I am 21 years old and I don’t know what the hell an “E-boy” is.
So I typed the moniker into Google Images and found a lot of painted nails, skater clothing, and chain necklaces on relatively attractive boys that appear to have an emo-influenced style. A blend of West Coast skate-park and Urban Outfitters, with the “e” standing for electronic.
According to Urban Dictionary, E-boy is a persona birthed online which is “goth but they don’t get made fun of as much since they’re seen as cute by girls nowadays.” An important distinction, as these boys appear to be considered cool.
The term and subsequent trend gained traction thanks to TikTok, a video-sharing app that speaks mostly to teens — think Vine but for Gen Z. These self-proclaimed E-Boys have posed and lip-synced their way into the hearts of teenage girls everywhere. The hashtag #EBoy has over 500 million views on the app and over 500k tagged posts on Instagram. Some kids wish they could date them, others wish they were them and the rest of the (older) population thinks they’re the cringiest thing to hit the Internet since Facebook stories.
@lilhuddyi’m gonna bring eboy to a whole other level.♬ original sound – imran.anj
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But perhaps the defining feature of E-boys is the “e” itself. A subculture created and spread via TikTok, these are kids that live on electronics primarily, whereas scene kids can actually be spotted on the street. Whether you love or hate them, it’s clear that E-boys are not going away any time soon. Have you heard? They’ve even inspired a new group of people to rise, the E-Girls.
Deep breaths, we’ll get through this.