TikTok’s Ugly ‘NPC In Real Life’ Trend Reflects The Worst Side Of Growing Up Online

TikTok’s Ugly ‘NPC In Real Life’ Trend Reflects The Worst Side Of Growing Up Online

I’ve been seeing these videos for at least a year, what I’d call the “NPC in real life” trend on TikTok, videos which involve harassing, embarrassing, or frightening people in public. Harassment is a staple of online life, something I placidly accept from YouTube “prank” channels, niche celebrity drama, and my Twitter reply guys. But these videos needled me in a unique way, as if watching them sunk my hand into a bowl of sweet gum tree seeds, because their …