The Do It Yourself Trend and DIY Books

Do it yourself or do-it-yourself (DIY) is the phrase used for methods of installing, building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of trained professionals. DIY is often termed as a form of “behavior” in which individuals who are amateurs engage into activities that only professionals perform. DIY behavior is often triggered by certain motivations such as economic benefits (saving money on professional work), lack of immediate available professionals within the area, need for customization, or the need to learn a new craft or empowerment. Do-it-yourself can be learned by reading DIY magazines or reading DIY books sold in bookstores or online. No less than 4 websites carry the name “do it yourself” or “DIY” either on .com or .org domains. Historically, many do it yourself instructions in stone tablets and parchments can be traced as far back as ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, and during the Roman Empire.

However, the term do-it-yourself, though finding regular proliferation in the 18th and 19th centuries, began to be used in 1912 to describe people who prefer to do home improvements and construction on their own. By the 1950’s, the term came into common usage in reference to an emerging trend of people undertaking small crafts, construction projects, creative and recreational crafts, and home improvement for cost-savings. The growth of do-it-yourself home improvement really began picking up in the 1970’s. This trend was spurred by the lack of professional home improvement companies in suburban and localized areas. Another reason for the trend was the need to renovate many suburban homes from the 1950’s and 60’s that was beginning to fall into disrepair. Since the 1950’s, many newspapers and science magazines began publishing home improvement and creative craft DIY projects.

By the 80’s and 90’s, DIY magazines, television programs, and even radio shows were proliferating all over the country, even with the increasing number of home improvement companies. Today, many DIY websites cater even to specific DIY subjects such as DIY carpentry, DIY welding, and DIY masonry. DIY instructional and tutorial videos on YouTube has furthered increased the proliferation of DIY home improvement trends.   Compared to the internet however, DIY books have a slight advantage. For instance, a book can be left nearby, always ready to be opened for reference. While the DIY work is going on, the book can be handy nearby for quick verification. The book can then be put away after use and easily retrieved later without any powering up or web searching. Of course, even if the book falls off your work table, you just pick it up and dust if off. If that happens to your laptop, things might be a little different.

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