Thanks for all the great comments. I have receive other comments outside of the post as well. I appreciate the thoughtful and honest answers.
My personal response:
I guess I am about a 3 on the scale- I don't run from trends and I lean towards negative feelings about them. Most of the time I show interest in trends just to see what the fuss is about, but my standards are pretty high when it comes of devotion. I also run the risk of keeping my "favorites" to myself. I like to financially support bands/artists/authors who I like, and, if asked, I will give an enthusiastic answer and recommendation- I just don't volunteer the information on a regular basis.
I don't know that much about other cultures so I cannot answer those particular questions.
I believe it is mostly possible to make choices without influence or pop culture, but I don't think it is ever 100%.