From your favorite color to extremely personal and exclusive questions, CuriousCat has become a social networking tool that propagates obsession with internet fame and anonymous toxicity.
The initial aim of the site is to let the people of the internet ask each other questions in order to get to know one another better. The site also provides a feature that allows you to submit questions anonymously. With all of those factors pooled onto one site, it’s not a surprise that it has become a recipe for disaster.
In 2016, Marco Balbona created CuriousCat. There has been a time, around 2017, when the site has lost some of its audience. However, it has risen again this year. A number of tweets have gone viral that originated from CuriousCat. Of course, as it had started becoming trendy, a number of people have created accounts of their own once again.
It gets worse than that. The initial purpose of this website is to ask questions. However, a lot of people are using this to simply comment on the other person’s life. It’s become not only for gathering information about the user in question, but an outlet to project hate and toxicity.
Moreover, CuriousCat lets you send questions to yourself as it doesn’t require you to log in.
There have been accounts of people using this feature in order to send themselves questions that can breed controversy. Twitter has had its fair share of viral tweets from CuriousCat accounts that curate these questions. They already have answers that fit the proper rubric for it to be viral: relatable and funny. With its origin coming form CuriousCat, it gives off this impression that there is a conversation that is taking place, and not just a typical monologue on Twitter. Thus, this also adds to its increasing numbers in RTs and Favs.
Weirdly enough, there are also some people who send themselves hate messages that they openly respond to, as said by Balbona in an interview.
It’s worth considering that they do this with the same reason as why they submit compliments to their own accounts. Receiving submissions, regardless if they’re positive or not, has become a standard for self-worth. It begs the question of the person’s own importance to the internet–if whether or not we’re worth the time of day.
Attaching one’s self-worth and dignity to the internet proves itself to be toxic not only to yourself but to other people as well.
Subjecting ourselves to this mindset changes our perspective of everyone. We attach likes, retweets, and submissions to our own social desirability. Inevitably, we also project that criteria onto other people. This only propagates a system and community that disregards the person behind the screen. We mustn’t forget that there are actual lives affected by these comments. Ultimately, validation from the internet will not solve anything, but distract us from our actual problems.
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