore, is also a way of life driven by commercial and sometimes political interests (it is preferable that society remains superficial and does not commit to change).

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