Curiouser and Curiouser: Why the Curiouscat.me Twitter Trend is a Trip Down the Rabbit Hole
In Alice in Wonderland, we see Alice getting curiouser and curiouser, until she falls into a trap down the rabbit hole, unveiling a flurry of chaos and confusion. The expression is highly referenced nowadays as it presents a cautionary tale on curiosity — how it may not always be a good thing (and how it kills the proverbial cat, apparently).
The same may be said for a rising trend on Twitter, as more and more users tend to link their Curiouscat.me accounts with their feed, leaving baffled followers confused regarding mysterious questions and intriguing answers. Similar to previously famous (and now long forgotten) platforms like Formspring and ASK.fm, Curiouscat.me allows users to pose questions anonymously, ranging from harmless queries such as “Thoughts on Ready Player One?” to rather controversial declarations about sensitive concerns like relationships (“What made you break up?” or “I hooked up with your ex”) and even issues like abuse.
☹️ I’m deactivating my account on curiouscat. I’ve been receiving too many sexually abusive messages there and it’s making me feel very uncomfortable. ☹️— Shanne Dandan (@dandanshanne) April 13, 2018
Exhibit A: There are abusive messages. Curious… but NOT cool!
While users like Twitter user @dandanshane have soon realized why Alice should have ignored the rabbit, here is where it gets curiouser and curiouser: In spite of the rampage of hugely inappropriate jabs and personal attacks, people seem to thrive in the said social media platform. We wonder: Is this a new age of social media, where people can now stand up to bullies hiding under the cloak of anonymity? Is it a cry for attention, a solution for boredom, or an outlet of expression?
shoutout to the person who has used my curiouscat as a dream diary for the last month, I read all of them— H. Bomberguy (@Hbomberguy) April 12, 2018
Check out some other responses published on Twitter. Maybe you won’t fall for the rabbit hole; maybe you would. Don’t say you haven’t been warned. If drinking and spilling some tea with the Mad Hatter gives you your share of thrill, maybe this trend is worth checking out. However, for Titas of Manila like me, you may want to veer away from highly graphic recounts of people’s intimate lives or an annoying plethora of senseless comments. On to the next adventure, please! Let Twitter user Parker say it, once and for all:
If you’re in your mid-twenties and using curiouscat, get a therapist— Parker (@HEADHONCHO) April 12, 2018