After Buzzfeed encouraged Twitter users to "follow a teen," teens struck back with the witty #followanadult hashtag.

What's the only thing funnier than following a teen on Twitter? Following an adult, of course.

It started with #FollowATeen, prankster journalist David Thorpe's 2012 hashtag that urged Twitter players to follow a teen, either on Twitter or in real life, and then report on their doings. In April, Buzzfeed editor Katie Notopoulos brought it back with gusto, and the hashtag has been making the rounds with hilarious entries:

But not everyone was laughing—particularly, teens. There's a thin line between affection and mockery, and with some news reports comparing them to pet Tamagotchis, it's easy to see why some teens took offense to the attempt at inter-generational bonding.

Enter 17-year-old Tavi Gavinson, founder of Rookie magazine, a fount of wisdom and culture for teen girls. While others had floated the idea of #followanadult since April, it didn't really take off until Gavinson and Rookie launched it officially, starting with an inaugural tweet by Rookie writer Hazel Cills:

Directing their playful jab at "Growns" who think teens are dumb, Rookie encouraged others to play along and follow an adult.  The result? An endless hashtag of hilarity, as possibly unsuspecting adults have their moment in the spotlight. 

Judging from the tweets, it appears to be less like owning a Tamigotchi and more like playing Sim City: Yuppieville edition.



Of course, knowing how to find an Adult to follow is crucial. Pertinent Twitter search suggestions provided by Twitter users include "escrow," "my Sebring," "golf," bill payments, and, of course, general ennui.  In addition, a perusal of the tag shows that Adults seem to like Harlem Shake videos, How I Met Your Mother, and Taylor Swift. Hmm. Could it be that Adults secretly yearn to be teens who can listen with unironic naive abandon to "Love Story"?




All signs point to Yes.

As the hashtag gained popularity, it inevitably invoked jokes from confused in-betweeners unsure which "side" of the hashtag war they were on.




Perhaps not so coincidentally, the theme for this month's Rookie is "Attention."  Ironically, through #followanadult and attempting to deflect attention away from teens, they may have gained more of it for themselves, and showed off the best of teen wit in the process.

Art by Jason Reed

Promoted Stories Powered by Sharethrough
Facebook shocked that a woman runs I F*cking Love Science
When the owner of the most popular science page on Facebook revealed her identity the other day, the reaction was sadly predictable. "OMG GIRL," came the crescendo of comments from dumbfounded men (and a few women). It was as if Elise Andrew had infiltrated a 19th century scientific conference and suddenly ripped off a fake mustache in front of the assembled muttering menfolk. Cue pipes falling from open mouths. Shock! Awe! A woman!
Why do straight women prefer lesbian porn?
This article contains sexually explicit material. At this point in 2015, we’ve pretty much thoroughly debunked the myth that straight women don’t watch porn. What kind of porn we’re actually watching, however, is still very much an open question. Some research says women prefer narrative-driven, female-friendly content. According to other studies, we flick our beans to the same hardcore sex scenes dudes hunt down on tube sites.
The Latest From Daily Dot Video

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter!