First off, you need to know the history. Hippies, middle fingers, cigs. This was obviously the days before Wikipedia. And the most 90s-00s thing ever is deciding that the world sucked and just moping around. Oh, if you only knew the state of the world 15-20 years later. And 20 years later, cloves aren't a good idea.
Age: kudos for acknowledging older goths...
Behavior: In today's post-modern world, whenever someone posts a "broody" pic, it's ironic. No one takes themselves so seriously anymore. Also broody goth died after Columbine, and after people are more open about mental disabilities and disorders.
Diet: Hors 'doerves? The hell? Does anyone know why? And of course cigarettes. I'm really glad that smoking isn't cool in the scene anymore. We're in a much more positive place. Nearly everyone is a vegan and focused more on healthier food and a healthier lifestyle.
Majors: HAHA yes this is still true today. I feel like everyone I follow online is one of those majors: Literature, art, psychology, history.
Natural Habitat: Why laboratories? This was a bit too early for steampunk, so I'm thinking this is more a reference to all those industrial/fetish photoshoots. lol "sometimes" goth clubs. Otherwise, still accurate.
Natural Range and Race: HOLY MOLY not ok to say today. One thing I like most about dark fashion today is that it's more inclusive. There are plenty of people who aren't pale Euros who are trendsetters and look amazing. I wouldn't say it's a "plus" anymore.
Note that there's no advice to head to the goth store or Hot Topic and buy some Lip Service or whatever. That's because only posers did that. Don't worry guys, I'll cover whether or not it's still poser to buy goth brands in separate post. Tackling the real issues that matter. In the 00s the question was, buy brand or DIY? Almost 20 years later, the question is, do you get sponsored posts as an "influencer," or buy your own shit like a peasant?
The poster recommends going to record stores to people-watch for style inspiration. Looks like in his/her neighborhood, people wore prom dresses? or wedding dresses? But yeah, I do remember going to the Northside of Chicago in my DIY finery and peacocking around the alternative music record store with the other alternative people. LOL it was only people from the suburbs who came to the city to do this. I do have to say it's quite nice that the goth community is more global, so you get to see a lot more interesting styles online and not just Darkthorne's prom dress at the half-price record store.
How has the "How to Goth" advice changed since you entered the scene?