What is the “Provo Bubble”?
I’m fairly new to Provo and I’ve talked to several people who have used the term “Provo Bubble”, but I am clueless to what that even is. No doubt Provo is different than the places I’ve been to and it seems like this is a term to describe how opposite it is from everywhere else.
I think the “bubble” reference has to do with the high Mormon population, combined with Mormon-owned BYU which has the stereotype of having a student-base sheltered from the realities of the “real world”. Simply put, the “bubble” is a stereotype placed on Provo.
Family is a huge theme in the LDS church which means you find generations of families all within the same area. More people are “born and raised” in Provo compared to a place like New York City. With many of these families being LDS, who live strict moral lifestyles, it’s easy to assume there is a “bubble” effect in Provo full of people who have never lived outside of Utah and living in complete ignorance. But then again, ignorance is bliss.