It’s interesting to think that if Tina Fey’s Mean Girls was made today, rather than ten years ago, it would be a very different movie.
While our obsession with where people stand in the social hierarchy hasn’t changed, the complex politics of friendship are now being played out online, and it’s #fascinating.
Interactions between girls are strengthened and challenged in social media environments, with Instagram providing a particularly nuanced view into the social lives of teenage girls.
When a young girl posts a photo to Instagram (which is often a highly-curated selfie) the corresponding comments are likely to read:
“Oh my GOD”.
“What even? You’re perfect. I hate you”.
These complimentary comments are often met with equally bizarre responses.
“No you are!”
“Are you looking in the mirror?”
Most of us simply roll our eyes and concede that we no longer understand what ‘kids these days’ are talking about.
But last week, on the popular podcast This American Life, three teenage girls were given a platform to explain why they are constantly (and rather aggressively) telling their friends they are beautiful on Instagram.