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I’m not nosey, but TikTok is

If you love mess and drama, this filter is for you
By Elena Cavender  on 
The trends!
How nosey are you? Credit: Mashable Compostite

TikTok is a place for meddlers. If working from home has got you missing office gossip, then the "I'm not a nosey person" trend is for you. This week, our FYPs were inundated with odd filters, busybodies, and… more Euphoria (have the children not suffered enough?). 

I’m not a nosey person (lie) 

"I'm not a nosey person" is the perfect TikTok trend. It combines an absurd filter, an iconic audio, and relatable scenarios to make one of the funniest trends the app has seen yet. 

The premise is simple: Each video begins with someone claiming they're "not that nosey," before revealing the situation that spurs them to snoop. As they share those circumstances, the rat filter takes effect — elongating their noses and giving them whiskers. Then the TikTokker proceeds to whip their snout around as if they are sniffing out clues. The trend is paired with audio from an episode of Love & Hip Hop: Miami in which Trina yells, "you not going to call me no bitch cuz I am going to whip your ass," while dramatic music plays in the background. The audio has appeared in over 82,000 videos, and the filter has been used in nearly half a million TikToks. 

Some of my favorite uses of this trend include @pixiesitckss's video that reads, "me the moment someone shares their screen with a bunch of tabs open," and  @projectmanagerbestie's "when they start off the meeting with '___ is no longer with the company'" video. I am grateful for the nosey-person representation. 

Example of the "I am not nosey" trend.
Nosey people rise. Credit: TikTok / @pixiestickss

This trend is for all the people out there who have nothing going on in their own lives and live for the drama. So… it's for everyone. 

Please get Euphoria off my FYP

I am exhausted! I love Lexie and Fez as much as the next girl, but enough with the Euphoria trends. I can't take four more weeks of this. That being said, there is one trend that made me chuckle this week. 

Since Euphoria debuted in 2019 there's been a lot of conversation about whether the HBO teen drama is an accurate depiction of the modern high school experience. This discourse has returned in full force with the premiere of the second season a few weeks ago. It didn't take long for a TikTok trend to emerge, poking fun at the debate.

This trend is text-based, and users start with "people say Euphoria is unrealistic, but at my school…" and then proceed to describe the outlandish plot of another TV show, movie, or book. The girls that get it, get it — and the ones that don't… well, they must not be plugged into pop culture. And of course the trend is set to the Euphoria soundtrack. 

A fantastic example of the trend is @hackedat150k’s video that reads, "People say euphoria is unrealistic but at my high school our weird Spanish teacher snuck into the boy’s locker room and heard a football player singing and blackmailed him into joining the glee club. Then he traumatized his students with a rendition of 'gold digger.'" That, my friends, is the plot of my microgeneration's Euphoria, aka Glee. The Normal People and The Secret History version of the trend are also top tier. 

Example of the trend
I go to William McKinley High and it is crazy! Credit: TikTok / @hackedat150k

This week in filters

Filters have been dominating my FYP lately. Last week, we saw the "PLEASE ADOPT ME" filter take off, which randomly assigns you your celebrity parents. This week was all about finding your celebrity twin, being a Renaissance muse, and embracing your inner male podcaster. 

The "who is your celebrity twin" filter is fairly self-explanatory: It matches a celebrity to your face. The real fun here comes from people’s reactions, including your own. It's one of those trends that’s more fun to partake in than observe. 

The Renaissance Eyes filter is actually really cool. It allows you to superimpose your eyes over iconic Renaissance paintings like the "Mona Lisa" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring." The effect was created by @noctiluma, a Brazilian filter artist. So far, the effect has been used nearly 160,000 times, and even Billie Eilish got in on the trend

The final noteworthy filter of the week is the "bearded man" filter. A couple of weeks ago, women were using the filter to see what they would look like as a man, typically with a caption like "someone said if you don’t like the male version of yourself you should humble yourself." A week ago, TikTokker @sadimmigrantkid posted a video that said, "If I looked like this I would start a podcast. You know what women don’t be doing." Their video got 12.8 million views and over 1.7 million likes — and it spurred other women to use the filter to imagine themselves as podcast dudes, which is unsettling because the last thing we as a society need is more men with podcasts.

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