Somewhere else, matchmaking posts rose so you’re able to eleven videos, when you find yourself 16 video clips
Now Alice’s feed has compensated to the a steady stream of fashion tips and tv compilations, but the relationships stuff nonetheless remains, only if somewhat. I started initially to become around to the concept that in case I wouldn’t expunge all the insufferable people out of my personal offer, I can about compress how many these to a good down dimensions.
Before charging back onto the frontlines, I decided to do the unthinkable and actually make a TikTok. “POV you’re waiting for the TikTok algorithm to work out you’ve been dumped,” I wrote on the screen as I filmed myself swiping restlessly. The new videos alone was rarely Oscar-worthy but I figured it would do the job. After triple-checking I had blocked my ex on every possible social media platform where he might see it, I filled the caption with the most pathetic hashtags I could think of, then I let my little bit of content fly.
I returned to the FYP a few hours later to see if this had made any impact. A mere five videos about boyfriends popped up, while I identified 19 to do with being single, heartbroken, or using dating apps. With Red (Taylor’s Version) now out in the world, distraught Swifties recalling casually vicious exes accounted for 16 of the TikToks I saw during my half-an-hour scrolling session. At long last, progress was being made.
Time Half dozen
I checked back in with my video: over 1,000 plays. Hardly a viral banger but we were here for science, not clout. Ms Swift continued to establish herself as the main character on my FYP. in regards to the tedium away from dating trickled back in like old friends I hadn’t seen since before the pandemic. I peeped my screen time afterwards: I’d overrun the clock by 15 minutes. TikTok was starting to feel like home again, and my suggested searches had – thank God – been cleared of any mention of the b-word.
Big date Seven
Exactly four weeks on from that awful, awful phone call, I opened TikTok one last time to see whether I had managed to successfully bend the algorithm to my will. (suite…)