An ongoing social media trend has me unsettled: the labelling of certain actions or choices, in a joking manner, as "low SES" or low socioeconomic status. It started last month, when a social studies guidebook - in a section on how one's class and socioeconomic status can shape an individual's identity - attempted to come up with examples of "higher SES" or "lower SES" traits.
The writer, Rowan Luc, used a table with two columns. The one labelled higher SES had actions such as "use of formal English in daily conversation" and "regular fine dining at expensive restaurants". In the lower-SES column were "use of Singlish or... dialects in daily conversation" and "eating at hawker centres".
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