America is about to develop a longstanding obsession with coloring books. Already growing in popularity, these complex, visually absorbing books will soon become a nationwide craze. Many will find them soothing, saying they experience almost Zen levels of relaxation doing them.

But they will also develop a social dimension, with groups meeting to spend time together working on coloring, and something showing the results. There will be contests, and there will be some colorists so skilled that they will be able to sell their completed coloring books as works of art. There will even be odd trends that spin off, such as television shows that you can color as you watch and clothes that are meant to be colored liked books.

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