Earlier today, the Twitter account for Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie tweeted, “Growns who think teen tweets are dumb (#followateen) should see their fellow adults’. Today we dare to #followanadult. Join us won’t you?” What the hell does any of that mean? That’s what we’re here to explain, in three simple steps.
#1. DO NOT LITERALLY FOLLOW A TEEN, LIKE DOWN THE STREET OR INTO AN ALLEY. THAT IS CREEPY AND ILLEGAL. AGAIN: NO STALKING (“FOLLOWING”) TEENS.
#2. We’re all in agreement that teenagers are the worst, right? Right. If you were a happy 14-year-old, you’re probably a miserable 30-year-old, and vice versa. That, basically, is the concept of Follow a Teen: it’s Twitter tracking one teenager (or teenagers, if you’re up for that kind of responsibility) who does dumb teenager-y things, and occasionally update your middle-aged followers what your particular teen is up to. For instance, if your teen was @Yanoodles, you’d know that she thinks “Every high school is gay lol.” Lol, indeed.
The “movement” was founded by journalist David Thorpe in 2011 and has recently found a resurgence, thanks to the tireless work of BuzzFeed’s Katie Notopoulos. But the teens, they are pissed.
OH SNAP. Now the teens are following YOU. Clever (boys and) girl(s). You never know who’s watching…