Rabbitholed #48: The Young Girl Using TikTok to Determine If She Was Assaulted—All While Trying to Win Her Ex Back, Too
First, she went viral for prom dresses. Now she’s posting about her ex-boyfriend’s incensed family as they beg her to take down her social media posts.
There’s a classic bit of writing by Susan Orlean called “The American Male at Age Ten.” It perfectly captures the particular psychographic profile of a kid at that age. Today, I can’t help but think were someone to write “The American Female at High School Age” quintessential prestige journalism piece, it could absolutely not be done without extensive monitoring of that teen girl’s main—and likely her secret, too—TikTok account.
Because without it…you know nothing.
But with it? Get ready, baby. Because it is all. Completely. Out. There.
TikTok is absolutely 100% how today’s modern high schoolers think that all of human communication—from friendship breakups to traumatic sexual assault reveals—is properly done. After all, without commenters telling you that you are complete human garbage and a liar and a cheat and you deserve everything bad that ever happened to you…did it even really happen?
To quote Bo Burnham, “Maybe allowing giant media corporations to exploit the neurochemical drama of our children for profit…was a bad call…by us.”
As proof, I submit the following young female TikToker…as Exhibit A.